The Gentle Soul
Today’s selection is one of my favorite recent finds, grooving on that good-timey, LA folk rock thing.
The Gentle Soul were the duet of Pamela Polland and Rick Stanley. They recorded a pair of 45s for Columbia in 1967 and then an LP for Epic in 1968.
‘You Move Me’ sounds like it could have been recorded in 1965 or 1966, leaning heavily on a Mamas and Papas, early times Jefferson Airplane vibe, with 12 string guitars, tight harmonies and tasty pop hooks.
The flipside, ‘Tell Me Love’ moves in a more psychedelic direction, with a great arrangement by Jack Nitzsche.
Their 1968 LP (that I have yet to score a copy of) was produced by Terry Melcher and features the cream of LA studio heads, as well as an appearance by Van Dyke Parks on harpsichord.
Pamela Polland went on to tour and record with Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Rick Stanley seems to have gone off into a Hare Krishna bag, recording what looks like a devotional album in 1970.
I hope you dig the sounds and I’ll see you next week.
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