Slip Inside This House: MP3s from Yesterday's Obsession, the Liberty Bell and the Lavender Hour

Yesterday’s Obsession, "The Phycle"

A heavy-handed organ chugging along with soft vocals and some really interesting swirling guitars, "The Phycle" is a true psychedelic work of audible art from Houston. Released in 1966, this single 45 stands as the solitary release by yet another one of Huey P. Meaux’s mystery groups.

From the sheer quality of the song, as well as B-side "Complicated Mind," it’s hard to imagine these guys didn’t record more, or that they didn’t play in other bands as well. They most likely did, but any record of who the band members actually were seems gone with the wind or filed away a la the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

It was clear, though, that Meaux had some hope for these boys; Pacemaker was his flagship and most recognizable label. B.J. Thomas, Freddy Fender and Gloria Edwards were all regulars; even Roy Head had a couple of Pacemaker releases. Both sides were recorded at Houston’s Gold Star Studios (now Sugar Hill), the subject of Dr. Roger Wood’s next book. Maybe he can solve this psychedelic puzzle.

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Slip Inside This House: MP3s from the Great Believers, Bobby Mabe and the Outcast and the Ninth Street Bridge

[Ed. Note: This is the companion to Rocks Off's Wax Museum feature, focusing here on Houston's psychedelic and garage-rock legacy.]

The Great Believers, "Comin’ Up Fast, Part 1"

I figured we might as well start this thing off with a bang, and there could be no better Houston garage 45 for the job than the Great Believers. Undoubtedly one of the fuzziest recordings ever made, it hits like a truck. Between that warm feeling of the Cookie Monster keys and the acoustic guitar, The Great Believers sound like the big brother the Monks never had.

The name Believers may be unfamiliar, but you’ve probably heard of their singer/guitarist and keyboardist - later known to the world as the Winter Brothers. This was one of Johnny and Edgar’s very first outings in the music world; they also played together in short-lived local garage group the Black Plague. Cascade, meanwhile, was yet another of local record mogul Huey P. Meaux’s labels. How many did he own? I doubt such a question can ever be answered beyond a simple "tons."

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