The High Spirits was a popular teen-beat surf and garage band from Minneapolis, Minnesota signed with Soma Records. The original line-up consisted of lead guitar and manager Owen Husney, drums Doug Ahrens, lead vocals Cliff Siegel, bass guitar Rick Beresford, rhythm guitar Rick Levinson, and Jay Luttio on keyboards. The band was among the Midwest groups that are credited with being the forefathers of the later punk rock scene. Owen Husneylater went on to discover and manage the artist,Princeas well as eleven other gold and platinum artists! The group's first hit was a rave-up ofBobby "Blue" Bland's "(Turn on Your) Love Light," recorded in 1965. The record did well in theTwin Cities,and hit Number 1 in bothKansas City andDallasduring the fall of 1965. Their second release was "I Believe" recorded in 1966. In 2006, the band was inducted into theMinnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame. (Thanks Wiki!) The song in our Nitro-Retro focus here is from a rare acetate from 1966. "It's Alright With Me" is one of the best reworkings of a Zombies tune I've heard—Just brilliant. Featured on "Back From The Grave Vol. 9" DIGIT! (click the 45 label below to hear the tune on YouTube)
Here's a quick post. Dig this here ditty is out of Atlanta, GA from 1966. The simply named FAMEN's "If You Want Me" is simply an original-sounding echo-laden dance-floor killer. Nothing quite sounds like it. It has a distinct funky and live party feel - it even sounds like they kept in a mistake - see of you can hear the false start. But who cares! This song rocks! I've not been able to find ANY info on this mystery group, but I did read that a rare original Delta Records Ltd. copy of this single had sold for over $800.
Play this at your next garage and teenbeat dance party!
HELLO out there!
In this post we will explore an interesting and short-lived sub-genre of the mid-60's rock and folk-rock scene. Some call it "Raga-Rock", others call it "eastern-influenced", "sitar-rock", "drone music", or just "psychedelic". In 1965-66 after The Beatles and other hipsters started flirting with Indian music and sitars, it was on. Here are some of our favorite examples in and out of the garage. We kick off this big 20-song mix with the tune that got our raga-ball rolling and truly defines what we're talking about here. Southern California's The Dovers amazing single from 1966, "The Third Eye" on the Miramar label.
(*Great article on the song here.)
1. "Swami Intro"
2. "The Third Eye" - The Dovers
3. "8 Miles High (Alt. version) - The Byrds
4. "Hashish" - Indian Puddin And Pipe
5. "Feel The Music" - Vejetables
6. "Egyptian Gardens" - Kaleidoscope
7. "Xanthia" - The Off-Set
8. "Swami" - William Penn Fyve
9. "I See You" - The Byrds
10. "Hideaway" - The Electric Prunes
11. "Grim Reaper of Love" - The Turtles
12. "Why" - The Byrds
13. "Looking Down" - The First Century
14. "See My Friends" - The Kinks
15. "Psychedelic Journey" - Mystic Tide
16. "Free Advice" - The Great Society
17. "Mother Nature" - The Raves
18. Ravi close
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Tonite we're gonna dish out 2 vintage soul tunes that we've been diggin'-on down here in the 'ol Nitro-Retro bat-cave.
The great Isaac Hayes instrumental - "Hung Up On My Baby"
and Doris Troy's mod-soul classic- "Whatcha Gonna Do About It".
(click the song-title links above)