Boyce and Hart
Welcome to the new week here on the Leg of Iron.
The trio of late 60s albums by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart are favorites of mine, mainly because outside of their hits, the material is little known, and by and large quite good.
The last of their albums, 1968’s ‘It’s All Happening On the Inside’ was, sadly, hit—free, yet contains a number of excellent tracks.
As I was discussing with a friend recently, outside of their big chart hits, like ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight’ and ‘Alice Long’, Boyce and Hart’s studio creations tended to be a lot more interesting, progressive and sometimes experimental.
The track I bring you today is unusual because it is neither a Boyce and Hart composition, nor is it an outside cover.
‘Abracadabra’ was written by the members of Boyce and Hart’s band, LA studio heads Louie Shelton, Billy Lewis and John Gallie.
The song is a slow moving tune, with acoustic guitar filagree weaving in and out of the grinding riff, eventually replaced by electric guitar soloing.
While it definitely sounds like 1968, I think most people would be very surprised indeed to find out that it originated on a Boyce and Hart LP.
It is a relatively short track, clocking in at just 1:48, and ending abruptly, but it has a nice groove and I dig it.
I hope you do, too.
Until next week.
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