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- John Gaborit - lead guitar (1967-69)
- Lee Graham - bass, flute, vocals (1967-69)
- Rod Pilloud - drums (1967-69)
- Dick Powell - harmonica, keyboards, vocals (1967-69)
- Ted Shreffler - keyboards (1967-69)



- none known





Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Love Cycle

Company: Command

Catalog: RS 925 SD

Year: 1968

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve; small drill hole top right corner

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 

Price: $80.00


Until we stumbled across a copy of Don Rogers' Dance Halls Armories and Teen Fairs, we didn't even know this outfit (lead guitarist John Gaborit, multi-instrumentalist Lee Graham, drummer Rod Pilloud, singer Dick Powell and keyboardist Ted Shreffler) were from Seattle.  For some reason we were under the impression  they were a San Francisco-based outfit.

Following a series of obscure singles for Northwestern labels such as Merrilyn,  Piccadilly, and Jerden, 1968 found the band signed to the ABC affiliated Command label.  Teamed with producers Loren Backer, Robert Byrne and Peter Katmins, in terms of musical genres, "Love Cycle" stands as another one of those mid-60s' albums that's been labeled "psych" and slapped with a correspondingly high asking price.  Unlike some of the competition, beyond the suitably mod cover art, this one actually has some psych touches - check out the trippy "Crystal" and the side long title track.  That's not to claim it's a counterculture masterpiece.  Largely penned by Graham. material such as the lead off rocker "Take It Like a Man" and the pretty ballad "You Made a Change In Me", side one featured a series of five shorter numbers that were surprisingly commercial in nature.  This is actually one of those album's that gets better with repeated listenings.  The only true miscue was Shreffler's goofy "Woman Woman". (The album was originally released with a gatefold sleeve.)



"Love Cycle" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Take It Like a Man   (Lee Graham) - 3:34

2.) You Made A Change In Me   ( Lee Graham) -5:29

3.) Crystals   ( Lee Graham) -3:00

4.) Never Come Down   ( Lee Graham) -3:45

5.) Woman Woman   ( Ted Shreffler) - 1:47


(side 2)

1.) Love Cycle   (Ted Shreffler) - 17:30