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misc.: compil. '66/'67
Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
Hailing from Westminster and Tustin, California, this psychedelic punk band were formed early in 1966 and played around the LA area, at clubs such as Gazzari's and USO clubs. An acetate Readin' Your Will / Everynight cut in the Summer of '66 got them a deal with Accent, who released two awesome acid-punk singles in the shape of Love At Psychedelic Velocity and Optical Sound. Both singles were mixed by Wally Heider who also worked for the Grateful Dead, and are now extremely sought-after and impossibly hard to find.
After Optical Sound proved too far-out for the Charts, the bands manager offered them the opportunity to record two tracks by what he described as "an up-and coming songwriter". The first demo Sweet Child Of Nothingness would become their third single, and the other track was turned down because Jim Quarles' didn't think lyrics like "Get your motor running / Head out on the highway" were much cop. The song was of course Mars Bonfire's Born To Be Wild which Steppenwolf would later cover!!
By the time the Sweet Child Of Nothingness / I Don't Need Nobody single was recorded, both Jim Quarles and Martin Eshleman's had left the band.
Better still is the Collectables CD release Love At Psychedelic Velocity, which compiles all the bands singles, plus demo's and four post-Human Expression solo tracks cut by Jim Quarles. The CD also includes excellent liner notes, from which this entry has largely been taken, and is recommended to fans of the band. You can also check out one of the unreleased cuts Who Is Burning? on the Psychedelic Crown Jewels, Vol. 1 CD, whilst a later Collectables CD, The Human Expression & Other Psychedelic Groups: Your Mind Works In Reverse includes the previously unreleased demo Your Mind Works In Reverse, Calm Me Down and Optical Sound all restored from the masters by Jim Quarles himself.
Jim Quarles is still active in the music business, working in a studio as a technical engineer, and writing and recording songs.
Everynight (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster) – Demo Recording
Readin' Your Will (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster) – Demo Recording
Everynight (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster)
Love at Psychedelic Velocity (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster)
Calm Me Down (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster) – Demo Recording
Optical Sound (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster) – Demo Recording
Calm Me Down (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster)
Optical Sound (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster)
I Don't Need Anybody (Jim Quarles/Jim Foster)
Sweet Child of Nothingness (Mars Bonfire)
Outside of It All , by Jim Quarles
Following Me , by Jim Quarles
Who Is Burning? , by Jim Quarles
You Need Lovin' Too , by Jim Quarles
Jim Quarles, lead vocals
Jim Foster, rhythm guitar
Tom Hamilton, bass guitar
Armand Poulin, drums
Martin Eshleman, lead guitar
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