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  line up 1 (1967-68)

- Paul Carter -- bass, backing vocals
- Rick Doyle -- guitar, tambourine, backing vocals
- Phil Dubuque -- vocals, rhythm guitar, recorder
- Curt Girard -- drums, percussion
- Jack Kervian -- keyboards, backing vocals 

 

 

 

- none known


 

Genre: psych

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Title:  Waleeco

Company: Fleetwood

Catalog: none

Year: 1968

Country/State: Boston, Massachusetts

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: fantastic copy

Available: 1

Catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $370.00

 

The story behind this Boston-based band's lone album is nothing short of hysterical. Showcasing the talents of bassist Paul Carter, guitarist Rick Doyle, singer Phil Dubuque, drummer Curt Girard and keyboard player Jack Kervian,the group started out performed at dances and clubs around Boston. They somehow managed to attract the attention of the Waleeco candy company which hired them to cut a commercial. The commercial led to a full-blown promotional campaign - send in proof of purchase for 6 Waleeco candy bars and $1.60 and you got their album. 

 

Waleeco candy wrapper

 



Recorded at Boston's Fleetwood studios (production was credited to Quinn and Johnson), 1968's "Waleeco" was simply great - one of those few albums that lives up to the hype surrounding it. Featuring largely original material (Kervian and Dubuque were responsible for most of the 11 tracks), the band displayed far more professionalism and versatility than one would have expected from a relatively new outfit. While the majority of the set reflected a distinctive psychedelic orientation, elsewhere the quintet showed off decent folk-rock moves ('When You Were There'), as well as a knack for conventional rock ('Four & Twenty Miles' and 'Shadows'). Still, the set's big charm lay in the band's psychedelic leanings. Highlights included the leadoff 'Feelin' Much Better', 'Prelude for the Town Monk', 'Portrait In Grey' and the freak out instrumental 'Satori' (be sure to check this one out in a dark room wearing quality headphones). Even the lone non-original, a droning jangle guitar-propelled cover of Wilson Pickett's 'Midnight Hour' was pretty cool.  

 

While the LP doesn't rake in the type of fervor you'd expect from collectors, take my word for it, this is classic mid-1960s American psych.  One of the few albums I'd give a five star rating to.

"Waleeco" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Feelin' Much Better   (Jack Kervian - Phil Dubuque) - 2:37
2.) Midnight Hour   (Wilson Pickett - Steve Cropper) - 3:38
3.) I'm So Happy   (Jack Kervian - Phil Dubuque) - 1:57
4.) When You're There   (Jack Kervian - Phil Dubuque) - 1:58
5.) Four & Twenty Miles   (Jack Kervian - Phil Dubuque) - 1:56

(side 2)

1.) Prelude for the Town Monk   (Jack Kervian) - 3:10
2.) Shadows   (Jack Kervian) - 1:54
3.) Dark Street Downtown   (Jack Kervian) - 3:45
4.) Portrait In Grey   (Jack Kervian - Phil Dubuque - Rob Doyle) - 5:05
5.) In My Window   (Jack Kervian - Rob Doyle) - 2:11

 

 


11.) Satori (instrumental) (Jack Kervian - Phil Dubuque) - 3:30

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