The Brothers Cain were more than likely a studio based outfit from Los Angeles with strong links to Curt Boettcher. The latter co-wrote \”Better Times\” with Lee Mallory, it\’s a sunshine pop nugget with brass, in other words a typical Boettcher effort.
\”Better Times\” was also recorded by The Association in 1967 but never released at the time. Their version has since surfaced on The Association 2 CD set \”Just The Right Sound\” released by Warner Bros/Rhino back in 2002. I\’ve posted this below.
The other side \”Pupil Alexander\” is much different with an almost toy-town psych vibration going on. It\’s quite an addictive song and will burrow it\’s way inside your mind after repeated plays. This song was written by the Marmelzat – Proffer songwriting team who achieved some success in the 70s working with Tina Turner.
In 1968 another Brothers Cain single was released on Acta 820, \”It Sure Is Groovy\” / \”Anyway You Like It\” but both songs have a soul sound and fall outside my \”Opulent Conceptions\” radar.