Hello all and welcome to summer! It’s a bit dreary (again) here in western NY, but I’m holding out for better weather this July. I can’t wait till 4th of July weekend where I can actually have four straight days off from work. WOO HOO! I’ll be brief here and just say that this offering is the usual melting pot of 60’s sounds. A little bit of this…and a little bit of that. I will say there are some weird ones here, and some R&B heavy stuff but for the most part it fits the “Dan’s Garage” mold. Whatever that might be.
Cry Baby Wah Advertisement (1967)
I’m sure many savvy collectors have heard The Electric Prunes do their endorsement of the “Vox Wah Wah Pedal” which was most notably featured on the Pebbles Vol. 2 LP. I found this at a record show back in ‘86 and it was one of those paper records but was glued to a 10” acetate of who knows what. Unlike the Vox ad which was precisely that, an “ad”, this is more of a promotional gimmick that may have been a mail in thing when you purchased one of these gizmos. It’s pretty hilarious the way they demonstrate the many uses of this widely used and sometimes hated guitar effect. After Clapton and Hendrix got a hold of these things, guitar playing would forever be changed. For better or for worse.
Choir – It’s Cold Outside / I’m Going Home (1967)
A true bona fide garage classic. The Choir had a very complicated history, but to make things short, the ended up as the Raspberries in the early 70s. Although they had several releases, this is considered their finest moment, but “I’d Rather You Leave Me” is a close runner up
Jim Doval & The Gauchos – Annie Ya Ya / Out Of Sight (1966)
We last saw Jim & his gang back in IDG#47 doing a great version of “Hey Mama Keep Yo Big Mouth Shut!” on Diplomacy. They re-do the flip side of that one, "She’s So Fine", and call it “Annie Ya-Ya” for the A side of this one and do a great version of James Brown's “Out Of Sight” on the flip.
Palace Guard – All Night Long / Playgirl (1965)
The second 45 to released by this L.A. group which included Emmit Rhodes who went on to form The Merry-Go-Round. They were a pretty big act around the L.A. area during ‘65/’66. It’s too bad they never achieved mass popularity because they had a great pop/garage formula with terrific vocals.
Four Below Zero – It’s Sally’s Birthday Today / Don’t Send Me Away (1967)
Geez, it’s tough getting info on groups that have the same name and this one is no exception. I think these guys are from the Pacific NW because there is a group with the same name on Jerden Records (not that that really means anything…) but there’s also a 70s act with the same name so that confuses things a bit. This here is a somewhat inept two sider for 1967 that blends garage and folk rock rather nicely.
Knights Of Day – Mr. Pitiful / Then There’s You (1968)
Some more soul influenced “garage” ( I hesitate to call this stuff garage because it doesn’t really fit the mold, but you gotta admit, these guys weren’t no hi-tech act either if you know what I mean…) from Wisconsin of all places. The A side is a rendition of Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful” and the flip is some hilarious cheezy lounge music that’s so…well…cheezy, that I had to include it.
Elastik Band – Spazz / Paper Mache (1967)
What a great tune! The Elastik Band’s only fault was that they had the sheer balls to release this kooky gem at the birth of society’s hypersensitivity with mental issues and were buried because it was thought they were making fun of people with mental disabilities. But we all know what this song is really all about. I dig the flip a lot too.