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The Surf Symphony’s Sole 7-Inch

Who are/were The Surf Symphony — and why just the one Capitol 45? “Night of the Lions”     The Surf Symphony     1969 Wait!  As it turns out, the joke’s on us:   This is a “supercharged” instrumental version of the song “Night of the Lions” from Mark Eric‘s A Midsummer’s Day

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Peter Green’s “Hidden Depth(s)”

Frankly, I’m surprised how little has been written about (original Fleetwood Mac guitarist) Peter Green‘s wondrous flight of fancy – “Hidden Depth” – a musical simulation of being strapped into a deep-sea submersible and dropped ever so slowly to the ocean’s bottom.  Marvel at the musical tranquility: “Hidden Depth”      Peter

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“Hold It Baby”: Swedish Soul

Sweden’s Slam Creepers, judging solely by their name, sounds like a band of relatively recent vintage (e.g., 1980s hardcore?) — and yet, their first release, fascinatingly enough, was a split single in 1965:  a 7-inch flexi-disc in which shared Slam Creepers shared space with The Hollies and fellow Swedish band,

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Liberation’s Sweet Sound

The alluring flute and vibraphone are just a ploy – liberation’s crafty end game.of using music to help listeners recognize the shared humanity that binds us all: “Liberation”     The Afro-Blues Quintet Plus One     1965 “Liberation” is the debut single/opening statement from The Afro-Blues Quintet Plus One, who released five albums

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Dorothy Ashby’s Jazz Harp

Just as Rufus Harley expanded the musical possibilities of the bagpipes, Dorothy Ashby likewise liberated the harp from its orchestral internment.  Dorothy Ashby, as it says on her 1957 debut album, was a “jazz harpist” – though not strictly.  1968’s “Soul Vibrations,” as you can hear, would also incorporate funk

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“Bumpin’ on Sunset”: Organ + Strings

Thanks to brother Bryan for tipping me to a book that, amazingly, has only been written in the last couple years:  Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip.  What took so long?  Sadly, most of us music fanatics who live on this side of the Mississippi have never had

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“I Say Gooday Goodnite”: Hello Goodbye from NRBQ

I picked up an odds & sods collection of NRBQ tracks – Stay with We – taken from their short-lived stint on the mighty Columbia label.  One tune that I found to be particularly energizing – “I Say Gooday Goodnight” – was identified in the CD’s liner notes as “previously

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