I hope the new week finds you well.
Today’s selection is from one of the finest examples of Beatles-influenced pop from the ate 60s.
Colours were a Southern California band that featured songwriters Gary Montgomery and Jack Dalton, as well as Oklahoma-emigrees Chuck Blackwell and Carl Radle (both of whom would be found in the orbit of Leon Russell, the latter ending up in Derek and the Dominos).
Colours recorded two albums for Dot in 1968 and 1969.
The first is – as described above – soaked in Beatle-esque sounds, and very much part of the 1968 musical zeitgeist. The second album ‘Atmosphere’ is missing most of the hooks and sounds like the group shaking off their influences and getting a lot hippy-er.
That said, their first, self-titled album is fantastic, with all the songs written by Dalton and Montgomery (two names that pop up a lot in late-60s LA).
The track I bring you today is one of the best tunes on the record, with a sound that mixes UK psyche and Topanga Canyon vibes, with sitar, strings, pulsing bass, group harmonies and tinkling piano (it even manages to work in some bagpipes at the end).
The tune was covered by The Moon (LA group featuring Matthew Moore and original Beach Boy David Marks) on their 1968 album ‘Without Earth’.
It’s a very groovy tune, and I highly recommend picking yourself up a copy of the album if you see it.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.
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