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From Lynn, just north of Boston, Flat Earth Society were notable for their crispy, clear vocal sound. In early 1968 they were approached by the Boston advertising firm Quinn and Johnson to make an album and a jingle for the manufacturer of the 'Waleeco' candy bar - the F. B. Washburn Candy Company. That year every 'Waleeco' bar carried a coupon advertising the Flat Earth's Society's album Waleeco for $1.50 and six 'Waleeco' bar wrappers.
Recorded at Fleetwood Recording Studio in Revere, most of the material was written by Kerivan, the only non-original being a slow melodic version of Midnight Hour. The sound of their only album was notable for their crispy, clear vocal sound. Their most famus number "Feel'n much better" was included on this album. The album covers quite a wide rock spectrum with goodtime (I'm So Happy), folk (When You're There and The Prelude For Town Monk), hard rock (Four & Twenty Miles and Shadows), as well as psychedelia, but each track has the band's own style about it. Aside from Feelin' Much Better, the best tracks are arguably on the second side of the album. Dark Street Downtown has some haunting vocals superimposed upon swirling piano. Portrait In Grey is a haunting piano-oriented instrumental and Satori, a very strange psychedelic instrumental. The reissue is worth purchasing, although it's probably imprudent to fork out for the original should you come across a copy.
The band made a few appearances after making the album but broke up soon after.
In 1974, Fleetwood disposed of the remaining boxes of the album into the dumpster but luckily the mastertapes survived to be revived by Arf Arf who reissued the album in 1993 on CD in the original stereo mix (the vinyl originals had been mixed down to mono).
Paul Carter was active in the Boston music scene until the late '80s, Phil Dubuque later moved to England for a while but is now back in Boston, and Jack Kerivan became senior director of professional services at NEC. One member was also later in Copperfield. ~ (Vernon Joynson / Max Waller / Lloyd Peasley)
01. Feelin' Much Better 2:32
02. Midnight Hour 3:43
03. I'm So Happy 2:03
04. When You're There 1:44
05. Four And Twenty Miles 2:01
06. Prelude For The Town Monk 3:17
07. Shadows 2:00
08. Dark Street Downtown 3:51
09. Portrait In Grey 5:12
10. In My Window 2:17
11. Satori 3:36
PAUL CARTER bs, vcls
RICK DOYLE ld gtr, vcls
PHIL DUBUQUE gtr, vcls, recorder
CURT GIRARD drms
JACK KERIVAN keyb'ds, vcls
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