Friday, 30 May 2008

Paul Jones - And The Sun Will Shine / The Dog Presides

Paul Jones - And The Sun Will Shine/The Dog Presides (Columbia DB 8379. 1968)

This is probably quite well known to a lot of folks, but was a new one for me. A great double sider from the ex-Mannfred Mann singer. Top side "And The Sun Will Shine" was written by the Gibb brothers and shows its Bee Gee roots. Flip it over and you get Jeff Beck on Guitar, Paul McCartney on Drums, Paul Samwell-Smith on Bass and a great slice of late 60s psych.

Kaplan - Do You Believe In Magic/I Like

Kaplan - Do You Believe In Magic/I Like (Philips BF 1636. 1968)

Known simply as Kaplan for his two recordings in the 60s for Philips, Kaplan Kaye comes from showbiz stock with his father being comedian and actor Davey Kaye, and his sister being actress Melody Kaye. Kaplan started off in acting, performing in Midsummer Night's Dream on stage and in 60s radio drama 'The Dales'.

In the 70s Kaplan worked in an A&R capacity at DJM records, as well as releasing several singles under his own name. He now runs a successful entertainment booking agency.
"Do You Believe In Magic" (not the John Sebastian number) is a catchy piece of upbeat pop psych, while the flip "I Like" is a very cool brooding psych number.

I'm on the hunt for his second single ("I Love It/Trousers Down"), so if you can help please get in touch.