Friday, June 19, 2015

Pacific Northwest Spotlight: The Bards - Light of Love/Never Too Much Love

Final day of our Pacific Northwest Battle of the Garage Band singles takes us to the small town of Moses Lake, Washington. There we find four cats calling themselves The Bards. This band espouses love on every side.

The Bards were Mike Blazotti, Bob Galloway, Mardig Sheridan and Chuck Warren. The band's discography is a bit of a mess with a-sides and flip-sides being issued in numerous forms. Regardless, we feature today their third single. Released in September of 1967 for Picadilly Records. As you know we like to do here, we start by flipping sides.

Light Of Love was written by the keyboardist and the guitarist and showcases the band's mousy vocal talent. Great bass work by Chuck Warren abounds. We really love the last :25 of the record as the band does a nice little vocal coda to finish the song off.

We have more love on the other side of the record. The A-side is a cover of the Curtis Mayfield number, Never Too Much Love. This side is a little scratchy, true. It does demonstrate that this band was not your typical garage band. A little jazzy, a little soul, a whole lot of vocal talent. The band would soon get picked up by Capitol Records for national distribution and would soldier on into the 70s. Dig that photo below. Stonecringe.
Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!

1 comment:

  1. Great one. I always see this with Owl And Pussycat featured opposite Light Of Love. Didn't know of this release. Looking at their discography I agree it's a mess with Light of Love on four releases. Not surprising - it's their best effort. I also see that they decided to take on My Generation. With all the jabberwocky-pussycatting, that is surprising. I'll have to give it a listen.

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