American Revolution, The

Band members               Related acts

- Richard Barcellona -- vocals, rhythm guitar (1968)
- Daniel Derda -- vocals, drums, percussion (1968)
- Eddie Haddad -- vocals, keyboards (1968)
- John Keith -- vocals, bass (1968) 

- Dave Novorgoski -- drums (replaced Daniel Derda) (1968)

- The Band without a Name (Richard Barcellona and 

  John Keith)

- The Boston Tea Party (Dave Novorgoski)

- The Edge (Richard Barcellona and John Keith)

- Max Frost and the Troopers (Eddie Haddad)

- Eddie Haddad and Kanyon

- The Loose Gravel Blues Band (John Keith)

- Revolver (John Keith)

- Scottie and The Tissues (Richard Barcellona and 

  John Keith)

- Sky Saxon and the Seeds (Richard Barcellona)





Genre: psych 

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  The American Revolution

Company: Flick Disc

Catalog: FLS 45,002

Year: 1968

Country/State: Hawthorne, California

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG+

Comments: small cut out hole lower left corner

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5524

Price: $30.00

Cost: $1.00


Wow, this was a weird one ... Showcasing the talents of rhythm guitarist Richard Barcellona, drummer Daniel Derda, singer/keyboardist Eddie Haddad and bassist John Keith, The American Revolution came off as an unsuccessful cross between bubblegum pop and more conventional rock. 


The band traced its roots to an earlier Los Angeles outfit known as The Band without a Name, which in turn traced part of it's heritage to the poorly named Scottie and The Tissues.  By 1966 The Band without a Name featured former Scottie and the Tissues rhythm guitarist Richard Barcellona and bass player John Keith, future Beach Boy and solo act David Marks, and singer/keyboardist Eddie Haddad.  The group found a manager in the form of dj/dance promoter Casey Kasem and found steady work playing L.A. dances and clubs.  Through Kasem and Mike Curb they were hired as house band for American International Pictures.  The suidio's original marketing plan was apparently to turn the group into an in-house version of The Monkees, but their film legacy was limited to a couple of cameo appearances in AIP biker flicks and having a couple of songs included on the accompanying soundtrack LPs (Thunder Alley (as The Band with No Name), Born Wild (?), The Glory Stompers, and Wild In the Streets).


Signed by MGM's short-lived Flick Disc subsidiary, the band's 1968 debut "The American Revolution" found them working with three separate producers (the team of Michael Lloyd and Mike Curb, Harley Hatcher (who contributed several tracks and was also a Mike Curb associate), and Larry Brown).  As was common at the time, much to the band's irritation most of the tracks were recorded by studio musicians - in this case the Wrecking Crew (drummer Hal Blaine, guitarist James Burton, bassist Carol Kaye, and keyboardist Larry Knechtel).  Adding to the band's frustrations, most of their original material was passed over in favor of outside tracks suggested by the producers.  Only four of the ten tracks were group compositions with Hatcher responsible for three tracks, including the hideous 'Prelude To Love' (notable for one of the lamest guitar solos you'll ever hear) and the equally bad 'Come On and Get It'.  With such a disjointed 'birth', it was probably to be expected that the resulting album was all over the musical spectrum, including haphazard stabs at Rascals-styled blue-eyed soul ('Come On and Get It'), seriously bad Mersybeat knockoffs ('Rainbow In the Rain' sported what had to be the worst mock English accents I've ever heard'), Beatles-styled psych (the hysterically Sgt. Pepper knockoffs 'In the Late Afternoon' and 'Opus #1') and even Buckinghams-styled horn rock ('Love Has Got Me Down'). All four principles sang, but with the exception of King who was limited to lead vocals on the Lloyd-penned 'Cold Wisconsin Nights', none of them were particularly impressive singers (be sure to check-out their attempt at close-knit harmonies on 'Crying Eyes and an Empty Heart').  In spite of the slightly off key vocal harmonies, given it actually rocker, that may have been the album's stand out performance.  Combined with the the fact they were given some horrible outside material to cover and you were left with an album that was pretty disappointing.  (Give them an extra star for the retro-cool album cover.)  FlickDisc also tapped the LP for a single:



- 'Come On and Get It' b/w 'Cold Wisconsin Nights' (Flick Disc catalog number F 902)

"The American Revolution" track listing:
(side 1)
1.) Cold Wisconsin Nights    (Michael Lloyd)- 1:57

2.) Rainbow In the Rain   (August) - 2:23

3.) Prelude To Love   (Harley Hatcher) - 2:40

4.) Show Me How To Cry   (John Keith) - 2:27

5.) Crying Eyes and an Empty Heart    (Richard Barcellona - John Keith) - 2:55


(side 2)
1.) Come On and Get It   (Harley Hatcher) - 2:52

2.) In the Late Afternoon  (Richard Barcellona - John Keith) - 1:48

3.) Keeping Your Love   (Harley Hatcher - 2:21

4.) Opus # 1  (Richard Barcellona - John Keith) - 2:43

5.) Love Has Got Me Down   (Harley Hatcher - 2:27

The band undertook an extended national tour in support of the LP, but it failed to chart.  Following the tour Barcellona and drummer Dave Novorgoski (who'd previously replaced Daniel Derda) were fired for violating the morals clauses in their contract.   Keith subsequently quit reuniting with Barcelona and Novorgoski in The Edge (see separate entry).


Haddad recruited a new American Revolution lineup, but the project quickly collapsed.  He then turned his attention to Max Frost and the Troopers.


Keith eventually moved to Central California and went to work for the US Postal Service but remained active in music recording with The Loose Gravel Blues Band and the Beatles tribute group Revolver.  He's also releasing a series of solo LPs and has a small website at:



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