the WILL-O-BEES – If You\’re Ready

 

The WILL-O-BEES – \’If You\’re Ready\’ / Shades Of Gray\’ (Date 2-1543) 1968

Good two sided 45 from a three piece band that I think came from New York. Fuzz, Acid & Flowers give a Chicago base but perhaps that\’s because The Will-O-Bees cover \’If You\’re Ready\’ which was originally done by a band from Chicago called The Pride And Joy. They were formally called The Del-Vetts of course.

The Will-O-Bees version is a solid effort, quite punky with some great bass lines high in the mix and a garage guitar break that is just not long enough.
The other side is also a cover version. This time they tackle The Monkees \’Shades Of Gray\’ from their Headquarters LP. It\’s a pleasant flower power style attack but still a bit rough around the edges.

2 comments

  1. Believe it or not, they were actually from Richmond, Indiana. Their management team was based in NYC, so people assumed that was where they originated.

  2. The Will-O-Bees did the ORIGINAL version of \”Shades of Gray\” (as they did of several Mann-Weill songs). The Monkees version came a year later than the Will-O-Bees'.

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