I\’m sure 1st Century were a studio outfit and probably a one off 45 deal for former Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs guitarist Ray Stinnett. He wrote both sides of this obscure single.
\’Looking Down\’ is a killer sitar psych pop song with chunky bass runs. I particularly dig the line…
Looking down in still water.
I am the ship
And I am the voyager\’.
The other side \’Dancing Girl\’ is another slice of psychedelia with a strange mix of flute and sitar…I don\’t think Ray Stinnett was on tea and biscuits when these two songs were recorded.
The producer was Don Nix who also worked with Gary Lewis & The Playboys, George Harrison and John Mayall.