Monday, September 23, 2013

Song of the Week: The Purple Hearts - Of Hope and Dreams and Tombstones/I'm Gonna Try

Of Hopes and Dreams and Tombstones
I'm Gonna Try
It's Australia (and maybe New Zealand) week here at On The Flip-Side!

We'll start with The Purple Hearts who hailed from the provincial capital of Brisbane. The band was Mick Hadley, Fred Pickard, Adrian Redmond, Bob Dames and guitar wizard, Barry Lyde who went by the name Lobby Loyde. 

The Purple Hearts released their second single, Of Hopes and Dreams and Tombstones, on the Sunshine label in February of 1966. It's my favorite of their records, even though we don't get a hint of Loyde's prolific guitar work. The sparse arrangement works perfect for the subject matter. 

The Flip-Side, I Gonna Try, is rocking, but again leaves us wanting more from Loyde as we only hear him take off in the fade out.
Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!

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