L.A. SOUNDS 1965 – 1969

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During 2011 and 2012 I selected and reviewed my personal selection of 100 favourite sonic jewels from Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Over time I will re-post the articles on ‘Yellow Paper Suns’.

Here is that list:

01 LYRICS – ‘So What!!’ (Era Records 3153) 11/65
02 ADRIAN LLOYD – ‘Lorna’ (Charger CRG-112) 1965
03 GLASS FAMILY – ‘House Of Glass’ (Warner Bros WS 1776) late 1968
04 DIRTY SHAMES – ‘Makin’ Love’ (Impression 112) 8/66 
05 DOVERS – ‘The Third Eye’ (Miramar 123) 4/66
06 PREACHERS – ‘Stay Out Of My World’ (Sundazed SEP 191) recorded 1965
07 LYRICS – ‘Can’t See You Any More’ (Feather 1968) 2/68
08 TURTLES – ‘Outside Chance’ (White Whale 234) 8/66
09 ELECTRIC PRUNES – ‘You’ve Never Had It Better’ (Reprise RS 20652) 2/68
10 RISING SONS – ‘I Got A Little’ (Sundazed) recorded 12/65
11 STANDELLS – ‘Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White’ (Tower 257) 6/66
12 CAL RAYE – ‘I Cry’ (Runay Records RY-101) 1966
13 GENTLE SOUL – ‘Tell Me Love’ (Columbia 4-43952) rec 1/67
14 FIRE ESCAPE – ‘Love Special Delivery’ (GNP Crescendo 384) 1/67 
15 MERRELL & the XILES – ‘Tomorrow’s Girl’ (Glenn 426) 4/67
16 GENE VINCENT – ‘Born To Be A Rolling Stone’ (Everest Records CBR 1006) recorded 4/67
17 BYRDS – ‘My Back Pages’ (CBS 2648) 5/67
18 TURTLES – ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ (Pye International 7N.25320) 9/65
19 FANTASTIC ZOO – ‘Light Show’ (Double Shot 109) 2/67
20 JEFFERSON LEE – ‘Book Of Love’ (Original Sound OS-88) 7/69
21 POOR – ‘Feelin’ Down’ (Decca 32318) 5/68
22 PEPPERMINT TROLLEY COMPANY – ‘Spinnin’ Whirlin’ ‘Round’ (Acta 45-835) 1969
23 ZODIAC – ‘Aries – The Fire-Fighter’ (Elektra EKL 4009) 5/67
24 MODERN FOLK QUINTET – ‘Night Time Girl’ (Dunhill D-4025) 4/66
25 BEACH BOYS – ‘Cabin Essence’ (Brother Records) recorded 1967
26 THINGS TO COME – ‘Hello’ (Warner Bros 7228) 9/68
27 GIANT SUNFLOWER – ‘February Sunshine’ (Take 6 -1000) 5/67
28 RIPTIDES – ‘Last Wave Of The Day’ (Tower DT-5083) 1967
29 VENTURES – ‘Ginza Lights’ (Liberty LBY 1323) 6/66
30 KALEIDOSCOPE – ‘Keep Your Mind Open’ (Epic BN 26304) 6/67 
31 JAN & DEAN – ‘Folk City’ (Liberty F-55849) 12/65
32 M.F.Q. – ‘If All You Think’ (Warner Brothers 5481) 11/64
33 MAMAS & the PAPAS – ‘Strange Young Girls’ (RCA Victor RD-7834) 9/66
34 ARROWS – ‘Apache ’65’/ (Sidewalk Records 1) 2/65
35 ROSE GARDEN – ‘Next Plane To London’ (Atco 45-6510) 8/67
36 SHINDOGS – ‘Yes, I’m Going Home’ (Viva V.601) 6/66
37 MONKEES – ‘Words’ (first version) 10/66
38 DARIUS – ‘Sweet Mama’ (Chartmaker CSG 1102) 1969
39 RICHARD TWICE – ‘Generation ’70 (Philips PHS-600-332) 1970
40 BOSTON TEA PARTY – ‘Words’ (Challenge 59368) 6/67
41 THE BUSHMEN – ‘What I Have I’ll Give To You’ (Dimension D-1049) 6/65
42 PACIFIC OCEAN – ’16 Tons’ (VMC Records V 738) 2/69
43 MAGNUM OPUS – ‘Up From The Sea’ (VMC Records V 737) late 1968
44 OCTOBER COUNTRY – ‘My Girl Friend Is A Witch’ (Epic 5-10320) 4/68
45 EDDIE HODGES – ‘Love Minus Zero’ (Aurora 156) 10/65
46 BYRDS – ‘The World Turns All Around Her’ (Columbia PC 9254) recorded 8/65
47 DEVONS – ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ (Decca 31822) 8/65
48 TOADS – ‘Leaving It All Behind’ (Decca 318470) 9/65
49 TANGENTS – ‘Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?’ (Impression Records 111) 4/66
50 TIME OF YOUR LIFE – ‘Ode To A Bad Dream’ (Ionic Records 101) 9/66
51 BYRDS – ‘I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better’ (CBS 201796) 8/65
52 LOVE – ‘7 And 7 Is’ (Elektra EK-45605) 7/66
53 DOVERS – ‘People Ask Me Why’ (Reprise 0439) 11/65
54 STANDELLS – ‘Mr Nobody’ (Tower 282) 9/66
55 BONNIWELL’S MUSIC MACHINE – ‘The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly’ (Warner Bros 1732) 1967
56 SEEDS – ‘Up In Her Room’ (GNP Crescendo 383) 1/67
57 HUMAN EXPRESSION – ‘Optical Sound’ (Accent AC 1226) 9/67
58 SONS OF ADAM – ‘Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day’ (Decca 31887) 12/65
59 BEES – ‘Leave Me Be’ (Mirwood 5503) 1965
60 ELECTRIC PRUNES – ‘Are You Lovin’ Me More (But Enjoying It Less)’ (Reprise 0564) 4/67
61 BOBBY FULLER FOUR – ‘I Fought The Law’ (Mustang) 10/65
62 FLOWER POT – ‘Black Moto’ (Vault V-935) 1967
63 W.C. FIELDS MEMORIAL ESB – ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ (Mercury 72578) 6/66
64 GREEN BEANS – ‘(Don’t Give Me No) Friction’ (Mercury 72504) 10/65
65 CARETAKERS OF DECEPTION – ‘Cuttin’ Grass’ (Sanctus SS-12) 1967
66 HARD TIMES – ‘Fortune Teller’ (World Pacific 77851) 11/66
67 DOORS – ‘The Crystal Ship’ (Elektra EK-45615) 5/67
68 LEAVES – ‘Girl From The East’ (Mira 222) 5/66
69 PALACE GUARD – ‘All Night Long’ (Orange Empire Records OE-331) 8/65
70 SOMEBODY’S CHYLDREN – ‘I’m Going Back To New York City’ (Uptown 727) 4/66
71 MIDNITERS – ‘Never Knew I Had It So Bad’ (Whittier 504) 1/67
72 SEAN AND THE BRANDYWINES – ‘Codine’ (Decca 31910) 1966
73 CLEAR LIGHT – ‘She’s Ready To Be Free’ (Elektra EK-45622) 9/67
74 KNACK – ‘Time Waits For No One’ (Capitol 5774) 2/67
75 RUMORS – ‘Without Her’ (Gemcor 5002) 7/65
76 EAST SIDE KIDS – ‘Close Your Mind’ (Orange Empire Records OE-500) 1967
77 ASHES – ‘Is There Anything I Can Do’ (Vault V-924) 1966
78 ROOSTERS – ‘One Of These Days’ (PSA 1151) 4/1966
79 DAVID – ‘I’m Not Alone’ (VMN V716) 1967
80 BOBBY JAMESON – ‘Vietnam’ (Tower DT-5083) 1967
81 PETER FONDA – ‘Catch The Wind’ (Chisa CH004) 3/67
82 SONNY & CHER – ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ (Atlantic AT4035) 7/65
83 NO-NA-MEE’S – ‘Gotta Hold On’ (Era 3153) 11/65
84 STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK – ‘Paxton’s Back Street Carnival’ (UNI 55093) 11/68
85 GIRLS – ‘Chico’s Girl’ (Capitol 5675) 1965
86 AVENGERS – ‘I Told You So’ (Star-Burst 128) 3/66
87 FLOWER CHILDREN – ‘Mini-Skirt Blues’ (Castil Records 101) 3/67
88 PURPLE GANG – ‘One Of The Bunch’ (MGM K13607) 10/66
89 GYPSY TRIPS – ‘Ain’t It Hard’ (World Pacific 77809) 11/65
90 OPUS 1 – ‘Back Seat ’38 Dodge (Mustang 3017) 5/66
91 SMOKE RINGS – ‘Love’s The Thing’ (Prospect 101) 1966
92 HIS MAJESTY’S COACHMEN – ‘I Don’t Want To See You’ (Gemini G-1004) 8/66
93 ASSOCIATION – ‘Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies’ (Valiant V-755) 11/66
94 SIN SHAY SHUNS – ‘All My Lonely Waiting’ (Venett V-108) 1966
95 BECKETT QUINTET – ‘(It’s All Over Now) Baby Blue’ (Gemcor 5003) 10/65
96 L.A. TEENS – ‘Saturday’s Child’ (Decca 31813) 7/65
97 MONKEES – ‘The Girl I Knew Somewhere’ (RCA Victor 66-1004) 3/67
98 PREMIERS – ‘Get On This Plane’ (Faro 624) 11/66
99 TURTLES – ‘She’ll Come Back’ (Decca DL 4751) 5/66
100 TERRY RANDALL – ‘S.O.S’ (Valiant V-756) 12/66

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