The Millenium: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 19, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 586) The Millennium — “It Won’t Always Be the Same” Sunshine pop went supernova with the Millennium (see #397, 506), a 60’s sunshine supergroup that created Begin, the greatest sunshine pop album ever recorded. As to the sublime “It Won’t Always Be theContinue reading “The Millenium: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 19, 2022”

Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz — “God Said”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 18, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 585) Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz— “God Said” Bernstein created mass hysteria in ‘71 with his MASS, a “theater piece for singers, players and dancers,” that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked him to compose for the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center forContinue reading “Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz — “God Said”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 18, 2022″

The Main Ingredient —“Magic Shoes”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 17, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 584) The Main Ingredient — “Magic Shoes” Glorious B-side and track from the MI’s second LP. Don’t play the fool, put on your magic shoes and listen to this one! Phyl Garland got it exactly right in Ebony: On their second album releaseContinue reading “The Main Ingredient —“Magic Shoes”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 17, 2022”

Susan Christie: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 16, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 583) Susan Christie — “Rainy Day” Scandalously unissued in its day, “Rainy Day” is one of an album’s-worth “exquisitely beautiful examples of what could only be called acid folk.” (Bruce Eder, https://www.allmusic.com/artist/susan-christie-mn0001215020/biography). Jeanette Leech calls the album that never was (until 2006!) “oneContinue reading “Susan Christie: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 16, 2022”

Winston’s Fumbs — “Real Crazy Apartment”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 15, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 582) Winston’s Fumbs — “Real Crazy Apartment” The greatest ever freakbeat ode to a Swinging London bachelor’s pad. OK, maybe the only one. No Norwegian wood here! Joynson says that “Apartment” is “a manic rocker”. (The Tapestry of Delights Revisited) Mike Stax callsContinue reading “Winston’s Fumbs — “Real Crazy Apartment”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 15, 2022”

United Travel Service — “Wind and Stone”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 14, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 581) The United Travel Service — “Wind and Stone” Before Portland was hip Portlandia, it was this college band’s mission to bring the sounds of San Francisco to the stodgy Northwest! Vernon Joynson and Max Waller call “Wind and Stone” “excellent soft psych-rockContinue reading “United Travel Service — “Wind and Stone”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 14, 2022”

Thoughts & Words: “Go Out and Find the Sun”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 13, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 580) Thoughts and Words — “Go Out and Find the Sun” From Pandamonium comes . . . deep, calming Thoughts and Words and a bewitching song of affirmation and encouragement that should have been as ubiquitous in the early ‘70’s as the happyContinue reading “Thoughts & Words: “Go Out and Find the Sun”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 13, 2022”

The Rolling Stones — “My Obsession”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 12, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 579) The Rolling Stones — “My Obsession” I have to admit that when I recently heard “Obsession” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage, I thought “what is this super-cool Stones song that I have no recollection of ever having heard before?!”. Was it fromContinue reading “The Rolling Stones — “My Obsession”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 12, 2022”

John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band— “Love”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 11, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD (song first featured as) #113) John Lennon — “Love” On this 21st anniversary of 9/11, the only thing I could think of to play that was remotely appropriate was John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band‘s “Love” from 1970, one of the mostContinue reading “John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band— “Love”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 11, 2022”

Reperata and the Delrons: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 10, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 578) Reparata and the Delrons — “We’re Gonna Hold the Night” I love Reparata and the Delrons (see #258, 389) — and not just because they got together in ‘62 (the year I was born!) at St. Brendan’s Catholic School in Brooklyn (whereContinue reading “Reperata and the Delrons: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 10, 2022”

The Odyssey — “Little Girl, Little Boy”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 9, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 577) The Odyssey — “Little Girl, Little Boy” Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails and sugar and spice and all that’s nice? NOT! Cashbox calls “Little Girl” a “scorching ’68 garage punker” (https://www.45cat.com/record/ww263), Bruce Eder says it is “[m]emorably defiant” and a “hotContinue reading “The Odyssey — “Little Girl, Little Boy”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 9, 2022″

John Hurley: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 8, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 576) John Hurley — “Grandview Baptist Church” This rollicking tune off of Hurley’s debut album (’70) brings a church revival meeting to joyful life. Hurley co-wrote it with Ronnie Wilkins after the two wrote another song called “Son of a Preacher Man” —Continue reading “John Hurley: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 8, 2022”

Knights Bridge: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 7, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 575) Knights Bridge — “Make Me Some Love” B-side of only single (‘68) by the Odessa, Texas, band — not the Knights Bridge Quintet from Waco, Texas! (http://ontheroadsouth.blogspot.com/2011/06/knights-bridge-quintet.html) This is AP garage rock — these high schoolers should have gotten college credit! BoltContinue reading “Knights Bridge: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 7, 2022”

Barbara Keith: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 6, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 574) Barbara Keith — “Fisherman King” From the acclaimed songwriter’s first album (and a ’69 A-side). Barbara weighs the merits of being a fisherman’s wife vs. being a king’s wife. Enchanting rock, enchanting voice, what a siren song. It was immediately covered byContinue reading “Barbara Keith: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 6, 2022”

Donny Hathaway: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 5, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 573) Donny Hathaway — “Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)” “Voices”, the incredible opening track from Donny’s incredible ‘70 debut album Everything is Everything, is not funk, but it is so, so funky! Brandon Ousley writes that: Before releasing his debut album in theContinue reading “Donny Hathaway: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 5, 2022”

The Pretty Things: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 4, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 572) The Pretty Things — “Talkin’ About the Good Times” You’ve heard of power pop — well, this is power psych. The ’68 A-side by the ugliest pretty things you’ve ever seen is magnificent (see #82, 94, 153, 251). Oh, and listen closelyContinue reading “The Pretty Things: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 4, 2022”

Buddy Britten & the Regents: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 3, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 571) Buddy Britten & the Regents — “Right Now” Former Buddy Holly impersonator lays down the best version ever of a Herbie Mann/Mel Torme jazz classic, turning it into a swingin’ R&B number that Georgie Fame would have been proud it. Oh, andContinue reading “Buddy Britten & the Regents: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 3, 2022”

Barry Gibb: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 2, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 570) Barry Gibb — “Peace in my Mind” An utterly gorgeous, utterly perfect pop song by Barry from his solo album that was never to be. “All I ask is peace in my mind” — which Barry Gibb might have longed for duringContinue reading “Barry Gibb: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 2, 2022”

Sons of Adam: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 1, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 569) Sons of Adam — “Saturday’s Son” A classic garage B-side from kings of L.A.’s Strip (see #187) about an outcast so screwed he would have given everything to have been born under a bad sign! “Saturday’s Son” is a “killer track, withContinue reading “Sons of Adam: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 1, 2022”

Fickle Pickle: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 31, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 568) Fickle Pickle — “Saturday” One of those seemingly miraculous Beatlesque songs that seem to have come out of nowhere, “Saturday” from Sinful Skinful is sort of a Saturday in the Park with You. Shindig Magazine says that the album’s “best tracks areContinue reading “Fickle Pickle: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 31, 2022”