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Phinx

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ALBUM:
1 SOMETIMES (Crazy Cajun CCLP-1059) 1978
 

45s:
1 My Baby Don't Care/Sometimes (Pic 1 139) 1966
2 Duke of Earl/House Of The Rising Sun (Pic 1 144) 1967
 

Houston's answer to The Gants. A mystery outfit produced by Huey P. Meaux, who eventually released the 10-track compilation of their material, though omitting House Of The Rising Sun. Like The Gants their stuff is almost all covers, competent but lightweight garagey beat/folk-rock - good but not that good. They even cover The Gants' own My Baby Don't Care alongside regular faves like Feel A Whole Lot Better, You Make Me Feel Good, etc.

(Max Waller)


Phlegethon

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Personnel:
JEFF BOUGHNER gtr A B
TOM DAVIS drms A
ARIS HAMPERS keyb'ds, tympani, vcls A B
DAVE PRYCE gtr A
JOE SARNICOLA bs A
L.C. DAVIS bs, flute B
RANDY MARSH drms B
 

CDs:
1 THE SOULBENDERS/PHLEGETHON: THE MICHIGAN TAPES 1967-1971 (CD) (Arisdisc no #) 2000
2 THE SOULBENDERS/PHLEGETHON: BONUS DISC (CD) (Arisdisc no #) 2000
 

45s:
1(A) You're No Good / The Sun (Pre-Heat 200) Apr 1970
2(B) Last Voyage Home / Prelude To An Odyssey (Pre-Heat 202) Mar 1971

NB: (2) was pressed on red vinyl and in stereo.  

Phlegethon was the next musical venture for Hampers and Boughner after Grand Rapids, Michigan's mighty Soulbenders.

Aris: "Phlegethon was more of an "art-rock" band than garage, at least the last incarnation... it was the times. But some of the earlier stuff definitely borders on garage... particularly the organ and guitar sounds."

They disbanded a couple of months after the second release - "Actually the friction had begun before the recording session. I knew we were about to give it up... that's pretty much why I titled the tune Last Voyage Home even though the lyrics don't allude to that."

Aris Hampers released two CDs of material from both bands in 2000. For more information and some cool band pictures go to: http://www.arisdisc.com/SoulB.htm

And just in case anyone was wondering..... Aris finally reveals: "I purposefully skipped #201 just to befuddle record collectors - I was one myself. It was just for grins, but it worked. A number of people have begged me to tell them about #201. he he... there wasn't one!"

Compilation appearances include: You're No Good on Sixties Archive Vol. 6 (CD) and Brain Shadows, Vol. 2 (LP & CD).

(Max Waller)


Phluph

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Personnel:
BENSON BLAKE IV A
LEE DUDLEY A
JOEL MAISANO A
JOHN PELL A
 

ALBUM:
1(A) PHLUPH (Verve 5054) 1968

NB:(1) reissued on LP and CD (Akarma AK 147) 2001.  

45s:
1 Another Day/Doctor Mind (Verve 10564) 1967
2 Patterns/In Her Way (Verve 10576) 1968
 

This Boston band made an excellent psychedelic album full of trippy lyrics, catchy organ work and, at times, fine guitar work. Almost all the tracks are interesting so it's difficult to single out individual ones. This is more commercial than most of the Bosstown Sound's offerings in 1968 and is now a very minor collectors' item. All the 45 cuts are taken from the album.


Phoenix

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Personnel:
CHUCK MCCABE gtr, vcls A
TIRAN PORTER bs, vcls A
HOMER SWAIN drms, vcls A
MIKE WALCH perc, vcls, piano A
 

ALBUM:
1(A) PHOENIX (ABC ABCS-703) 1969
 

45s:
1 Baby, I'm Sorry/Postmark : N.Y.C. (ABC 11249) 1969
2 Postmark : N.Y.C./Julia's Face (ABC 11263) 1969
 

Produced by Bob Todd, Phoenix was a California rock quartet whose album is only of minor interest. The musicians are good but the songs are weak, and the production is direction-less, with ballads with strings, rock songs with horns. The best tracks are the ones used for the 45s, plus I'm Leaving, You Arrived.

Their young black bassist, Tiran Porter, would later join the Doobie Brothers.

(Stephane Rebeschini)


Phoenix Bird

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Personnel:
GEORGE GORDON gtr, vcls A
KEITH HART bs, vcls A
MIKE McINNIS drms A
 

45:
1 F.T.C./Parchman Farm (PS) (American Sound AS 1001) 1996
 

A Lincoln, New Hampshire band who recorded for the Onyx label (Lazy Smoke) but whose recordings were never released at the time. The tracks on the 7" above are from an acetate recorded in 1970 and remind a lot of Blue Cheer. It's been released in a picture sleeve of 500 copies only.

(Max Waller/Vernon Joynson)


Phoenix Trolley

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45:
1 When Charlie's Doin' His Thing/Three-Part Invention (Capitol 2227) 1968
 

An obscure harmony-pop 45 that reeks of L.A. and would have remained obscure but for Erik Lindgren featuring the flip on his weird 'n' wacky odyssey Only In America. The top-side is pretty ordinary pop but the 'B' side is a haunting dirge that combines a Curt Boettcher type vocal collage and adds a David Axelrod backing track. Not psych, just extra-ordinary.

Compilation appearances include: Three Part Investigation (Too Many Trees In The Forest) on Only In America (CD).

(Max Waller)


Phorenbach Delegation

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45:
1 Tall Grass/? (Fahrenheit FAH-100) 1968
 

Came out of Chicago. Glimpses, Vol. 4 (LP) includes Tall Grass.


PH Phactor (Jugband)

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Personnel:
PAUL BASSETT washboard, drms, kazoo, jug, jews harp A
JOHN BROWNE gtr, hrmnca, vcls A
DAVY COFFIN gtr, mandolin A
JOHN HENDRICKS mandolin, kazoo, jug A
NICK OGILVIE gtr, hrmnca A
STEVE MORK bs, jug A
CHRIS ROBINSON gtr, vcls A
MIKE RUSH drms A
 

ALBUM:
1 MERRYJUANA (Piccadilly PIC 3343) 1980 R2
 

45:
1 Minglewood Blues/Barefoot John (Piccadilly 241) 1967
 

A five-piece from Portland, Oregon, they moved to San Francisco in the flower-power era to record the above 45. An LP collecting their material, entitled Merryjuana, was put out in the early eighties but is extremely elusive and is similar to early Charlatans, Kaleidoscope and Country Joe and The Fish. Note that the group's name is spelled "Factor" on the cover, but "Phactor" on the label.

Paul Bassett became a poster artist and like Nick Ogilvie now lives in Portland. John Browne resides near Seattle and Steve Mork lives in Sacramento, California. A video The Life And Times Of The Red Dog Saloon which is due for release, includes extensive footage of a Red Dog reunion featuring the P.H. Phactor Jugband, Charlatans and others, as well as a soundtrack of period P.H. Phactor Jugband material and footage from the sixties.

You'll also find their version of Minglewood Blues on Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 2 (LP) and The History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 3 (LP); Minglewood Blues, Merryjuana and Barefoot John on The History Of Northwest Rock, Vol. 3 (CD); another cut, Rain Island, also features on the California Halloween compilation.

(Vernon Joynson/Darryl F. Riffero/Maryalice Cheesman/Nick Kontogouris)


The Pictorian Skiffuls

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Personnel incl:
RON SKINNER drms A
 

45:
1 In A While/You've Done Me Wrong (Skifful 15587/8) 1965
 

Hailed from Dayton, Ohio. In A While, a folkish Merseybeat offering can also be heard on Highs In The Mid Sixties, Vol. 21 (LP). This 45 seems to have been their sole vinyl offering.

Ron Skinner went on to Jerry and The Others.

(Max Waller / David Jaffe)


Picture

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Personnel:
WAYNE BABICH bs A
MIKE BEASTER drms A
MIKE MILEWSKI ld gtr A
JIM MILEWSKI gtr/bs A
PHIL SHIELDS keyb'ds, sax A
BILL AIKEN gtr, keyb'ds
MIKE HOULIHAN bs
WAYNE LaPENE drms
BOB McKENNA vcls
LON OMITT drms
 

45s:
1 Reach Out/Evolution (Nasco 002) 1969
2 Universal Soldier / Dance Of Love (WRN WRN-45-101) 1970
 

Formed in Milwaukee in 1967 by the Milewski brothers after the break-up of the Richochett(e)s, their first 45 is well-regarded for the acid etched Evolution. Erik's Lindgren' description can't be topped - "Excessive flanging, searing guitar leads and heavily echoed drums add up to one far out enchanted musical journey". The 'A' side is a cover of the Four Tops' Reach Out (I'll Be There).

The band was together for around five years although latterly the personnel was apparently very fluid.

Compilation appearances include: Evolution on A Heavy Dose Of Lyte Psych (CD), Psychedelic Experience (CD), The Psychedelic Experience, Vol. 2 (LP) and Acid and Flowers (CD).

(Max Waller/Gary Myers)


Pidgeon

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Personnel:
CHERI GAGE autoharp, ld vcls A
RICHARD T. MARSHALL poetry A
JOBRAITH SALISBURY keyb'ds, gtr, ld vcls A
BILL STRONG SMITH drms, perc A
 

ALBUM:
1(A) PIDGEON (Decca DL 75103) 1969
 

45:
1 Prison Walls/Rubber Necks (Decca 32545) 1969
 

Thanks to Mike Warth of Leighton Buzzard for drawing this album, which has attracted little interest from collectors to date, to my attention. It's a typical West Coast-sounding album with some nice female vocals from Cheri Gage, although most of the tracks feature harmony vocals. Mostly soft rock it includes one good rocker, The Dancer. The 45 was not on the LP.


The Piece Kor

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Personnel:
MICKEY BALL hrmnca, gtr, vcls A
JACK BANDONI gtr A
CHARLEY CLARK drms, vcls A
DANNY MOORE ld gtr A
BARRY SCOTT bs A
 

45:
1 All I Want Is My Baby Back/Words Of The Raven (Laray 2556) 1968
 

A garage band from Bel-Air, Maryland. The 45 was produced by Tom Guernsey of The Hangmen. All I Want Is My Baby Back is a pretty late piece of teen honk, whilst the flip is quite a classy slab of garage-psych with a superb reverb style guitar break.

Compilation appearances have included: Words Of The Raven on Sixties Rebellion, Vol. 14 (LP & CD); All I Want Is My Baby Back on Back From The Grave, Vol. 8 (CD) and Back From The Grave, Vol. 8 (Dble LP).

(Max Waller / Mike Markesich)


Pied Pipers

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Personnel incl:
DICK BELLEY A
DENNIS SESSONSKY A
 

45s:
1 Hey Joe/Hold On I'm Coming (Wam 5948) May 1967?
2 Stay In My Life/You Don't Know Like I Know (Hamlin 2510) Nov 1967?
 

From the Youngstown, Ohio area. The Pied Pipers had quite a following on the local scene, and were second only in the pecking order to the Human Beinz. They played at teen dances locally and recorded at Wam studios in Youngstown (long shut-down) who cut many local bands.

Led by Dennis Sessonsky, who co-wrote Stay In My Life, the group lasted until 1970, and had many personnel changes. The last version, when they were known as The Pipers, also included Dick Belley, who had played with the Human Beinz.

Sessonsky was a bizarre character to be sure. He later metamorphised into Dennis T. Menass and fronted Left End, the top Youngstown band throughout the seventies and early eighties. Left End also cut a few local singles and one album on Polydor.

The flip to their second 45, You Don't Know Like I Know, was a Porter/Hayes Stax composition.

Compilation coverage to date has included: Stay In My Life and You Don't Know Like I Know on Everywhere Interferences (LP); Hey Joe on Highs In The Mid Sixties, Vol. 9 (LP); and Stay In My Life on Midnight To Sixty-Six (LP) and Victims Of Circumstance, Vol. 2 (CD).

(George Gell/Mike McKay/Max Waller)


Pierce Arreau

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Personnel:
ROD RUSSELL A
 

45:
1 Let Me Take A Ride/Chandelier Ball (Mark Ltd 1010) 1967
 

Pierce Arreau was actually Rod Russell, an accomplished Dallas musician. This was officially the last release on Mark.


(Mark Stein and) The Pigeons

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Personnel incl:
TIM BOGERT A
VINCE MARTELL A
MARK STEIN A
 

ALBUM:
1 WHILE THE WORLD WAS EATING VANILLA FUDGE (Wand 687) 1968/69

NB: (1) also issued in Germany on the Metronome subsidiary 2001 (08) in 1970.  

45:
1 (In The) Midnight Hour/ Stay In My Corner Baby (Musicor MU-1199) 1966
 

An album of third rate Rascals imitations, which appeared on the back of Stein, Martell and Bogert's success as Vanilla Fudge. The album mostly comprised soul covers but originals are Upset The People and About Me.

The band were discovered by former UK Undertakers, Chris Huston, who introduced the band to Atlantic...

(Vernon Joynson/Max Waller/Andreas Hedler)


Piggy Bank

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Personnel:
VIC GABRIELE vcls, bs A
DON GLEICHER ld gtr A
BENJIE MARTINEZ drms A
GEORGE ORANA gtr A
WES SMYTHE organ A
 

45:
1 Thoughts Of You/Play With Fire (Lavette LA 5017/18) 1966
 

This 45 was produced by Lindy Blaskey and recorded on his Albuquerque-based label. Also known as the Monkey Men this band had local hits on the Q-Q label.

(Max Waller / Mike Dugo)


Pig Iron

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Personnel:
MARTY FOGEL sax A
ADAM IPPOLITO keyb'ds, vcls A
BILL PETERS gtr, vcls A
PAUL SQUIRE drms A
GARY VAN SCYOC bs A
 

ALBUM:
1(A) PIG IRON (CBS CS 1018) 1970

NB: (1) also released in Holland (CBS 54044).  

From New York, an urban blues rock band using horns. The album has its moments. Van Scyoc and Ippolito would later join Elephant's Memory and Marty Fogel went on to play with Lou Reed.

(Stephane Rebeschini)


Travis Pike's Tea Party

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Personnel:
GEORGE BROX gtr A
KARL GARRETT ld gtr A B
TRAVIS PIKE vcls A B
MIKEY HOE VALENTE bs A B
PHIL VITALI drms A B
LONNIE HILLARD B
 

45:
1 If I Didn't Love You Girl/The Likes Of You (Alma ) 1967
 

Travis Pike was a veteran of bands as far back as 1959 (The Jesters) prior to forming the Tea Party. A prolific writer, he wrote numerous songs for the Tea Party that unfortunately were never released. The band's sole single was recorded at Joe Sawyer's AAA Recording Studio in Boston. In addition to composing music for and appearing on a local TV program, 'Here And Now', the Tea Party joined The Rockin' Ramrods on a promotional cruise for WRKO Radio. Despite a trip to California in 1968 to try and jump start the band's career, the Tea Party dissolved shortly thereafter.

To read more about Travis Pike, visit his very comprehensive website at http://www.long-grin.com/~travpike/

Compilation appearances have included:- If I Didn't Love You Girl on Sixties Rebellion Vol. 7 (CD & LP) and Tougher Than Stains (LP).


Pilgrimage

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45s:
1 Bad Apple/You Satisfy Me (Mercury 72631) 1966
2 Do You Love Me?/Hey (Mercury 72706) 1967
 

From Long Island, New York. The 'A' side to their first 45, Bad Apple, is the pick of the crop - a thumpin' singalong punker. The flip, You Satisfy Me, is an R'n'B-influenced pounder, graced with rippling keyboards and the odd lead phrase.

The follow-up is not quite so impressive though their cover of Berry Gordy's Do You Love Me? is solid and probably inspired by the Dave Clark Five version.

Compilation appearances have included: Bad Apple on 60's Punk E.P., Vol. 3 (7"), Teenage Shutdown, Vol. 3 (LP & CD) and Victims Of Circumstance, Vol. 2 (CD); You Satisfy Me and Bad Apple on Victims Of Circumstances, Vol. 1 (LP).

(Max Waller/Mike Markesich)


Pilot

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Personnel incl:
MARTIN QUITTENTON gtr A
BRUCE STEPHENS gtr, keyb'ds, vcls A
LEIGH STEPHENS gtr, vcls A
MICK WALLER drms A
NEVILLE WHITEHEAD bs A
 

ALBUMS:
1(A) PILOT (RCA LSP-4730) 1972
2(A) POINT OF VIEW (RCA LSP-4825) 1973
 

45:
1 Rider/Miss Sandy (RCA 74-0770) 1972
 

Leigh Stephens and Mick Waller had already played together on Stephens' solo album and in Silver Metre. Pilot was an Anglo-American hard rock "supergroup" as its line-up also included Bruce Stephens (ex-Blue Cheer and Mint Tattoo) plus Martin Quittenton from Steamhammer.

They were of course completely unconnected with the UK pop act of the same name.

(Stephane Rebeschini)


Pinkiny Canandy

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Personnel incl:
MICHAEL CHAIN vcls A
 

ALBUM:
1(A) PINKINY CANANDY (UNI 73049) 1969
 

Produced by Mike Post, this is a strange concept album written and sung by Michael Chain which tells the adventures of Pinkiny Canandy, a super hero in pink clothes. Musically it's a mix of pop, pop psych and rock with good guitars and unusual lyrics (Christopher Centipede, Mutual Indemnity Insurance Company etc.). One of the best tracks is Hello Hello (not the Sopwith Camel song).

The album came in a gatefold sleeve with two pages of Marvel-like cartoons.

(Stephane Rebeschini)


Pinnochio and Puppets

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45:
1 Fusion/Cowboys And Indians (Mercury 72659) 1967
 

The absolutely ultimate awesome East-meets-West fusion instrumental that blows everything else away - crank this one up and... WOW!!! Uncompiled until recently, and now featured on the Erik Lindgren's instrumental mayhem compilation Everything You Always Wanted To Know About '60s Mind Expanding Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask (CD) (phew), Slowly Growing Insane (CD), The Arf! Arf! Blitzkrieg 32 Track Sampler (Dble CD) and Psychedelic Unknowns, Vol. 11 (LP). It turns out that this is none other than New York City's Teddy Boys. The flip is another instrumental that's more rocky and in a slightly 'twangy' vein, but is pretty tasty too.

(Max Waller)


The Pirates

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45s:
1 Big Boy Pete/Little Boy Sad (Deaux DEA-1 150) 1965
2 Naughty Girl/Cuttin' Out (Back Stage 5001) 1965
 

An unexceptional garage punk outfit from Houston, Texas. They sound like a frat-party outfit on Big Boy Pete though Little Boy Sad is more garagey though nowhere near The Gants' version. They later became Their Singing Bodies.

Compilation appearances include: Cuttin Out on Sixties Archive Vol. 2 (CD) and Texas Punk From The Sixties (LP).


Pitche Blende

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45:
1 My World Has Stopped/Stop (Valley 1102) 196?
 

Michigan Mixture, Vol. 1 (LP) features both 45 cuts by this outfit. The first, My World Has Stopped, is a pleasant enough harmony pop effort. The second, Stop, is much faster and punkier with some good guitar moments.


The Plague

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Personnel incl:
BILL "CORKY" ANDERSON drms A
 

45:
1 Go Away/Money (Epidemic 2164) 196?
 

This band came from Albuquerque in New Mexico and drummer "Corky" Anderson had previously been with King Richard and The Knights. Their punkish 45 was clearly influenced by The Kinks. The 'A' side, written by S. Erickson and Bill Anderson, can also be heard on King Richard And The Knights - Precision! (CD), New Mexico Punk From The Sixties (LP), Pebbles Vol. 5 (CD), The Essential Pebbles Collection, Vol. 1 (Dble CD), Pebbles, Vol. 5 (LP), Sixties Archive Vol. 4 (CD) and Teenage Shutdown, Vol. 4 (LP & CD).

(Max Waller)


The Plague

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This Plague from Bismarck, New Delaware has a previously unreleased version of Money on Hipsville, Vol. 2 (LP).


The Plague

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45:
1 Mr. White Collar Man/When I See That Girl Of Mine (Wright W 6863) 1968
 

Poppy "garage" from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that sounds more like '65 or '66 and has too many sha-la-la's - it's nearer to teeny-pop sounds despite the moody keyboards. The 'B' side, When I See That Girl Of Mine, is a cover of the Kinks and has popped up on Leaving It All Behind (LP).

(Max Waller)


The Plague

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45s:
1 Brighter Side/Cherry Road (Nottingham Disc Co ) c1970
 

From Virginia, near Norfolk, this unknown group released a single with a good flip in the heavy garage style, with organ.

(Stephane Rebeschini)


Plague

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Personnel:
SCOTT DONALDSON gtr A
ED MOSS A
JOHN PALMER gtr A
PETE RAINE A
 

A group of punky rebels on the Richmond, California scene in 1966 who have come to be regarded as a local legend by virtue of their exploits and tough image. They released no records but two members would end up in bands whose legacy has been preserved. Scott Donaldson joined Berkeley's Haymarket Riot (formerly The Livin' End) in late 1966. John Palmer had previously been in The Boys (with Randy Hammon) and would be in The Boys Blue and Lincoln's Promise before teaming up with Hammon again in the highly-regarded Savage Resurrection.

(Max Waller)


Plague

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ALBUM:
1 THE PLAGUE (No label) c1969 R1
 

45:
1 Somebody Help Me / Hard To Wait (Smitty's 1293) 197?
 

From Michigan, a garage band with organ and guitar, recorded with primitive equipment judging by the result. All copies came in a plain white cover.

The band weren't connected to the earlier Michigan outfit The Plagues.

(Stephane Rebeschini/Max Waller)

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