Friday, November 25, 2011

046 - The Greatest Moment, Are You Ready For This?

One of the best bands out of Richmond, VA kick off this episode of the Garage/Soul '66 podcast. Wilson Castle had strong songwriting skills and a mature sound.

For some reason though, their tracks were never released (well, until Arcania International came along that is). This episode they perform a heartfelt ballad, "The Greatest Moment," which might owe  a little of its sound to the Byrds.

Sometimes "rare" doesn't begin to describe the music Arcania International rescues from the past. The Psychotrons' "Death is a Dream" is the lone 45 rpm put out by the group. There are only three copies of this 45 known to exist -- and Arcania International had access to one of them. And so we share this single shot of psych with you.

The Soul Spotlight shines on Blue-Eyed Soul. Not the term, but the group of the same name. This integrated ensemble had a tough time getting gigs in the south, but when they took to the stage, they really delivered. "Are You Ready for This?" Are you ready indeed for Blue-Eyed Soul!

We finish with the Woo Too Country Band and their version of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Whatever you think this song will sound like -- you're likely to be wrong. The band strips this old song down to its essence and reassembles it as a raw-sounding rocker.

Remember, you don't need an iPod (or even an iPhone) to enjoy this podcast. Just click on the link below and start listening.

The Radio Star

This program we play:

Wilson Castle - The Greatest Moment
Aliens, Psychos, and Wild Things, Vol. 3

The Psychotrons - Death is a Dream
Aliens, Psychos, and Wild Things, Vol. Fore

Blue-Eyed Soul - Are You Ready
Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 2

Woo Too Country Band -What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Lost Souls, Vol. 2 - Garage and Psychedelic Rock from Arkansas and Beyond

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