Before we get started this week …
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The 45 you see before you today was the sole single released by a band that would have been all but lost to time were it not for their next job.
The Rockets released one album on White Whale in 1968, after which a large portion of the band (Danny Whitten, Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot) would form the heart of Crazy Horse, working with Neil Young for decades, with the exception of Whitten who died of an OD in 1972.
Today’s selection has a slightly shambolic, Basement Tapes-y air to it, with a country fiddle weaving in and out of a (very) crunchy rock band. The rusty saw-ing of fiddler Bobby Notkoff butts right up against the border of ‘annoying’ but manages to fit in with the overall vibe of the band.
The production (by Barry Goldberg) is an amiable mess. Interestingly enough, Goldberg (who seems to have dragged Notkoff with him from the Electric Flag) would go on to cover the song later in 1968 with his own band, the Barry Goldberg Reunion.
The rest of the album wanders around in the California country rock soup of the time, with hints of the Buffalo Springfield’s experimental bent in tunes like ‘Let Me Go’ which has a slightly acidic edge to it.
You can definitely hear the roots of Crazy Horse popping up here and there.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.