Dylan described his reaction to hearing Hendrix’s version of his song: “It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day.”
— “Interview with Dylan: 09/29/95”. Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
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.
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 Continue reading
A Jimi Hendrix cover, released on the limited edition UK CD single of “Cornflake Girl” in 1994. To date it is one of the few Amos recordings that has not been re-released in a collection or boxed set, or made available digitally — which is a shame, because it’s one of my favourite things she’s done.
From Electric Ladyland (Reprise Records, 1968).
Bizarre clip from semi-psychedelic girl group The Cake performing “You Can Have Him”. The catatonic chick in green is Jeanette Jacobs (1950-1980). The other two members are Chelsea Lee & Barbara Morillo. The Cake wrote their own songs, and recorded two albums: The Cake (Decca, 1967), and A Slice Of Cake (Decca, 1968), which were re-released as a collection on CD in 2007 by RevOla. Read about the group’s crazy history in the liner notes for the remastered collection, More of The Cake, Please, published over at Dangerous Minds.