Art of Lovin', The

Band members               Related acts

- Paul Applebaum -- vocals, guitar (1967-68)
- Johnny Lank -- bass (1967-68)
- Barry Tatelman -- sax (1967-68)
- Gail Winnick -- vocals (1967-68)
- Sandy Winslow (RIP 2002) -- drums, percussion (1967-68)




- none known



Genre: psych

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  The Art of Lovin'

Company: Mainstream

Catalog: S/6113

Year: 1968

Country/State: Massachusetts

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: DJ stamp on back cover

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4239

Price: $300.00

Cost: $100.00


In an effort to compete with the success RCA Victor and other labels were having with San Francisco based bands, the mid-1960s found Mike Curb and MGM Records signing virtually every New England band they could lay their hands on. In their efforts to market the Bosstown Sound, Curb and company somehow managed to miss one of Massachusetts more talented outfits - The Art of Lovin'. 

Built around the talents of singer/guitarist Paul Applebaum, bassist Johnny Lank, sax player Barry Tatelman, vocalist Gail Winnick and drummer Sandy Winslow, 1968 saw the band signed by the small Detroit-based Mainstream Records. Released later in the year, "The Art of Lovin'" made for one of the year's more interesting debuts. Curiously, for years I'd read reviews that labeled this album as being folk-rock oriented. It's not. That said, the first time I spun the collection I was left with the nagging feeling I'd heard it somewhere before. The second time around, the comparison instantly dawned us. Powered by Applebaum's pseudo-psychedelic material and Winslow's crystalline voice, stylistically tracks such as 'What the Young Mind Says', the rocker 'Take a Ride' and 'Good Times' bore more than a passing resemblance to early Jefferson Airplane. Imagine the Airplane having elected to abandon some of their more strident moves in favor of a slightly more commercial orientation and you'll get a good feel for the LP. At the other end of the spectrum, harmony rich tracks such as 'Daily Prayer' sounded like The Mamas and the Papas having abandoned their chirpy top-40 orientation. Simultaneously catchy and quite commercial, it's easy to see why this album is valued so highly by collectors. The funny thing is that it gets better each time I go back and listen to it.

"The Art of Lovin'" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Paul's Circus   (Paul Applebaum) - 
2.) What the Young Mind Says   (Paul Applebaum) - 
3.) Take a Ride   (Paul Applebaum) - 
4.) Good Times   (Paul Applebaum) - 
5.) Daily Prayer   (Paul Applebaum) - 

(side 2)

1.) The First Time   (Paul Applebaum) - 
2.) And I Have Seen Them All   (Paul Applebaum) - 
3.) You'll Walk Away   (Gail Winnick - Paul Applebaum) - 
4.) (How Can We) Hang On To a Dream   (Tim Hardin) - 
5.) State of Mind   (Paul Applebaum) - 

There's also a non-LP 1968 single 'You've Got the Power' b/w 'Good Times' (Mainstream catalog number 687).


Shortly after the album was released Winslow suffered a schizophrenic episode that left him in and out of care for the next 30 years.  In spite of his fragile mental health, he managed to attract national attention through his scratchboard art.  Sadly, in October 2002 he died after a brief bout with cancer.  I found a short, but touching on-line tribute to Wilson at:

Through the magic of the internet I also got a brief note from Paul Applebaum:


I had to laugh, someone finally liked my music!  I thought the album was dead and buried.  Nice to know that it is being kept alive.  Is there anyway that I can get copies of past critiques, articles, etc. about the band that were mentioned in the review.


Thanks again,

Paul Applebaum

June 2007



Paul Applebaum was also kind of enough to share a little more about the band:

We were a bunch of kids who loved creating music in a time that was ripe for psychedelic pop.  We spent most of our time working on the tunes in the bass player's basement.   A tape was sent to Mainstream records through a friend and we got signed, much to our surprise.  A month later we were in NY recording. The entire album took 20 hours to record at A&R Studios.  It was a fantastic experience.  We had a ball doing the "rock star" thing, well, at least in our heads.

I guess we were one of the projects that Mainstream was hoping to sell off if our music could show some limited success, as they had done with Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Amboy Dukes.  Unfortunately, the album didn't do that well, although Billboard red-starred us, and described us as a cross between the Mamas and Papas and Jefferson Airplane.  Quite a compliment, and totally unexpected.

We didn't play out too much. We opened for Mountain once at a club in Boston, and otherwise did a few local gigs.  We disbanded shortly after the LP came out.  Most of the members headed off to college, and felt that the band was an enjoyable endeavor, but not so much of a commitment that they would put off a college education, etc.

It was a great experience, and I admit that I am still amazed that the album generates interest, 40 years later.

Paul Applebaum

November 2007