The Super Set
The “side “ I bring you today is quite literally a full side of an EP.
During a recent record show dig, while prowling through the crates of a dealer from whom I’ve been buying garage and psych for more than 20 years, the name Gene Clark caught my eye. I’m a huge fan of Clark’s post-Byrds solo work – especially the ‘Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers’ LP – so when I saw a small picture of that very album on a sleeve, I pulled it out of the box.
What I thought I had – at the time – was a six-song promo EP of Columbia releases by Clark, Keith Allison, the Freak Scene, the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Chris Farlowe and Brute Force. As it was late in the day and I was beat – and the record was only ten bucks – I grabbed it without unholstering the portable.
When I got home and slipped the record on the turntable I discovered that what I had purchased was a radio-station promo that included only truncated versions of the songs, interspersed with some of the craziest, Real Don Steele-ish AM DJ psycho-patter that I’ve ever heard (PA-SIKE-O-DELIC PA-SOUL!!!). I also discovered that there was a sheet of photos in the sleeve that I missed when I checked the condition of the record.
That said, I think you’ll find – as I did – that it’s a great little time capsule of a bygone era. If anyone knows who the DJ is please drop me a line.
Now to start searching for that Gene Clark OG….