Friday, July 1, 2011

V.A. - California Love-In

This unofficial release went about six volumes and was compiled "from members for members" of the (now gone) U-Spaces group. Some illustrious people were involved like Max Waller, Patrick Lundborg or Alec Palao, to name a few. By the time of finishing "California Love-in" contains previously uncompiled or forgotten material of Psychedelic and Pop groups from the californian '60s. For my taste more than half of the material is well worth hearing. As I was never a member of any group or forum I've picked it up a while ago at Soulseek.

1. The Love-Ins
Cinema Trailer Edit
2. Family Tree - He Spins Around
taken from the single
He Spins Around/She Had To Fly (RCA 9671) 1968
Line-up: Bob Segarini (gtr, vcls, keyb'ds), Mike Dure (gtr), Bill 'Kootch' Troachim (bs, vcls), Jim Decocq (keyb'ds), Van Slatter (drms).
Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)
3. Hobbits - Jolly Good Fellow
taken from the single
Frodo Lives/Jolly Good Fellow (ZAR 25) 1967
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: California
4. Gladstone - What A Day
taken from the single Upsome/What A Day (A&M 1061) 1968
Line-up: Ned Torney (gtr, keyb'ds, vcls), Jim Sawyers (gtr), Alan Graham (vcls, bs), Ken Matthew (drms, vcls).
Band origin: San Jose (California/US)
5. Travel Agency - Time
taken from the single Time/Made For You (Tanqueray 20102) 1966
Line-up: Steve Haehl (gtr, vcls), Tom Beal, Busby.
Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)
6. Avant Garde - Honey And Gall
taken from the single
Naturally Stoned/Honey And Gall (Columbia 4-44590) 1968
Line-up: Elkin "Bubba" Fowler (vcls), Chuck Woolery (vcls) + session musicians. Band origin: California
7. Ariel - It Feels Like I'm Crying
taken from the single
I Love You/It Feels Like I'm Crying (Brent 7060) 1966
Line-up: Jack Walters (lead gtr), Chris Guiver, Paul Studebaker, Dennis Studebaker. Band origin: Burlingame (California/US)
8. Now - I Want
taken from the single
I Want/Like A Flying Bird (Embassy C-1968) 1968
Line-up: Frank Straight (lead gtr), David Zandonatti (bs, vcls), Oliver McKinney (keyb'ds), Randy Guzman [aka Randy Gordon] (drms).
Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
9. Tow-Away Zone - Searchin'
taken from the single Searchin'/Shabd (Epic 5-10369) 1968
Line-up: Phil Franks (gtr), Bjorn Nymann (gtr), Randy Molitor (bs), Bill DeHaan (drms). Band origin: San Leandro (California/US)
10. Weathervane - My Original Blue Jeans
taken from the single
4-4,4-5/My Original Blue Jeans (Plamie P 1026) 1968
Line-up: Kevin Beamish (lead gtr), Bob Wilson (rhythm gtr), Ed Bowman (bs), Steffen Presley (organ), Mike O'Bryan (drms, lead vcls).
Band origin: Modesto (California/US)
11. Vandells - American Eagle
taken from the single
Hunter's Fox/American Eagle (Bay Town BT 021/022) 1969
Line-up: Drew Serb (lead gtr), Joe Serb (rhythm gtr, lead vcls), Mike Raffanelli (bs), Gary Raffanelli (organ), Paul George (drms).
Band origin: Richmond (California/US)
12. Stained Glass - Mediocre Me
taken from the single
A Scene In Between/Mediocre Me (RCA Victor 47-9354) 1967
Line-up: Bob Rominger (gtr), Jim McPherson (bs, vcls), Dennis Carrasco (drms). Band origin: San Jose (California/US)
13. Spring Fever - You Made My Life
taken from the single Stop!/You Made My Life (Capitol 2337) 1968
Line-up incl.: David Bryan Orgill.
Band origin: Salt Lake City (Utah) → San Francisco (California/US)
14. Drongos - Under My Thumb
taken from the single
Under My Thumb/If You Want To Know (White Whale WW-235) 1966
Line-up: Bruce Clausen (lead gtr), Arnold Levinson (rhythm gtr), Michael Friedman (bs), Todd Anderson (vcls, piano, sax), Alec Axt (drms).
Band origin: Berkeley (California/US)
15. White Haven Pillow - Music Man
taken from the single Wreck It/Music Man (MTA 142) 1968
Line-up: Dave Corboy (vcls), Mick Cantrell (lead gtr), Kenn Simms Jr. (gtr), Dennis Brock (bs), Don E. Cantrell Jr. (keyb'ds), Roger Corboy (drms).
Band origin: Hayward (California/US)
16. Flying Circus - Got To Learn To Love
taken from the single
Green Eyes Green World/Got To Learn To Love (MTA 130) 1967
Line-up: Bill Berry (vcls), Kevon "Kid" Haapala (gtr), Jim Grandjean (gtr), John Haapala (bs), Don Perkins (drms).
Band origin: San Anselmo (California/US)
17. Kensington Forest - Movin' On
taken from the single
Bells/Movin' On (Baysound 6901) 1967
Line-up: Jack Walters (lead gtr), Chris Guiver, Dennis Studebaker, ? Walters. Band origin: Burlingame (California/US)
18. Recurring Love Habit - Faiola Bros.
taken from the single
A Day In The Life/Faiola Bros. (Buddah BDA 4) 1967
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)
19. Captain Zoom - I Really Want You
taken from the single
I Really Want You/Long Tall Texan (A&M 785) 1965
Line-up: Ron Cornelius (gtr), Joe Davis (bs), Robin Reich, Gary Vasquez.
Band origin: Richmond (California/US)
20. Weird Herald - Saratoga James
taken from the single
Saratoga James/Just Yesterday (Onyx 2202) 1968
Line-up: Billy Dean Andrus (lead gtr), Paul Ziegler (gtr), Cecil Bollinger (bs), Patrick ? (drms). Band origin: San Jose (California/US)
21. Tommy Faia & The True Blue Facts -
    The Boy I Left Behind

taken from the single
Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain/The Boy I Left Behind (A&M 945) 1968
Line-up incl.: Tommy Faia (vcls, gtr), David Rosenkranz (drms).
Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
22. Vandells - Hunter's Fox
See Track 11
23. Now - Like A Flying Bird
See Track 8
24. Travel Agency - Made For You
See Track 5
25. Spring Fever – Stop!
See Track 13
26. Broken Arrow - Every Night ­ You Never Give Me Money
taken from the single
Keep On Truckin'/Every Night – You Never Give Me Your Money
(Vault V-968) 1970

Line-up: unknown. Band origin: California
27. Tow-Away Zone - Shabd
See Track 9
28. Gladstone - Upsome
See Track 4
29. Wildwood - Swimming
taken from the single Plastic People/Swimming (Magnum 420) 1968
Line-up incl.: John Turner (gtr), Frank John Colli (vcls, bs), Mike Ross (keyb'ds), Tim Mora, William Chalker.
Band origin: Stockton (California/US)

Get it here (Artwork included)

Listen to Spring Fever - You Made My Life

Listen to Wildwood - Swimming


Anonymous said...

Thanks-great comp!

smokemon said...

Really great rare singles from California! Very interesting compilation! But only in mp3.
Maybe you have this in more high quality (Lossless or Lossy 320 kbps)?

SK Waller said...

Hey, thanks to linking to us. Getting a new blog out there is hard, so it's much appreciated!

California Gold Coast Dreamin'

Anonymous said...

Hi from Cy
Many thanks for this sure looks like there are some real 'groovy' sounds here....much appreciated

Niall said...

Same here a really strong Comp...

ComadrejaPep said...

Many thankx for this compilation. Fantastic bands.

Anonymous said...

Great compilation,thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey! U-Spaces ain't gone!

We are alive and doing fine!

And, we have more stuff in the works!

Peace, LOVE & Happiness,

The Rock in Egg