"Hallucinations" - 16 mind altering tunes from a mind altering age


In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE147
"At the end of the 1960s it was unnatural not to have hallucinations..."

1. mad over you - the groop

Late 60s pop rock with a very groovy organ break. They released about a dozen singles and at least three albums. Both sides are featured on their third 1967 album, also on CBS. See also vol 183 for the flipside.

9. you've been unfair - the clique

Popular beat group from England, so not the US group on White Whale Records.  This is a 1965 B-side on Pye Records.

2. baby, baby, love - the jerms

Groovy psychedelic garage from 1969 at the end of their career, which started in 1965 in Topeka, Kansas. Certainly one of the hottest Kansas bands ever. The more soulful groovy A-side "Noboby" was picked up by Vampi Soul, a Spanish label. Perhaps this happened because this 45 was also issued in Spain.

10. hallucinations - baker knight & the knightmares

Fantastic psychedelic rocker from 1967 by the songwriter who was responsible for immortal songs such as Ricky Nelson's "Lonesome town". This is one of the few recordings with the Knightmares as backing band.

3. the weekend's here - chubby checker

Ernest Evans got a bit lost after the twist, the limbo, the pony and the other dance crazes. He had to reinvent himself as a singer. In 1965 Chubby recorded his best song "At the discotheque", but the idea was formed a year earlier in songs like this new version of "The weekend's here". A 1964 Cameo-Parkway release.

11. travelling - eden rose

Before turning into the progressive rock band Sandrose (with lead vocals by Rose Laurens) in 1971, they released this final 45 for Katema Records in1970, a progressive psych instrumental with a leading Hammond organ, written by Henry Garella, who previously played with Les Gardians.

4. shing-a-ling-loo - the platters

They never sounded more soul than with this 1967 B-side of "On the top of my mind". Forget about "Only you" or "The great pretender". This is my fave Platters tune, which was also featured on their album "Going back to Detroit".

12. she blew a good thing - the poets

There were many bands called The Poets. This band gave us "Wrapped around your finger". This soul tune was recorded for Symbol Records in 1966.

5. soul power - mississippi joe

Who was Mississippi Joe? Is this really his sole release? B-side of "The funky blues", an instrumental funk tune from 1968 on the small soul-funk label Midas Records.

13. boogaloo investigator - the exotics

Fantastic 1967 boogaloo funk instrumental from 1967 on Excello Records. I believe this outfit only recorded two 45s, this being their first.

6. i need love - the travis justis group

Fantastic psychedelic soul platter from 1969 by the unknown Travis Justis Group. Only one 45 that I know of. There's a UK and a US release.

14. springtime in the city - graham bond

English keyboard player, big name in the UK blues rock scene of the late 60s, who killed himself four years later, age 36. Terrific B-side of "Walking in the park", a Warner Bros release from 1970.

7. turn on your love light - the human beinz

Ohio garage outfit from Youngstown, known for "Nobody but me" in 1967. Earlier they had some fine cover versions of Brit standards like "My generation", "Evil hearted you", and they were the second to record "The pied piper", right after the first version by Changin' Times, also from 1965. "Turn on your love light" had been a hit for Bobby Bland in 1962 and also in 1968 for The Human Beinz in... Japan!

15. the girl who plays the bass guitar - brian

Brian Bastow moved to Australia at the age of 4. The Shake Spears discovered him in 1966 and he followed them to Belgium. One year later he left the band, stayed in Belgium and recorded two albums and nine singles. On the inside of the sleeve you can read the words and music of both songs. Every single should have this extra, no?

8. pardon my complete objection - noel odom & the group

B-side of a Beegees song "I can't see nobody". Folk rock tune from 1968 on Uptown by a band whose best known song is "Come on down to earth" on Tower Records.

 16. let the four winds blow - roy brown 

By the man who gave us "Butcher Pete" and "Slow down little Eva". He's here with a solid 1957 cover version of a Fats Domino song on an Imperial45.