rainy day – rainy day (full album, 1984)

The Paisley Underground scene of L.A. bands of the 1980s — of which David Roback’s bands Rain Parade, Clay Allison, Opal, and Mazzy Star were a part — was in part inspired by 1960s rock/psychedelia. This Rainy Day album was David’s project. It contains covers of nine of his favourite songs from the 1960s, and one from the 1970s (“Holocaust”). He enlisted musicians and singers from a variety of Paisley Underground bands to collaborate on the album.

Tracklisting
A1 – “I’ll Keep It With Mine” (Bob Dylan)
Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals – David Roback; Violin – Will Glenn; Bass – Michael Quercio; Lead Vocals – Susanna Hoffs
A2 – “John Riley” (B. Gibson, R. Neff. A folk song covered by The Byrds in 1966)
Drums – Dennis Duck; Guitar [Acoustic 12-string] – Matthew Piucci; Guitar [Electric 12-string], Vocals – David Roback; Violin, Vocals – Will Glenn; Lead Vocals, Bass – Michael Quercio
A3 – “Flying On The Ground Is Wrong” (Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield)
Guitar – David Roback; Lead and Background Vocals – Kendra Smith; Background Vocals – Susanna Hoffs
A4 – “Sloop John B.” (Traditional. The Beach Boys had a 1966 hit with their arrangement)
Drums – Dennis Duck; Guitar, Congas – David Roback; Keyboards – Ethan James; Lead Vocals, Bass, Percussion – Michael Quercio
A5 – Soon Be Home (Pete Townshend/The Who)
Bass, Drums – Michael Quercio; Tambourine – “Spock”; Background Vocals – Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson; Lead Vocals, Guitar – David Roback
B1 – “Holocaust” (Alex Chilton/Big Star)
Cello, Violin – Will Glenn; Guitar – David Roback; Piano – Steven Roback; Piano [Backwards] – Ethan James; Vocals – Kendra Smith
B2 – “On The Way Home” (Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield)
Vocals, Guitar – David Roback
B3 – “I’ll Be Your Mirror” (Lou Reed/Velvet Underground)
Guitar, Bass, Tambourine – David Roback; Lead and Background Vocals – Kendra Smith; Lead Vocals, Guitar – Susanna Hoffs
B4 – “Rainy Day, Dream Away” (Jimi Hendrix)
Bass, Keyboards – Ethan James; Drums – Dennis Duck; Guitar – Karl Precoda; Congas – David Roback; Lead Vocals – Michael Quercio

Artwork – Kendra Smith; Engineer – Ethan James; Mastered by Eddy Schreyer; Producer – David Roback

Bands that musicians were from:
Susanna Hoffs; Vicki Peterson: THE BANGLES
Michael Quercio: THE 3 O’CLOCK
Kendra Smith; Dennis Duck; Karl Precoda: THE DREAM SYNDICATE
(Kendra also sang with David in his band project Clay Allison, later nknown as Opal)
David Roback; Steven Roback; Matt Piucci; Will Glenn: RAIN PARADE
Ethan James: Had been a musician in 1960s group BLUE CHEER, but by the 1980s, the time of the Paisley Underground scene, he owned LA’s Radio Tokyo Studios and engineered bands there, including Rainy Day, Rain Parade, The Bangles and The Minutemen.

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