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1. The Who - Armenia City in the Sky

The opening song of the album, "Armenia City in the Sky,' is one of the best tracks on the album, and one which well illustrates why the Who are among the very best of the contemporary groups. First of all, they have such a firm grasp of the basics of rock and roll that they, like the Beatles, do not stumble when they move on to newer and more creative endeavors in rock and roll; they've learned their stuff and are thus practiced enough to come up with a wholly original instrumental sound.

Within that framework, the Who set various electronic miniatures, including passages of guitar feedback and distortions, variations on a theremin and a tonal puddle from an organ. These are not extended breaks completely outside the structure of the song (which is the mark of a group trying to be experimental with too little real substance,) but tight and intelligently thought out placements. And, there are the lyrics: "If you ever want to disappear, just take off and think of this: Armenia City in the Sky."

~ Rolling Stone February 1968

From the album: Sell Out
Released: 1967

 
2. John's Children - Midsummer Night's Scene

Legendary 60s Freakbeat Mod Psychedelic rockers John's Children featuring a young Marc Bolan of T. Rex. (June 1967)

The most legendary record of all. Not only is "Midsummer Night's Scene" the band's most well known song (along with "Desdemona"), it is also one of the most sought after singles of all time among collectors.

Label: Track Record 604005
Format: Vinyl, 7" 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: June 1967

 
3. The Masters Apprentices - War or Hands Of Time

Classic 'B' side to sixties single 'Undecided' by aussie rock band, the Masters Apprentices. This was one of those songs that grew to be a bit of a cult favorite. I loved both sides of that classic single. Both songs were written by rhythm guitarist and band leader, Mick Bower who wrote all those classic early Masters songs such as 'Buried and Dead', 'Living in a Child's Dream' and 'Tired of Just Wandering'. He was a great songwriter who sadly left after their third single due to ill health. The band went on to continued success with a different line up, although with Jim Keays still on vocals. Jim is still singing today. Good on him.

Label: Astor ‎A-7071
Country: Australia
Released: 1967

   
4. The Haunted - 1-2-5

The Haunted were a Canadian garage rock band from Montreal, Quebec. The band was formed by Jurgen Peter in 1965, and went on to release several records before finally disbanding in 1971.

Label: Quality ‎1814X
Format: Vinyl, 7" Single 45 RPM
Country: Canada
Released: 1966

   
5. The Glass Family - House Of Glass

Jim Callon formed a band to play surf music and covers at frat parties to make some money. They went by a few different monikers at that point; the Carpet Baggers and the Soul Survivors amongst them. A few years later when the band members were at Cal State LA for grad school, they changed the band name to The Glass Family.

They played all over Los Angeles, gigging at notable venues like The Troubadour, The Topanga Corral and The Whiskey A Go-Go, sharing bills with The Doors, Vanilla Fudge, and Love. By 1967, they'd secured a record deal with Warner Bros. Records, who released their record in 1968. Although it never became the hit that they'd hoped for, the more important result was that the Glass Family were a piece of the puzzle of the times: playing gigs with Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Bros, Canned Heat, Big Brother and The Holding Company with Janis Joplin, and The Grateful Dead.

The first LP is a reissue of the band's original Warner Bros. album. The second LP contains unreleased tracks-how the band intended the songs to sound. Initial recording sessions for the album took place in the summer of 1967 with Richie Podolor (producer for Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night) at the helm. Those recordings were rejected by Warner Bros. So the band went back into the studio late in 1967 and early 1968 with Podolor in hopes of creating something more palatable to the label folks. These later sessions are what eventually comprised the original Glass Family album, Electric Band.

From the album: Electric Band
Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 1967

   
6. Elephants Memory - Super Heep

"The Elephants Memory is living proof of the adage, "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." The Elephants Memory is made up of many parts. Seven people representing two generations, jazz and rock; two ideologies, that of the rebel and that of the love world. Their music is hard yet soft, happy yet pensive, complex and simple, powerful and delicate, tribal and modern. The group is brassy New York with the radiance of California sun.

Out of all these disparate elements, a unique and honestly individual sound emerges, strong and pure, truly moving. This is the Elephants Memory.

From the album: Elephant's Memory
Label: Buddah
Released: 1969

   
7. Chocolate Watch Band - Gossamer Wings

The Chocolate Watch Band is an American garage rock band that was based in San Jose, California. The band, formed in 1965, went through several lineup changes during its existence, but developed a sound heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones.

No Way Out is the debut album by the American garage rock band The Chocolate Watch Band, and was released in September 1967 on Tower Records.

From the album: No Way Out
Label: Tower
Released: 1967

   
8. Jason Crest - A Place In The Sun

Tonbridge band Jason Crest released five singles on Philips between 1967-69 and all are hideously rare. Check out their retrospective collection on the Wooden Hill CD that came out about 10 years ago.

According to the liners, Jason Crest were considered to be one of the most dynamic live acts operating in and around London during the late sixties mixing original material with reconstructions of other artists songs such as 'A Hazy Shade Of Winter''Fresh Garbage''California Dreaming' and 'Paint It Black'....

These songs were all recorded during sessions with the BBC and can be heard on the LP of radio recordings released on Tenth Planet Records in the late 90s. Only 1000 were pressed and it's now a hard item to score.

The mellotron and flute soaked psychedelia of 'A Place In The Sun' was Jason Crest's last throw of the dice for a hit but it bombed and singer Terry Clark quit shortly after.

The band continued with a new singer for a while eventually changing their name to High Broomfor one last 45 on Island Records.

Label: Philips ‎BF 1809
Format: Vinyl 7" Single
Country: UK
Released: 1969

   
9. The Neighb'rhood Childr'n - Behold The Lilies

The Neighb'rhood Childr'n were based in San Francisco during the mid to late 60s and played many gigs supporting the major players with perhaps their biggest gig being an opening slot with The Who & Iron Butterfly at the Sacramento Civic Auditorium.

So what about this particular 45 under the spotlight? Both are non-LP with the flip 'I Want Action' being a departure in their sound with soul influence using brass. Not my cuppa tea.

Way superior is the top side 'Behold The Lilies' which is summery baroque psych with orchestration and is unsurprisingly just what the title suggests... viewing colorful lily flowers growing in a field..

'Behold The Lilies' was written by singer/organist Dyan Hoffman although the label states her forename as Diana (possibly a misspelling).

Label: Acta Records ‎45-828
Format: Vinyl, 7" 45 RPM Single Promo
Released: 1968


   
10. The Golden Dawn - My Time

The Golden Dawn are an American psychedelic rock band formed in Austin, Texas, in 1966. The band released one album titled Power Plant before breaking up soon after the album's release in 1968.

From the album: Power Plant
Released: 1968

   
11. Strangers Family Band - Bolly Bolly

Strangers Family Band
Bolly Bolly 7 inch
Recorded In Los Angeles, California
September 2014

   
12. Morgen - Welcome To The Void

Morgen was an American psychedelic rock band formed in Long Island. Their only album, "Morgen", is considered one of the best heavy American psychedelic rock albums of the 1960s.

From the album Morgen
Release date: 1969
Label: Probe Records

   
13. Spanish Moss - Witch Rings

From the CD: KELP
Released: August 30, 2012

   
14. The Gentle Soul - Tell Me Love (Alternate Take)

Pamela Polland and singer/songwriter Rick Stanley formed The Gentle Soul in 1966, a folk band with psychedelic influences and an emphasis on creative and elaborate vocal harmonies. Their self-titled album appeared on Epic Records together with a number of non-LP singles.

From the album: Gentle Soul
Released: 1968
Label: Epic
 

   
15. The Dukes of Stratosphear - Open a Can of Human Beans

The Dukes of Stratosphear was a pseudonym used by the British rock band XTC in the mid-to-late 1980s, concurrently with XTC's continued musical activities. The project was intended as a homage to 1960s pop and psychedelic music by groups such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tomorrow, The Byrds, The Kinks, The Zombies, The Beach Boys, The Small Faces, Jefferson Airplane and The Pretty Things.

Artist: XTC
Album: 25 O'Clock
Released: 1985
 

   
16. The Illusion - Did You See Her Eyes

The Illusion were an American psychedelic hard rock band from Long Island, New York. They released three full-length albums in the U.S., the first of which was also issued in the United Kingdom. All three albums were produced by Jeff Barry.

From the album: The Illusion
Released: 1969


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