the calico wall: mystery 45s
While most of the mystery 45s is pretty obscure, this one is one of the most unknown so far! This is another find from South Carolina... on a South Carolina label !
There's not much in the way of South Carolina 60's garage rock really, just a couple of things from the lowcountry/Charleston area and a few from the upstate (like this one from Columbia, SC). However Music World itself is a very desirable label, being the home of a $1500 funk single (!!!) as well as other weird rarities.
This one was a must-buy when I saw the lineup: Neil Young cover on the A, Temptations cover on the B-- quite a pairing! Both get the fuzz guitar & horns treatment, and suggest to me a band doing the rounds of SC/NC clubs during the late 60's (the horns really make me think of Beach music venues, if not the style itself).
The A-Side is probably the winner, a fairly original arrangement of Neil's first big solo hit from his first album with Crazy Horse in 1969. The B-Side sticks pretty close to the Tempts' version-- even the vocals sound like an attempt to copy David Ruffin... a strange drum break towards the end almost resolves into something different... but then doesn't. Anyway, a great find, even if mine is pretty beat up!
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