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 Dream. released in 1969. Imagine your first album is coming out – on a major label – so you release your first 45 … under a completely different name! It actually happened, but why — was it a bid to stir up controversy?
Mark Eric Malmborg
Much more intriguing, however, is the flip side “That Bluebird of Summer,” a composition that embodies Brian Wilson’s distinctive ‘West Coast’ musical sensibility to an uncanny degree – as if it were some so well long lost track from Smile (actually, more like Friends).
True or False: “That Bluebird of Summer” is a non-LP B-side.
This Surf Symphony B-side is included on 2013’s Book a Trip 2: More Psych Pop Sounds of Capitol Records — wish I had the liner notes to refer to.
Impossible not to notice that A Midsummer’s Day Dream would be released on a different label, Revue. As Rockasteria explains, “Eric and his collaborator/arranger, former Animals guitarist Vic Briggs, apparently wrote these twelve tracks intending to place them with other acts. The sessions were apparently only intended to demo the material, but the results were so impressive that Revue decided to release it as a Marc Eric effort.”
Note use of “Future Shock” typeface for label name, Revue
One other 45 from that album would be released – “Where Do the Girls of the Summer Go” b/w “California Home” – however, it would be issued under the name ‘Mark Eric‘!
This one album and two 45s would be Mark Eric Malmborg’s entire recorded output.