The Live Five
Back in the olden days, when things were different, I lucked into a set of the History of Northwest Rock comps (released in the late 70s/early 80s at the Princeton Record Exchange.
Though I knew some of the bands (like Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Sonics) there were a bunch of acts that were new to me, and whose music I fell in love with.
One of these acts was the Live Five, and the song ‘Move Over and Let Me Fly’.
Originally released in 1967 (the first of the group’s three singles for Picadilly, following two on Panorama), ‘Move Over and Let Me Fly’ is one of those great records that seems balanced on the cusp of garage rock and psychedelia, with plenty of pop punch, garage aggression and just enough farout-ness to mess with the kids heads.
The Live Five hailed from Salem Oregon, and appeared to have a great deal of regional success (in Oregon, Washington and Vancover, BC), yet never broke through nationally.
They – like many other unjustly unrecognized bands of the era – have been immortalized on garage comps over the years, cementing the Pacific Northwest rock scene as one of the greatest ever.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.
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