ELIZABETH – \”Mary Anne\” / \”Worlds For Free\” (Vanguard VSD-35070) July 1968
I don\’t have much information about this mysterious group from Philadelphia but this one off single by Elizabeth is pleasantly laid back in a West Coast psychedelic rock kind of way with jazzy drums, flute and baroque harmonies. Released during July 1968 by which time some members had long hair and moustaches, wore beads and probably smoked those perfumed cigarettes.
In Sam Charters they also enjoyed the same Vanguard label in-house producer as Country Joe & the Fish. Elizabeth\’s compilation appearances have been few and far between although their album track \”You Should Be More Careful\” surfaced back in 2014 on the Vanguard retrospection album \”Follow Me Down\”
I really must try and obtain a copy of their album one day. I\’ve read a few times online that it\’s mediocre but I prefer to check things out for myself. Until then I\’ll make do with this single.