AMERICAN ZOO – Mr. Brotherhood / Magdalena (Reena Records 1026) 1968
Another very cool double sided psych 45. American Zoo were a group of hip teenagers who recorded for Hollywood based label Reena. This picture of the band shows them looking extremely young and I suspect they never even went anywhere near an LSD tab. That being said, they made an exciting couple of psychedelic 45s.
\’Mr Brotherhood\’ written by Bill Hawkins was probably the top side, although both songs are strong. Can\’t decide which I prefer, so I won\’t! This version appeared on Psychedelic Unknowns Volume 11 however, a longer cut was compiled on High All The Time Volume 2 (never heard this version so I\’ll have to try and locate that comp).
\’Magdalena\’ has four name credits on the label, J. Martz, B. Bottrell, B. Hawkins and D. Daniell. This song appears to be non comp which is strange because it really is a fast paced psycher with cool instrumentation. Infact, the band are very competent musicians for youngsters.