|1968||THE HELLO PEOPLE ‘FUSION’||LP (PHILLIPS 80027 - PHS 600-276 STEREO) TRANSFER WARREN||45:00|
Track List:WHITE WINGED DOVES.ANTHEM.JELLY JAM.IF I SHOULD SING TO SOFTLY.HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE FREE.PRAY FOR RAIN.A DREAM OF TOMORROW.EVERYTHING’S BETTER.COME AND SEE ME.I RIDE TO NOWHERE.
Note:The original Hello People were W. S. “Sonny” Tongue – vocal, guitar (stage name “Country”) Greg Geddes – bass, vocal (stage name “Smoothie”) Bobby Sedita – guitar, vocal (stage name “Goodfellow”) Larry Tassi – keyboards, vocal (stage name “Much More”) Michael Sagarese – flute (stage name “Wry One”) Ronnie Blake – drums (stage name “Thump Thump”). Actually, the story goes, Sonny Tongue had recently gotten out of a 'prison stay' (for draft evasion) to join/co-found the group! And you'll notice some familiar other names here that have had many collaborations with Todd for recordings and concert performances. In this Pre-Todd involvement era , 'The Hello People' (in all there 'mime' makeup glory) headlined the Café Wha? frequently in Greenwich Village, which is where Moogy (and then Todd) used to go to listen to upcoming musicicans. I remember seeing them on the Smothers Brothers Show! Ya'll know the rest of the history. “If I Should Sing Too Softly” is catchy, but very poppy, Harpers Bizarre-like fluff. “How Does It Feel to be Free” benefits from a kick-ass hook. “Pray for Rain” is a quirky song with a sort of jug-band feel — I like it. “A Dream of Tomorrow” is interesting but lugubrious. “Everything’s Better” is the one real skip-over for me… it’s kind of along the lines of “Pray for Rain” but really doesn’t work. “Come and See Me” and “I Ride to Nowhere” are poppy again, OK but not too distinctive. How ‘bout a little Hippie Music!?~ Warren
|11/1968||NAZZ ‘FUNGO BAT’ ACETATES||DIGITALIZED BY FRANK BUBNICK||N/A|
|Track List:ALBUM ONE: FORGET ALL ABOUT IT. ONLY ONE WINNER (TODD VOCALS). MAGIC ME. GONNA CRY TODAY. MERIDIAN LEEWARD. UNDER THE ICE. SOME PEOPLE. RAIN RIDER. RESOLUTION (TODD VOCALS). OLD TIME LOVEMAKING. FEATHERBEDDING LOVER. TAKE THE HAND (TODD VOCALS).
HOW CAN YOU CALL THAT BEAUTIFUL (TODD VOCALS). ALBUM TWO: LOOSEN UP. SING A SONG. GOOD LOVIN WOMAN. SING A SONG REPRISE. ITS NOT THAT EASY (TODD VOCALS). PLENTY OF LOVIN.
LETTERS DONT COUNT. KIDDIE BOY. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. HANG ON PAUL. NOT WRONG LONG.
YOU ARE MY WINDOW (TODD VOCALS). A BEAUTIFUL SONG.
Note:All the die hards know this, but for those that didn't: Nazz's second album was to be a double album (as per Todd's wishes) called Fungo Bat. Recording began in Nov 1968 and completed in Spring 1969. Due to band members indifferences & management decisions, it was never released as such. Instead (and unfortunate to many and to us), Nazz Nazz (as it the decided title) was released in April 1969 as a single album with the following Tracks: Side One: 01 Forget All About It 02 Not Wrong Long 03 Rain Rider 04 Gonna Cry Today 05 Meridian Leeward 06 Under the Ice Side Two: 01 Hang On Paul 02 Kiddie Boy 03 Featherbedding Lover 04 Letters Don't Count 05 A Beautiful Song Todd had split the band in the Fall of 1969 accordingly. Much of the balance of the Fungo Bat sessions were released in May 1971 as Nazz III with the following tracks: Side One: 01 Some People 02 Only One Winner 03 Kicks (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil) 04 Resolution 05 It's Not That Easy 06 Old Time Lovemaking 07 Magic Me Side Two: 01 Loosen Up (Antoni/Mooney/Rundgren/Van Osten) 02 Take the Hand 03 How Can You Call That Beautiful 04 Plenty of Lovin' (Carson van Osten) 05 Christopher Columbus (Carson van Osten) 06 You Are My Window On five tracks (Only One Winner, Resolution, Its Not That Easy, Take The Hand, and How Can You Call That Beautiful), Stewkey's vocals are overdubbed over Todd's So for completeists, archivists and die hard collectors, here are the Fungo Bat acetates in all their rare glory. Album One: 01 Forget All About It 02 Only One Winner (Todd Vocals) 03 Magic Me 04 Gonna Cry Today 05 Meridian Leeward 06 Under The Ice 07 Some People 08 Rain Rider 09 Resolution (Todd Vocals) 10 Old Time Lovemaking 11 Featherbedding Lover 12 Take The Hand (Todd Vocals) 13 How Can You Call That Beautiful (Todd Vocals) Album Two: 01 Loosen Up 02 Sing A Song 03 Good Lovin Woman 05 Sing A Song Reprise 05 Its Not That Easy (Todd Vocals) 06 Plenty of Lovin 07 Letters Dont Count 08 Kiddie Boy 09 Christopher Columbus 10 Hang On Paul 11 Not Wrong Long 12 You Are My Window (Todd Vocals) 13 A Beautiful Song~ Warren