Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
Listen – The Union Gap feat. Gary Puckett – Don’t Make Promises – MP3
I hope everyone is well, and that you had a chance to check out the last edition of the Iron Leg Digital Trip.
It was very interesting week here at the Leg, with comments posted by not one but two original members of the Millennium, Sandy Salisbury and Michael Fennelly. It’s an honor whenever an artist stops by to say hello, but especially so when it’s two members of one of my favorite bands.
The tune I bring you today is something I pulled from that big lot of 45s I won a while back. Normally I wouldn’t give a Gary Puckett and the Union Gap record a second look. Though Puckett had one of the great voices of late 60s pop, they’ve always been one of those bands that blended too easily into the wallpaper of oldies radio.
However, decades of digging have taught me a number of important record collector lessons, not the least of which is “turn the record over”. The flip sides of 45s are often a wellspring of hidden treasures, something I have often discovered after having a record languish in the crates for years.
This time out I just happened to have picked the 45 up with the b-side facing up and discovered that Puckett and the Union Gap had recorded a version of one of my all time favorite tunes, Tim Hardin’s ‘Don’t Make Promises’.
Naturally I had to give it a spin, and was pleasantly surprised when the Union Gap’s take on the song turned out to be pretty cool.
Appearing on the flipside of 1968’s mega-hit ‘Woman Woman’, this version of Hardin’s classic is taken at a brisk pace, with a horn section and a typically rich vocal by Puckett. It’s nothing profound or life-changing, just a quality performance of a great song.
I hope you dig it and I’ll be back later in the week with something groovy.