BARRY ALLEN – Lovedrops [1966. Canuck Garage/Pop]

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”Barry Allen was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and started his musical career as guitarist/backing vocalist in Wes Dakus And The Rebels. While recording with Dakus in New Mexico in 1964, producer Norman Petty liked Allen backing vocals so much he convinced Allen to cut some tunes for a single, this resulted in the release in 1964. of a 45 entitled Over My Shoulder / Flame Of Love on Quality (Dot 16635 in the U.S.). By 1965 Allen had signed a solo deal with Capitol Records U.S. and released his first single for Canadian Capitol entitled Easy Come, Easy Go / Hot Sunshine which was followed by three more Canadian Capitol singles starting with Never You Mind / It’s All Right With Me Now, A Penny, A Teardrop / Love Me Again and Hurry Santa Hurry, all from 1965. -Barry Allen won a Juno Award in 1965 for “Most Promising Male Vocalist” and proved himself in 1966 with Love Drops…”

You could hear Barry on a few garage-pop trax in my previous post with Wes Dakus And The Rebels, and now here’s his second album [first is ”Goin’ Places”] from ’66. This pretty rare slab is somehow solid mix of pop [even baroque pop as ”I Won’t Be There” or ”Stumble And Fall”], folk rock and garage that reminds me on The Beau Brummels style. Lp consist half of originals [mostly penned by Stu Mitchell] and half of fine covers of “Codine”, “My Little Red Book”, Dave Clark Five,  The Mindbenders and Bobby Fuller Four. This vinyl rip ”package” comes with few bonus trax from his first lp and singles. Not so blistering greatness but kinda interesting if you’re into 60’s fetishism. Oh! Canaduh! Dig!!!


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THE BEAU BRUMMELS – The Best Of Beau Brummels [1964-1968]

A notch or two above The Grass Roots and The Mamas and Papas, and more than a few steps below The Byrds, the early Beau Brummels took the indulgently blissful sound of ’60s San Fancisco rock into a folkier, borderline country direction (and would in fact later play solid country rock). Led by guitarist/writer Ron Elliott, the Brummels made a virtue of innocence and joyful bounce, and benefited from Sly Stone’s energetic production. Hits include “Laugh, Laugh,””Sad Little Girl,” and a pleasant take on Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings.” There may not be much substance or invention here, but 30 years later, the Brummels still sound catchy. [Roy Francis Kasten]

Vinyl Rip of this ’86 Rhino Rec. compilation, a fine overview of one of the first US answer to Brit Invasion. Folk/Pop/Baroque garage produced by early Sly Stone in 3D Surfadelic rip. Dig!