Monday, January 19, 2009

Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty - Things (1967)

After cutting some fine folk-rock and psychedelia on ultra-rare records with his group the Exiles, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Merrell Fankhauser moved to Los Angeles, retitled his backing group H.M.S. Bounty, and recorded a fine, if obscure, slice of pop-psychedelia in 1968, Things. The diverse offerings on the group's sole LP recalled such fellow Californian heavyweights as the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Moby Grape, and even Captain Beefheart. They weren't quite in the same league as those legends, but the album has a light and enigmatic air all its own, and is well worth investigation by fans of late-'60s West Coast psychedelia. The group evolved into the interesting mystical avant-garde/blues/progressive rock group Mu in the early '70s.
MERRELL FANKHAUSER - guitar, vocalsBILL DODD - guitarJACK JORDAN (aka JACK METZ) - bassLARRY MEYERS – percussion
01.Things (Goin' Round In My Mind)02.Girl (I'm Waiting For You)03.What Does She See In You04.Lost In The City05.Your Painted Lives06.Drivin' Sideways07.In A Minute Not Too Soon08.A Visit With Ashiya09.The Big Gray Sky10.Rich Man's Fable11.Ice Cube Island12.Madame Silky13.I'm Flying Home*14.Everybody's Talkin'*15.Tampa Run*
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