BRUCE CLASWON ld gtr, backing vcls A B C
TIMMY GRANADA ld vcls, gtr A B C
ROBBIE LADEWIG bs A B C RICK MORININI drms A
TONY "GOOSEY" RIVAS sax, tamb, backing vcls A
RANDY BUSBY drms B C
NICK HOFFMAN gtr C
ALBUM: 1(A/B) WE'RE NOT JUST ANYBODY (Misty Lane 057) 2001
NB: (1) 10" with insert.
45s: 1(A) She's Gone/What Am I Going To Do? (Miramar 118) Sep. 1965
2(A) I Could Be Happy/People Ask Me Why (Miramar 121) Nov. 1965
3(A) I Could Be Happy/People Ask Me Why (Reprise 0439) Dec. 1965
4 The Third Eye/Your Love (Miramar 123) Apr. 1966
4 She's Not Just Anybody/About Me (Miramar 124) May 1966
A Beatles-influenced combo from Santa Barbara, who started life as The Vandells. Their compilation appearances have given them a cult following making it impossible to acquire any of their 45s at realistic prices. Their first 45 consists of two folk rock ballads, whilst the second charted locally. Shortly afterwards Rick Morinini left the band, being replaced by the drummer from Ernie and The Emperors, in time for The Third Eye - a stand-out raga piece. Their fourth and final 45 also includes some great guitar work.
Compilation appearances have included: What Am I Going To Do on Nuggets Box (4-CD); She's Gone and What Am I Going To Do on Pebbles Vol. 2 (CD) and Pebbles, Vol. 2 (LP); She's Not Just Anybody on Pebbles, Vol. 7 (LP) and Pebbles Vol. 8 (CD); Your Love on Sixties Rebellion, Vol. 6 (LP & CD); The Third Eye on Highs In The Mid Sixties, Vol. 20 (LP) and 30 Seconds Before The Calico Wall (CD); People Ask Me Why and I Could Be Happy on The Cicadelic 60's, Vol. 2 (LP).
The great news is that you can have their complete recorded output on one disc. After many years seeking out and talking to many of the band members, Mike Markesich has been able to piece together their story on this absolutely essential release.
Few modern bands have been brave enough to attempt to cover Dovers' songs, given the very high esteem in which they're held. So hats off to Buffalo, New York's Mystic Eyes for attempting She's Gone (1997 45 on Get Hip GH-188). Buy it yourself so you can judge whether they've succeeded in doing it justice.
(Max Waller / Craig Morrison)
Originally posted by Arcadium