Saturday, April 19, 2014

Terry Knight And The Pack-Terry Knight And The Pack / Reflections[66-67]

[Great detroit hard garage beat psych,pre Grand Funk,2010 issue]

This two-fer compiles the only two albums by Michigan's Terry Knight & the Pack; its self-titled 1966 debut and 1967's Reflections.Rock 'n' roll collector's and Michigan rock aficionados have given these albums semi-legendary status simply because the lineup included the roots of Grand Funk Railroad-Knight was the band's manager and producer until 1972 and both guitarist Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer came from its ranks.These two recordings were originally issued on the Lucky Eleven imprint and were distributed by Cameo/Parkway who had scored a number one hit with "96 Tears" by ? and the Mysterians, another Michigan act. Knight's gift wasn't so much as a singer, but as a songwriter capable of aping the hitmakers of the day and he knew how to arrange.This is born out on the first album's covers of Sonny Bono's "Where Do You Go," "You're a Better Man Than I" (a hit for the Yardbirds), and a particularly strange reading of the Rolling Stones' "Lady Jane." The single from the album was a reading of the Lieber & Stoller nugget "I (Who Have Nothing)."

Knight's own tunes include the fuzz guitar-drenched album-opener "Numbers" was reminiscent of the Seeds,while "What's on Your Mind" walked a line between Georgie Fame and the Zombies.The band's second album, Reflections, opens with the whitest cover of Joe Tex's "One Monkey (Don't Stop No Show)" ever.There are some real rockers here,too,in "Love,Love,Love,Love,Love," that's reminiscent of the Standells,the soul-inflected-cum-Association-influenced "This Train," and a unique garage psych cover of the Stones' "(I Can't No) Satisfaction." This is an integral part of Michigan Rock history.

2.What's on Your Mind
3.Where Do You Go (Sont Bono)
4.You're a Better Man Than I (B. Hugg,M. Hugg)
5.Lovin' Kind
6.The Shut-In
7.Got Love
8.A Change On The Way
9.Lady Jane (Jagger,Richards)
10.Sleep Talkin'
11.I've Been Told
12.I (Who Have Nothing) (Leiber, Stoller,Mogol)
13.One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Joe Tex)
15.Come with Me
16.Got to Find My Baby
17.This Precious Time (P. Sloan,S. Barri)
18.Anybody's Apple Tree
19.The Train
20.Dimestore Debutante
21.Dirty Lady
22.Love Goddess of the Sunset Strip
23.Forever and a Day
24.(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Jagger,Richards)

All songs by Terry Knight except where indicated.

Don Brewer-Drums,Vocals
Bob Caldwell-Bells,Vocals
Mark Farner-Bass,Vocals
Herm Jackson-Bass
Curt Johnson-Guitar,Vocals
Terry Knight-Harmonica,Harpsichord,Piano,Vocals
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