Friday, August 19, 2011

V.A. - California Love-In Vol. 2

More psychedelic and pop sounds from the Californian underground '60s scene. In addition to better known groups such as The Travel Agency, Gale Garnett & The Gentle Reign, Damon or the excellent Stone Country there are some great songs from The Californians, Hinge, Waphphle or Initial Shock.

1. Travel Agency - What's A Man
taken from the single What's A Man/She Understands (Viva 637) 1969
Line-up incl.: Steve Haehl (lead gtr, vcls), Frank Lupica (drms), Michael S. Aydelotte. Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)
2. Gale Garnett And The Gentle Reign - Breaking Through
taken from the single
Breaking Through/Fall In Love Again (Columbia 44479) 1969
Line-up: Gale Garnett (lead vcls), Bruce Horiuchi (lead gtr, kazoo), Bob Ingram (gtr), Tony Hill (keyb'ds), Michael Aragon (drms).
Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
3. The Californians - Nausea Beast
taken from the single Glass Disguise/Nausea Beast (Crazy Horse 1318) 1969
Line-up incl.: Richard Bastrup (gtr), Jim Ferguson (gtr), Curt Pickelle (bs), Doug Brown (sax, keyb'ds), Steve Schmit (drms).
Band origin: Anaheim (California/US)

4. Damon - Oh What A Good Boy Am I
taken from the single
Song Of A Gypsy/Oh, What A Good Boy Am I (Ankh 1) 1969
Line-up incl.: Damon [real name David Del Conte] (vcls, gtr).
Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
5. Stone Country - Love Psalm
taken from the single Love Psalm/Magnolias (RCA 47-9472) 1968
Line-up: Steve Young (lead gtr, vcls), Doug Brooks (rhythm gtr, vcls), Richard Lockmiller (gtr), Dann Barry (bs, vcls), Don Beck (banjo), Dennis Conway (drms). Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
6. Hinge - Now Let Me Love You
taken from the single
Now Let Me Love You/I'll Pretend (Highland 1194) 1968
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
7. Stained Glass – Lonely
[demo / 1966]
Line-up: Bob Rominger (gtr), Jim McPherson (bs, vcls), Dennis Carrasco (drms). Band origin: San Jose (California/US)
8. Boston Tea Party - Don't Leave Me Alone
taken from the single Is It Love/Don't Leave Me Alone (Fona 311) 1967
Line-up: Travis Fields (vcls), Mike Stevens (lead gtr), Richard de Perna (bs), Robert de Perna (organ), Dave Novogroski (drms).
Band origin: Burbank (California/US)
9. Waphphle - Going Down
taken from the single Goin' Down/I Want You (Elektra 45616) 1967
Line-up: Glenn Strawn (lead gtr), Brian Barmby (bs), Jack Giere (vcls, keyb'ds), Rick Jagla (drms). Band origin: Sacramento (California/US)
10. Unwritten Law - Action Speaks Louder
taken from the single
This Whole World Is Blind/Action Speaks Louder (Strata 106) 197?
Line-up incl.: Luther Burbank (vcls, gtr).
Band origin: Burlingame (California/US)

11. Initial Shock – You've Been A Long Time Comin'
taken from the single
You've Been A Long Time Comin'/I Once Asked (BFD 2022) 1967
Line-up: Mojo Collins (gtr, organ, vcls), George Wallace (lead gtr), Steve Garr (bs), Brian Knaff (drms).
Band origin: Missoula (Montana) → San Francisco (California/US)
12. Ferguson Tractor - Desperation Blues
taken from the single
12 O'Clock High/Desperation Blues (MTA 169) 1969
Line-up incl.: D. Ferguson. Band origin: California
13. Mount Rushmore – Rough Rider
[demo / 1967]
Line-up: Glen Smith (vcls), Mike Bolan (lead gtr), Terry Kimball (bs), Travis Fullerton (drms). Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)
14. Stone Country - Life Stands Daring Me
taken from the single
Life Stands Daring Me/Time Isn't There [Anymore] (RCA 47-9301) 1967
Line-up/Band origin: See Track 5
15. Californians - Glass Disguise
See Track 3
16. Laughing Wind – The Bells
taken from the single John Works Hard/The Bells (Tower 315) 1967
Line-up: Dan Harris (gtr, vcls), Shaun Harris (gtr, bs, vcls), Michael Lloyd (keyb'ds, gtr, vcls). Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
17. Thorinshield - Family Of Man
taken from the single
Family Of Man/Lonely Mountain Again (Philips 40521) 1968
Line-up: James Smith (gtr, vcls), Bobby Ray (bs, vcls), Terry Hand (drms, vcls). Band origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
18. Bethlehem Exit - Walk Me Out
taken from the single
Walk Me Out/Blues Concerning My Girl (Jabberwock 110) 1966
Line-up: John Tomasi (lead vcls, harp), Pete Sultzbach (gtr), Dave Wilkie (bs), Chris Ingstrom (drms). Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)
19. Travel Agency - She Understands
See Track 1
20. nePenthe - Good Morning Baby
taken from the single
Good Morning Baby/Slow It Down (Direction D-4003) 1970
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: California
21. Peter Fonda - Catch The Wind
taken from the single November Nights/Catch The Wind (Chisa 004) 1967
Line-up incl.: Peter Fonda (vcls), Hugh Masekela (trumpet).
Origin: Los Angeles (California/US)
22. California Bear - Hand My Head
taken from the single Hand My Head/Virgin Dreams (M&H MH-101) 1969
Line-up incl.: Bruce Terry. Band origin: Riverside (California/US)
23. Stone Country - Time Isn't There (Anymore)
See Track 14
24. Instant Ralston – Mariposa
taken from the single Mariposa/Rock And Mole (Scepter 12338) 1971
Line-up incl.: Gerry Ralston (vcls). Band origin: California
25. Randy S & The Westwood Paper - Haight Ashbury Blues
taken from the single
Haight Ashbury Blues/ Haight Ashbury Blues instrumental
(American Gramophone 6-667) 1967

Line-up incl.: Randy Sparks. Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)
26. Crystal Fountain – Sensations
taken from the single The Night Behind Us/Sensations (acetate) 1967
Line-up incl.: Wendy Flower (lead vcls), Bonnie Flower (drms).
Band origin: San Francisco (California/US)

Get it here

Listen to Californians - Nausea Beast

Listen to Initial Shock – You've Been A Long Time Comin'


Anonymous said...

Thank you. Detailed info,too!!!

Niall said...

Many Thanks, another one to go with the previous Vol 1.....Great collections.
Thanks again !

Anonymous said...

Really excellent comp - thanks!

Gray Newell said...

I'm the compiler of these comps - there are four others in the series too! Glad you are getting some groovy kicks from hearing these tunes.

Sean Savage said...

Thanks for this. Way better than Vol. 1!

Anonymous said...

Thanx. Didn't know that Peter Fonda recorded anything, and certainly not that he had worked with Masekela. Will try to find the b-side.