Diary of a Demented Store Owner

Friday, 13 June 2014

Who Knew?!

Formed in 1966, the band named Stained Glass began life as a Beatles cover band performing live in and around their native San Jose until an A&Rman from RCA signed them to the label later that year.

Four singles for RCA duly followed, but success stubbornly refused to do likewise, although We Got A Long Way To Go (RCA 47-9166) , a driving rock song far removed from their more usual Mersey beat style, did provide the band with a small degree of fame when the single became a big hit in Southern California in 1967.

Disillusioned with life at RCA, the band decamped to Capitol in early1968, where they were to record three singles and two highly acclaimed albums which, despite attracting the critic’s plaudits, failed to make an impact causing the group to disband in November1969 with vocalist/bass player Jim McPherson going on to join Copperhead.

While the band’s first album, Crazy Horse Roads (Capitol ST154) was an eccentric amalgam of commercial tunes, fuzz guitar and psych touches, their second effort, Aurora (Capitol ST242), with its looser,more jammy feel, is the one that the general consensus rates as the better of the two.

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