Chaparrals, The


Band members               Related acts

- Rick Abel - vocals, drums (1966-68)

- Jerry Bastas - keyboards, bass (1966-68)

- Brent Berwager - trumpet (1966-68)

- Jim Hoffman - cornet (1966-68)

- Allen Knapp (RIP 1967) - drums (1966-68)

- Jack Kroh - vocals (1966-68)

- John Roberts - rhythm guitar (1966-68)

- Kent Rehrbach - vocals (1966-68)

- Sonny Singer - vocals, lead guitar (1966-68)

- Mel Weaver - bass, keyboards, sax (1966-68)


 

 

- none known

 

 

 


 

Genre: garage

Rating: **** (4 tracks)

Title:  Times To Remember

Company: DB

Catalog: No 21768

Year: 1968

Country/State: Glen Rock, Pennsylvania

Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+

Comments: mono pressing

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 

Price: $310.00

 

Well here's the little bit of biographical info we've been able to come up with ...  

 

Hailing from central Pennsylvania (most of the members were from Glen Rock), the band was formed in 1966 by drummer Allen Knapp. Recruiting a bunch of high school friends, they started out doing popular covers at parties and local dances. Knapp died the following year and was replaced by Rick Abel.  

 

Signed by the small, local DB label (and pressed in miniscule quantities), 1968 saw the band release "Times To Remember".  Musically the set's a stereotyped slice of garage rock, propelled more by sheer enthusiasm than talent.  Blown notes, rough tempos and strained vocals ("Stag-O-Lee"), abound.  That said, to our ears the LPs interesting on two counts.  The album's surprisingly accomplished given the lowtech production and the band's relative youth (trumpeter Brent Berwager was  only 13, while singer Jack Kroh and rhythm guitarist John Roberts were the elder statesmen at 18).  The other surprise is the band's musical repertoire.  Sure, cover bands weren't exactly rare in the mid-60s', but these guys concentrated on soul covers.  Not what you'd expect from a Pennsylvania-based outfit.  They also had great tastes, taking on material by George Clinton, Eddie Floyd and Otis Redding.  In case anyone's interested, there are two originals.  The leadoff soul instrumental was penned by bassist Mel Weaver.  The closer doomy "Empty" was written by former member Kent Rehrbach and is unlike anything else on the LP.

 

"Times To Remember" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Intro (instrumental)   (Mel Weaver) - 

2.) Sweet Soul  (Arthur Conley - Otis Redding) - 

3.) Heat Wave (instrumental)  (Lamont Dozier - Brian Holland) - 

4.) Stag-O-Lee   (Logon - Lloyd Price) - 

5.) Hold On   (Isaac Hayes - Dave Porter) - 

 

(side 2)

1.) My Girl   (Smokey Robinson - White) - 

2.) Testify   (Taylor - George Clinton) - 

3.) Watermelon Man (instrumental)    (Herbie Hancock) - 

4.) Knock On Wood  (Eddie Floyd - Steve Cropper) - 

5.) Midnight Hour  (Eddie Floyd - Steve Cropper) - 

6.) Empty   (Rehrbach) - 

 

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