Saturday, January 15, 2011

025 - Planet of Union and Urban 44

We present a fine lineup of artists on this edition of our podcast. Denis and the Times open the show with their 1967 track "Flight Patterns." This Norfolk, Virginia band consisted of three brothers plus to friends.

LD Mitchell and the Amalgamated Taxi Cab Service offer up a slice of psychedelic goodness from the deep south with their song, "Planet of Union." This trippy tune belies its Arkansas origins.

The Soul Duo may not have quite hit the big time when they were active in the late 1960's, but they've achieved some stature among collectors and have shown up in several compilations of early soul. Their song "This is Your Day" takes center stage in the Soul Spotlight this show.

One of the most important bands in 1960's Virginia was the Morning Disaster. Their level of playing and the sophistication of their songwriting makes one wonder why they didn't break onto the national scene. Case in point: the excellent track we feature in this show by them, "Urban 44" could hold its own with anything coming out of San Francisco at the time -- yet the recording was never released. Another mystery from the halcyon days of rock in the Old Dominion.

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This program we play:

LD Mitchell and the Amalgamated Taxi Cab Service - Planet of Union
Lost Souls, Vol. 1

Morning Disaster - Urban 44
Aliens, Psychos and Wild Things, Vol. 3

The Soul Duo  - This is Your Day
Ol' Virginia Soul, Vol. 1

Denis and the Times  - Flight Patterns
Aliens, Psychos, and Wild Things, Vol. 1

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