Jaguars - The Gorilla / You'll Turn Away
I could have sworn these were the same East L.A. Jaguars that did "Return Of Farmer John", but I guess they were a different band from San Jose. Great version of "The Gorilla" and the flip sounds just like "Moulty"!
Scuba Crowns - Concentration / Scuba Dive
Probably The Champs, but I might be wrong. Cool cheezy surf tunes about a new dance craze that never really caught on, and scuba diving of course.
Jay Bentley & The Jet Set - Watusi '64
More dance craziness. Great party atmosphere on this one. The flip's kinda lame so I left it out...
Mojo Men - Dance With Me / Loneliest Boy In Town
A real classic here! Jimmy Alaimo was the cousin of Steve Alaimo, local Rochester, NY native. This was their second 45 on Autumn. It should also be noted that "Sly" is indeed Sly Stone who produced this and apparently played organ on it too.
Pilgrimage - Do You Love Me
The same group that did the fantastic "Bad Apple". This is a great movin' version of the Contours hit.
Gants - I Wonder / Greener Days
One of, if not the best Gants tune IMHO. "I Wonder" was actually the 'B' side of "Greener Days", which was written and produced by "Bread" master David Gates. It's kinda mushy, but I really like it, so I included it here anyway.
Bob Seger & The Last Heard - East Side Story
Seger's first single. The first time I heard this I couldn't believe it was the same guy, but those vocals..... Yeah, it's too bad he couldn't continue to put out stuff like this, but I guess he had a lot of bills to pay.
Plebs - Bad Blood / Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
A British group that I have no info about (can anyone help???). Terrific organ driven two sider released in early '65. The version of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is unlike any I've ever heard.
Sir Raleigh & The Coupons - Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day / Whitcomb Street
Nice pounding version of this tune. From Seattle, Sir Raleigh was actually Dewey Martin who became the drummer for The Buffalo Springfield. "Whitcomb St." is a great instrumental that sounds like a backing track that never had any vocals put on it, in fact after closer inspection (with my ears of course), it turns out it's a version of "If You Want Me It's Alright" by Adam Faith & The Roulettes, without vocals!!!!.
Liverpool Five - She's Mine / Sister Love
I love The Liverpool Five. I can't figure out why these guys weren't more popular 'cause the vast majority of their 45s are great two siders. Originally from England, they settled down in the Pacific Northwest, and released 4 or 5 albums, and 8 45s all worth seeking out.
Plebeian Rebellion - Good Sweet Love / Stick To Your Guns
Great bubblegummy psych pop with some killer fuzz guitar. Probably a studio group, but I can't say for sure.
Noon Express - Flashback / Key To Love
I think these guys are British, or maybe from L.A.???. I can't say for sure. A side is cool psych with a bit of horns, that don't screw it up because the rest of it is so good. The flip is a cover of the John Mayall classic. Also real good.
Knack - Time Waits For No One / I'm Aware
Awesome psych/pop. Not to be confused with the 70's power poppers. I just love this 45, it's got all the great elements. Should've been a hit.
? & The Mysterians - Make You Mine / I Love You Baby(Like Nobody's Business)
A perfect example of a band sticking to it's formula and saying "screw you" to the current trends. As you can see by the date on the 45, this gem was released right in the middle of the flower power psychedelic era, but Rudy and Co. stayed with their signature sound for better or for worse. I'm glad they did because this is truly one of their best.
Whatt Four - You're Wishin' I Was Someone Else / Dandelion Wine
Superb! "Wishin" is perfect fuzz driven pop/psych/punk, and Dandelion Wine is also a great trippy psych number. If you want more detailed info on this band check out the awesome Garage Hangover site.
Rainy Daze - In My Mind Lives A Forest
Fantastic flip side of the goofy "That Acapulco Gold". Great stuff!!!!
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