Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Blue Things-Blue Things (1966 Psychedelic Folk-Rock)

Along with the Remains, the Blue Things are serious contenders for the title of the Great Lost Mid-'60s American Band. The Kansas group was extremely popular in the Midwest and Texas, but remained unknown on a national level, despite a deal with RCA. Piloted by the songwriting of singer and guitarist Val Stecklein, the group often sounded like a cross between the Byrds and the Beau Brummels with their melodic, energetic, guitar-oriented folk-rock and haunting harmonies. The group's sole album (Listen & See, 1966) and several singles chart a rapid growth from British Invasion-like material with a heavy Searchers and Buddy Holly influence to full-blown psychedelic efforts with careening guitars, organ, and backward effects. Quite innovative for the time, these 1966 psychedelic singles met with no more than regional success. The group's impetus was derailed by the departure of Stecklein at the end of 1966, although they struggled on for a bit. Stecklein went to California and recorded a disappointing MOR folk album for Dot in the late '60s that reprised some of his Blue Things songs. (all music guide)



Blogger SamIam said...

Thanks for sharing. A good opportunity to hear more from the band.

Cheers, SamIam

2:49 PM  
Blogger cinematographer said...

Thanx alot for this one!

10:01 PM  
Blogger doughboy said...

hello MSL,
just wondering if there was any chance of a re-post ... I've got a Blue Things best of but always looking for to hear more ...

7:00 PM  
Blogger Vlasdance said...

I will try to do so..
although, unfotunately i do not have much time these days..

3:15 AM  
Blogger doughboy said...

thankyou ...
music saves lives!

12:07 AM  

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