Saturday, December 25, 2010

024 - LSD and the Smacks

Although the title of this episode may suggest otherwise, we're not promoting drug use here at Garage/Soul '66! The Smacks were sort of a composite group, made up of musicians from Maryland and Virgina. In 1967 they recorded two songs for a 45 RPM record, which is an incredibly rare collector's item. But Arcania International went a step further. They dug up a previously unreleased track from this band, and we share it on this podcast!

The story of the song "LSD" is as strange and trippy as an acid trip. The Arkansas-based group the Villagers were a middle-of-the-road folk ensemble that was invited by a Little Rock radio DJ to record a song or two. After the session, the DJ decided to update the song with some imaginative post-production. Imagine the group's surprise when the box of 45's arrived on their doorstep. Their song had been turned into the psychodelic "LSD," and the Villagers had been renamed the Suspension of Disbelief (something I'm sure they experienced)!

We also have great tracks from the Reactors, who hailed from Virginia's Dismal Swamp, as well as the spectacular soul artist, Wilson Williams.

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  - The Radiostar

This program we play:

The Reactors - 1-A
Aliens, Psychos and Wild Things, Volume 1

The Smacks - There'll Come a Day
Aliens, Psychos and Wild Things, Volume 2

Wilson Williams - Ain't That Loving You
Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 2

Suspension of Disbelief - LSD
Lost Souls, Volume 1

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