Webster’s New Word
I hope the new week finds you all well.
Today’s selection is one of those records that was all but unknown to me until it showed up on a friend’s sale list.
I found it intriguing, gave the sound clip a spin and new instantly that I needed to add it to the crates.
‘Henry Thachet’ by Webster’s New Word (groovy name, that) is one of those 45s that falls into that sweet spot where the folk rock and pop of 1965/66 is starting to intersect ever so peripherally with the dawn of psychedelia, merging pop hooks with weird, trippy touches. The production, in the chorus where things start to sound a little bit crowded and far out, with the bells and the strings and just a touch of dissonance is very cool, as are the drums, the organ and the still-jangling guitars.
Apparently Webster’s New Word got their start at college in Indiana, moving to New York City where they were signed to Columbia where they recorded two singles (including a cover of Richard Farina’s ‘Hard Loving Loser’) in 1966 and then moving to RCA for two more in 1967 of which ‘Henry Thachet’ was the first.
It’s a groovy 45, and I hope you dig it.
See you next week.
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