This is a kind of a crazy one.
I picked this up blind at a record show a while back on the strength of the song, a cover of one of my favorite Jackie Wilson records ‘I Get the Sweetest Feeling’ (which was co-written by one of the great soul songwriters, Van McCoy)on the assumption that it was a soul group.
When I got the record home and gave it a spin I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Earth Quake wasn’t a soul group, but in fact a rock/power pop band.
They formed in the mid-60s in San Francisco as Purple Earthquake, and recorded two albums for A&M in the early 70s before joining up with the nascent Beserkley label where they would record four albums between 1975 and 1979.
Their version of ‘I Get the Sweetest Feeling’ is a really cool fusion of pop/soul (something at which McCoy specialized) and Beatle-y rock.
They play the song fairly straight at the beginning, but the chorus puts a slightly modern twist on things, and then at around 1:42 drop in an instrumental break that sounds like it was lifted from a 1965 Beatles session.
I’m not really familiar with their later stuff, but on the strength of this single I will certainly pick it up when I find it.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you next week.