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11 Aug 2016

London Dri “Western Skies” 1967-69 US Psychedelia Garage Mod Pop





London Dri “Western Skies” 1967-69 US Psychedelia Garage Mod Pop

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In August 1967, The London Dri entered Audio Sonic Sound Studio to record what would be their only 45-rpm single. ‘Life in Your Hand’, was an original song written by guitarist Bruce Thomas, and backed by ‘Dona, Dona’, a re-working of a Jewish folk song with a new arrangement by the group. Released on the Yobo label, the two songs represented the entire released output by the Los Angeles-based combo. For years, if recalled at all, The London Dri would be remembered for that lone single. Between their 1965 formation and their disbandment in 1970, however—and in between hundreds of performances and even a movie appearance—The London Dri recorded several other songs. Had they been released, they would certainly have earned the group a more prominent standing today among Hollywood rock groups of the era. The London Dri had it all: From Garage-rock to classic US Psychedelia to Who styled Mod-pop. Finally here is the band’s legacy – 11 killer tracks in their distinctive London Dri style. Comes with detailed 8-page booklet with history by Mike Dugo & pics…..

London Dri had it all: From garage-rock to classic US psychedelia to UK styled Mod/psych. Finally here’s the band’s legacy—11 killer tracks in their distinctive London Dri style.Detailed 8-page booklet with history by Mike Dugo & pics too.London Dri entered Audio Sonic Sound Studio to record what would be their only 45-rpm single. ‘Life in Your Hand’, an original song written by guitarist Bruce Thomas. Released on the Yobo label, the single represented the entire released output by the Los Angeles-based combo. Between their 1965 formation and their disbandment in 1970, however—amongst hundreds of performances and even a movie appearance—The London Dri recorded several other songs that, had they been released, would certainly have earned the group a more prominent standing today among Hollywood rock groups of the era. One of the most remarkable tracks doubtlessly is ‘This Is Life,’ practically the London Dri’s version of the Caretakers Of Deception’s legendary garage/psych classic 'X+Y= 13.’ Others, such as 'The Other Side Of Soul’ and 'Western Skies’ are both melodic period west-coast rock pieces with excellent psychedelic guitar playing. 'Hurry,’ 'Wanting To Know You’ and 'Sorry’ are all from The Misunderstood school of sound and show some clear shades of UK Freakbeat/Psych bands such as The Game, Mike Stuart Span or The Attack. The only cover version is an over 5-minute long rendition of Big Brother & The Holding Company’s 'Combinations.’…….

Second press of 100 hand-numbered copies. On vinyl, this great release collects the recordings of L.A.’s late '60s psychedelic band LONDON DRI! Included are both sides of the group’s sole 7-inch for Yobo Records, 'Life In Your Hand’ b/w 'Dona, Dona’. The remaining nine cuts, unissued back in the day ('67-'69), offer an exciting cocktail of garage vibes and west-coast folkrock, with traces of Arthur Lee’s LOVE, IRON BUTTERFLY, CLEAR LIGHT and THE BYRDS. Among the most notable tracks we find 'This Is Life’, which basically is London Dri’s version of the Caretakers Of Deceptions’ legendary garage/psych classic 'X+Y= 13’. The LP is presented in aull coloured paste-on-sleeve with an LP-sized booklet that includes rare pics and the band history as told by Mike Dugo of 60sgarage.com. A very relevant record for any serious '60s psych collector!…….

Side A

1. Life In Your Hand
(Bruce Thomas/Mark Vukalcic)
Yobo Records 45 B-side – 1967

2. Dona, Dona
(Traditional Folk)
Yobo Records 45 A-side – 1967

3. Hurry
(Bruce Thomas/Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968

4. The Other Side Of Soul
(Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968

5. Sorry
(Bruce Thomas/Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968

6. Combination Of The Two
(Sam Andrew)
Unreleased 1969

Side B

7. This Is Life
(Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968

8. Western Skies
(Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968

9. Wanting To Know You
(Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968

10. Today
(Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968

11. Leave Me Alone
(Blair Stevenson)
Unreleased 1968


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