Wool: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 25, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 649) Wool — “Love, Love, Love, Love, Love” ’69 A-side and album track is super funky rock, a “vocal tour-de-force” (Psych-spaniolos, https://psychspaniolos.blogspot.com/2009/07/wool-wool-1969.html) from an album that’s “a super tight blend of psych-rock, pop, and funk.” (K. Kanitz, http://therisingstorm.net/wool-wool/) I think this song wasContinue reading “Wool: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 25, 2022”

The Kirkbys — “It’s a Crime”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 23, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 648) The Kirkbys — “It’s a Crime” This is where it all started for Jimmy Campbell, who was responsible for the 23rd Turnoff’s “Michael Angelo” (see #22), the most sublime psychedelic masterpiece of the 60’s, and so much more. I need to doContinue reading “The Kirkbys — “It’s a Crime”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 23, 2022”

Buzzy Linhart — “Everybody’s Got (And Don’t You Know)”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 22, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 647) Buzzy Linhart — “Everybody’s Got (And Don’t You Know)” A rocking plea for people to just get along with each other by a beloved artist (for those who knew him) (see #346). Joe Viglione says that Linhart veers off into Donovan Leitch’sContinue reading “Buzzy Linhart — “Everybody’s Got (And Don’t You Know)”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 22, 2022″

William E./Quentin E. Klopjaeger & the Gonks– “Lazy Life”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 21, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 646) William E./Quentin E. Klopjaeger & the Gonks — “Lazy Life” This lovely and lilting ‘67 A-side is one of the great ‘60’s paeans to chilling, along with such songs as the Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” and Spanky and Our Gang’s “Lazy Day”.Continue reading “William E./Quentin E. Klopjaeger & the Gonks– “Lazy Life”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 21, 2022″

Duffy Power — “I Saw Her Standing There” (alt. version): Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 20, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 645) Duffy Power — “I Saw Her Standing There” (alternate version) What a wild, happening ’63 cover of “I Saw Her Standing There” by the great Duffy Power (see #638). Duffy’s first take is even better than his A-side, but the Beatles toldContinue reading “Duffy Power — “I Saw Her Standing There” (alt. version): Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 20, 2022”

Omega — “Tűzvihar”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 19, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 644) Omega — “Tűzvihar”/(“Firestorm”) Another sizzling, forró number from Hungary’s greatest rock band. Sorry, this one wasn’t adopted by the Scorpions (see #195), but it is nevertheless a “devastating hard boogie[]” (Soviet Sam, http://sovietsam.blogspot.com/2013/09/omega-10000-lepes-1969.html?m=1), “a psychedelic blues based hard rock song which describesContinue reading “Omega — “Tűzvihar”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 19, 2022”

Barbara Lewis — “Baby That’s a No No”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 18, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 643) Barbara Lewis — “Baby That’s a No No” Here is a late career classic that should have been a single, should have been a hit! Barbara grew up near Ann Arbor, Michigan, my home for law school. The Michigan Rock and RollContinue reading “Barbara Lewis — “Baby That’s a No No”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 18, 2022”

Al Kooper — “Anna Lee (What Can I Do for You)”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 17, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 642) Al Kooper — “Anna Lee (What Can I Do For You)” A glorious Band-y cut from Kooper’s second solo album, ’69’s You Never Know Who Your Friends Are, a song, as Ian McFarlane says, that is full of “swooping, soulful intensity” (linerContinue reading “Al Kooper — “Anna Lee (What Can I Do for You)”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 17, 2022″

The Cape Kennedy Construction Company — “The First Step on the Moon”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 16, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 641) The Cape Kennedy Construction Company — “The First Step on the Moon” Back to the moon! Here is the A-side from the Company’s only single — released in the UK on July 25, 1969, four days after Neil Armstrong became the firstContinue reading “The Cape Kennedy Construction Company — “The First Step on the Moon”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 16, 2022”

The Floor: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 15, 2022

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the-floor/1st-floor-2/buy/ THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 640) The Floor — “Hush” An anodyne treat from Denmark, this pop psych/folk rock wonder comes from the band’s only album. Richie Unterberger calls the song “delicately folky” with “a beguiling winding melody”. (https://www.allmusic.com/album/1st-floor-mw0001449509) Yup. As Shakespeare might say, something is groovyContinue reading “The Floor: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 15, 2022”

Herman’s Hermits — “Busy Line”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 13, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 639) Herman’s Hermits — “Busy Line” Herman’s Hermits (see #300, 613) will be the new Monkees. They will get the respect they deserve. Don’t take my word for it. Just listen to Altrockchick: They were one of the most successful bands of theContinue reading “Herman’s Hermits — “Busy Line”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 13, 2022”

Duffy Power — “Mary Open the Door”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 12, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 636) Duffy Power — “Mary Open the Door” This stunning number from the British blues legend “is a fine soulful blues-rock Power original” (Richie Unterberger, https://www.allmusic.com/artist/duffys-nucleus-mn0001805601), unlike pretty much anything he ever recorded. Diana Donald comments on YouTube that: Duffy and I wroteContinue reading “Duffy Power — “Mary Open the Door”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 12, 2022”

John Cale — “Gideon’s Bible”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 11, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 637) John Cale — “Gideon’s Bible” What, the Velvet Underground’s classically-trained demon’s first solo album was . . . pure pop pleasure?! Yup, and peak pleasure is “Gideon’s Bible”, though I have to admit the lyrics are fairly inscrutable. As Brendan says, “CaleContinue reading “John Cale — “Gideon’s Bible”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 11, 2022”

The Searchers — “Crazy Dreams”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 10, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 636) The Searchers — “Crazy Dreams” The Searchers’ chart successes dwindled in the latter half of the ‘60’s, but they still released exquisite singles, ones that deserved to be hits. One of the best was this barnstorming psychy ‘67 B-side, written by JohnContinue reading “The Searchers — “Crazy Dreams”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 10, 2022”

Olympic — “Everybody”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 9, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 635) Olympic — “Everybody” The great and pioneering Czech band — going strong after 60 years! — gives us this infectious and buoyant gem off of its second album, ’69’s Pták Rosomák (The Bird Wolverine). Even if it is about a bar fightContinue reading “Olympic — “Everybody”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 9, 2022”

Georgie Fame — “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 8, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 634) Georgie Fame – “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” I love Georgie (see #103, 169), and not just because my mother used to call me Georgie! He has always been, per Max Bell, “the coolest of the cool” (https://www.udiscovermusic.com/artist/georgie-fame/) and it’s beenContinue reading “Georgie Fame — “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 8, 2022”

The Basement Wall — “Never Existed”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 7, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 633) The Basement Wall — “Never Existed” The band’s lone A-side (‘67) was “a keyboard-driven regional smash similar in spirit to Texas punk” (Jason Ankeny, https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-basement-wall-mn0000030994/biography). Gilesi enthuses: “Never Existed” is a melodic garage psycher that contrasts a relatively understated verse with aContinue reading “The Basement Wall — “Never Existed”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 7, 2022”

“I’ll Be Back”: The Beatles, not Arhhnold, Special Edition: Cliff Richard/Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends/The Buckinghams: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 6, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD I present three extraordinary and unheralded covers of the Beatles’ classic ballad “I’ll Be Back” — by Cliff Richard, Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends, and The Buckinghams. They each bring out the horns, and each bring out something unique andContinue reading ““I’ll Be Back”: The Beatles, not Arhhnold, Special Edition: Cliff Richard/Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends/The Buckinghams: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 6, 2022”

Buddy Miles — “The Segment”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 5, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 629) Buddy Miles — “The Segment” Ah, Buddy Miles (see #112, 221, 366). As Jamie Ludwig says, he was a “force of nature as a drummer, vocalist, and bandleader. ” He moves my soul. Ludwig goes on: “The Segment” is a piece ofContinue reading “Buddy Miles — “The Segment”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 5, 2022”

Richie Havens — “For Haven’s Sake”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 4, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 628) Richie Havens — “For Haven’s Sake” A haunting, meditative and unforgettable song, released shortly before Havens made history at Woodstock. Carl Bookstein says it is “a melancholy blues, and beautiful.” (https://pennyblackmusic.co.uk/Home/Details?id=24934) and Hope Silverman calls it: Sad, desperate and determined . .Continue reading “Richie Havens — “For Haven’s Sake”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 4, 2022”