Few can boast a career as long as Little Anthony & The Imperials, forming in the late 50’s as a Doo Wop/R&B combo to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009. The 45 that I’ve chosen for today, is their version of “Let The Sunshine In”, which was composed by Galt MacDermot (who wrote the music to the hit musical “Hair”). The vocal on this cover drips with energy & sweat & I think this is my favorite version of this track.
Little Anthony & The Imperials “Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)”
This is a collaboration between Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier, Henry is widely known for his “concrete music” & Colombier for his soundtrack composition. Psyché Rock is the track that most seek out on this EP, & it sounds very reminiscent to the theme tune to Matt Groening’s “Futurama”. I picked this EP up at a great record shop in Rennes (France) called “Blind Spot”, & I would recommend visiting the shop when you’re in that neck of the woods. “Jericho Jerk” brews a heady mix of beat & psych, with crazy organ, moog & FX’s firing off all over the place, like a Turkish delight fused with a Crunchie, that sounds wrong, but is oh so right!
Les Yper-Sound “Jericho Jerk”
I only discovered the Left Banke a few years ago, when a work colleague brought in a couple of their albums, so I have to say a big thanks to Derek for introducing me to them. The term “Baroque Pop” is often used to describe their sound, & actually it’s a pretty good description, as they fuse chamber music with pop music, & I’ve got a soft spot for a harpsichord! This track features some lovely harmonies & I would recommend checking out all of their back catalogue, as it’s all great.
The Left Banke “She Will Call You Up Tonight”
The Clefs Of Lavender Hill “Stop Get A Ticket”, the Clefs were a short lived 4 piece combo from Miami, & this was their most successful single. This track is a fine example of 12 string infused garage beat, and strangely came out of the same box of singles as the “Arabian Funk” (see day 1!)
The Clefs Of Lavender Hill “Stop Get A Ticket”