PRESIDENT CHART #2
(originally posted on verygoodplus.co.uk 07/09/2009)
Rainbow Family – Travellin’ Lady / My Father (1972 PT375)
A simply amazing cover of the Manfred Mann track – such a hard heavy sound complimented by ethereal backing vocals.
They probably took their name from the Rainbow Family of Living Light, a tree-hugging organisation formed in the same year as this release.
Mouse & The Traps – L.O.V.E. / Beg Borrow And Steal (1968 PT174)
The first President 45 I ever bought! A classic fuzzy punk sound incorporating many of the essential garage requirements: snotty vocals, pounding beat, sitar excerpts. One of Two Mouse/Trap releases deemed worthy of a UK release by Ed Kassner.
The Equals – Can’t Find A Girl To Love Me / I’m A Poor Man (1967 ZAM2)
You cannot compile a President chart without including an Equals track. IT’S THE LAW. This crazy uptempo beat number dates from 1967 but I’m sure the short ZAM catalogue series was issued early/mid 70s – can anyone confirm? I love the fuzz guitar and the constant battle of restraint as the boys try to hold back from a total freakout.
The Symbols – A Lovely Way To Say Goodnight / Pretty City (1968 PT190)
Quite unlike anything else The Symbols recorded, the trademark close-knit harmonies are still evident - just lightly dipped in phased lysergia. The result? An under-rated popsike beauty.
The Gass Company – Everybody Needs Love / Nightmare (1968 PT170)
Sugarcubed Essex Boys giving away one or two Floydian slips in regards to their musical influences. Main man Bill Hurd went on to (arguably) better things with The Rubettes.
The Lloyd Alexander Real Estate – Gonna Live Again / Whatcha Gonna Do (When Your Baby Leaves You) (1967 PT157)
The Aside was covered in my first President chart but this 45 is a fantastic double-sider and bizarrely, to my knowledge, neither side has yet to be compiled. This Chuck Willis cover is far superior to the original. Such powerful vocal delivery for a blue-eyed singer. A huge play in the Mod clubs for obvious reasons.
Jimmy Robins – I Can’t Please You / I Made It Over (1966 PT118)
Another classic Mod/R&B sound and another gritty powerhouse vocal. The UK press is quite a tricky one to get hold of but plenty of US Jerhart pressings can be found cheaply.
Johnny Wyatt – This Thing Called Love / To Whom It May Concern (1966 PT109)
From R&B to one of two Northern Soul stompers appearing in this chart. Not much to say regarding this one really. Still fills the floor at Chuckle Brother conventions across the globe.
The Belles – Don’t Pretend / Words Can’t Explain (1970 PT311)
100mph soul quite rightly destined to become an allnighter standard. Again, the vocals really make this record. Patrice and Brenda Holloway were members!
Rose Colored Glass – Can’t Find The Time / Mystic Touch (1971 PT338)
This track has a definite South American vibe to it and classy string embellishments. It segues with Gaslight’s ‘Move’ perfectly.
Davy Clinton – Ransom / Bang Bang (1970 PT304)
Why isn’t Davy Clinton lauded amongst the likes Mark Murphy, Jason Deane, Steve Ellis…? Such talent shouldn’t go unnoticed. His other President 45 is a tasty mod-jazz take of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ and the Aside of this single is in the same vein. However, it’s the cover on the flip (complete with a John Fiddy arrangement) that delivers with the oh-so-dope drums.
Alan James Eastwood – Closer To The Truth / Strange News (1072 PT379)
Anthemic buzz-flute folk-funker which requires the listener to put ones hands in the air. Eastwood was originally in The Exceptions before targeting a solo career under differing monickers. Thanks to Sarge for sending me a nice minty upgrade.
Apatchi Band – Issmak / Crashpad (1973 PT392)
This 45 consists of 2 instrumental tracks taken from a Cavendish library LP. Building drums, bongos, fuzz guitar, wah-wah guitar, brass, organ: perfect.
De-Hems – Lover Let Me Go / Don’t Cross That Line (1972 PT388)
These Holloway hooligans had no idea that their syncopated Brit-Funk sound would prove to be a complete life stencil for The Brand New Heavies. This instro is only slightly flawed by the fake cheesy underlying banter. On the 24th of November 1972 the band issued this statement: “The group will make it or it won’t, The record will be played or it won’t, Someone will notice or they won’t, But we’ll keep on coming, and the horse may speak.”
So there you go.
Now – I Wanna Be Free / People Are Standing (1973 PT301)
They hailed from Wiltshire, performed wild stage shows, had a residency at The Marquee and recorded a full albums worth of material which never saw the light of day. The single is somewhat of an oddity; beat/glam hybrid with moogy synths. Thanks to John Stapleton for tipping me to this one.
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