Friday, 4 July 2008

Mongrels - Funny Day/Good Good Man

Mongrels - Funny Day/Good Good Man (Nico 107. 1969)

Flip side was comped on Heavy Dose Of Lyte Psych, but top side is uncomped and is a cool and catchy upbeat pop-psycher which I dig more than the b-side.

The Mongrels hailed from Winnipeg and released numerous 45s on several labels. Funny Day recieved a review on American Bandstand and was a minor regional hit. Lead singer Joey Gregorash went on to become a popular Canadian entertainer.

Revalations - Little Blue Ship / Love Can Be So Beautiful

Revalations - Little Blue Ship / Love Can Be So Beautiful (Taurus 106)

Thanks to Frank Kielb here's the story of the band;

Story of the recording session : March 17, 1970 (Tuesday) :
Concerning the record label : (It had a few errors) They misspelled the name on the record label. (They had Revalations, it was REVELATIONS)
Side A was “LITTLE BLUE SHIP” which I co-wrote with Jay Gullo – The authors were reversed. SIDE “A” should be Frank Kielb & Jay Gullo as the song writers
Side “B is “LOVE CAN BE SO BEAUTIFUL” which I co-wrote with Kenny Price. The authors for SIDE “B” should be Frank Kielb and Kenny Price.
* Confusing but no big deal. It happened a lot in those days. There was not much attention to detail or accuracy

Concerning “JAMES TESTER” – he is listed as the “producer” on the label. He approached myself and the band in the late 1969 to record with Capitol Records stating that the songs would be released on the TARUS LABEL which was distributed by CAPITOL. He came to hear the band once or twice. We paid him $600.00 and he “never” produced the songs. He was not even in the studio when we recorded.

We recorded the Four (4) songs on Tuesday, March 17, 1970 at CAPITOL’S “A” Studio : I produced the songs. I was young, inexperienced and knew little of what I was doing but made it thru.

We drove to NYC on Monday, March 16, 1970. Got stopped by the New Jersey State Police. They searched our VW bus, made us take out all of the equipment and went through everything including luggage.

It was a very windy day and as they searched my luggage, I remember my cloths blowing all over the “Jersey Turnpike” ! When I protested, the police said “would you like us to take you and your friends for a “hair cut” ?

* The police in those days stopped a lot of vehicles just if the occupants had long hair.They found nothing and let us go. Stayed overnight in NYC and reported to the studio at 10:00 am the next morning.

Got held up the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and were almost late getting to the studio. While we went inside to register, thieves broke into our VW Bus and stole most of our equipment.

We found a music store, rented some gear and started the session One (1) hour late. By then we were not in the right mindset to record and the recordings reflect this.

They were not up to how the band usually recorded. The REVELATIONS recorded Four (4) songs that day : LITTLE BLUE SHIP, LOVE CAN BE SO BEAUTIFUL, AYE 95 (Later to become the I-95 song) and JUST KNOWING : SHE’S NOT AROUND

HISTORY of the band :
* I started out playing Trumpet in various local bands in the 50’s. When I finally saved enough money, I bought a guitar, continuing to play in local bands. My first real band experience came in 1961.

In 1961, I was attending college at the State University of New York located in Oswego, New York on the shores of Lake Ontario. I formed a band called the DEVIL’S FIVE with Myself (Frank Kielb) on Guitar & Vocals, Dave Kelly – Bass/vocals, George Olin – Drums and Barry Kogan – Piano/Vocals. (John Merenda – Guitar/Vocals was in the band briefly) Jay Gullo arrived and enrolled at SUNY later that semester. He was an experienced Lead Singer/Trumpet and auditioned for the band. Jay joined as Lead Singer, I changed the name of the band to the REVELATIONS and added John Livosi, another experienced musician on Drums/Vocals.

With the REVELATIONS line up complete, the band quickly became very successful and in demand playing frat parties, college functions, Syracuse University, all of the Ivy League Colleges and many bars and night clubs.

The band also did a lot of TV shows. Eventually Barry Kogan left to go to another school and was replaced by Jimmy Losurdo – Guitar. All of the members graduated from SUNY, mostly with straight A grades while continuing to play with the band. At times with various member changes. From 1961 to 1967, The REVELATIONS recorded many originals and covers including FEVER (Instrumental), JUST HELLO and SINNER MAN in 1964.

In 1967, the band decided to relocate in Philadelphia, PA because it was better market for the band to be based in. We all got day jobs teaching school and worked on conquering the Philadelphia Tri- State area.

In the summer of 1968 we were contacted by Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett as they wanted to hear our originals. Bendinelli and Lovett already had many bands with charted hits. Lovett had ties to Motown and eventually went to work there full time. They took us into Cameo-Parkway studios and we recorded Two (2) originals, POETRY OF RAINDROPS and GOING DOWN TO SOUL CITY. The record did well but created unrest in the band. They changed the name and the concept of the band. Jay Gullo left to pursue a solo career. I reformed the band with myself (Frank Kielb) on Guitar, Kenny Price on Drums and Vocals, Paul Seivard on Bass and Vocals and Bill Middleton on Keys and Vocals.

* This was the lineup that did the 1970 recording session. In 1970 I became a Booking Agent/Band Leader for CONTINENTAL ARTISTS. That was definitely a learning experience. The REVELATIONS continued until 1972. I was restless, left Continental Artists and disbanded the group. I went to AQUARIUS BOOKING AGENCY as a Booking Agent/ Band Leader. I started my new band The Barbusters, eventually to become CLYDE BARROW and the Legendary BARBUSTERS. This was my best and strongest band. We made some great albums and records.

Chip Taylor - You Should Be From Monterey

Chip Taylor - You Should Be From Monterey (Rainy Day 8002. 1968)

Chip is of course best known as the man behind Wild Thing. This groovy 45 is perfectly uplifting for these rainy dreary English Summer days.