NYC FOLK-ROCK JANGLERS
THE RAGGAMUFFINS – ’Four Days Of Rain’ / ’It Wasn’t Happening At All’ (London HUL 10134) 1967
This under appreciated group formed in New York City when singer/songwriter Tom Pacheco put together his own electric folk rock band in the wake of The Byrds success. The band probably only played in and around New York and I have read elsewhere that The Raggamuffins often played the famous hang out The Cafe Wha club in New York’s Greenwich Village.
’Four Days Of Rain’ is a Byrdsian delight with magical jangle and harmonies. Despite it’s somewhat muddy production the lush melody shines brightly in the mix.
The flip ’It Wasn’t Happening At All’ is a jaunty pop song.
In USA the 45 was released on Seville but somehow it managed to get exposure in Britain with a release on London Records.
THE RAGGAMUFFINS – ’Hate To See A Good Thing Have To Go’ / ’Parade Of Uncertainty’ (Seville 143) 1967
Seville Records put out a follow up Raggamuffins 45 later in ’67 and by now the folk rock elements had been lost in favour of a more progressive psychedelic sound.
’Hate To See A Good Thing Have To Go’ still has some jangle and tambourine bursts though, but the inclusion of brass adds to the blissful sunshine pop reverie.
The flip ’Parade Of Uncertainty’ moves into a West Coast acid rock vibe with a trippy lead guitar break, hand claps, organ and what sounds like tablas.