BARDS, The

Homebase: Moses Lake, WA
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Misc Notes: Mike Balzotti (keyboards); Mardig Sheridan (guitar); Chuck Warren (bass); Bob Galloway (drums). Also see later recordings credited to: MOSES LAKE.

"THE BARDS' BRITISH INVASION DAYS Of 1966"
by Peter Blecha

THIS IS THE STRANGE TALE of a Northwest rock 'n' roll 45 whose path to success – including being issued on a mysteriously labeled disc – was perhaps like no other. It was in 1964 – amidst the exciting British Invasion (as spearheaded by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, et al) – that a Moses Lake, Washington-based combo, the Fabulous Continentals, joined scores of other American groups who enthusiastically adopted the various trappings of the limey groups in an effort to jump aboard the Anglophilic bandwagon.[Read more...]

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National release of Piccadilly #224

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[HEAR IT HERE] "The Owl.........."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9XD7vSllq4

Known Label Designs: 
1.) A - B promotional copy. Yellow background with black numerals, letters and logo.
To left of spindle hole words PROMOTION RECORD  with star above. To left of spindle hole words NOT FOR SALE

"The Owl & The Pussycat Album Reissues:
See Piccadilly #224.

"Light Of Love" Album Reissues:
See Piccadilly #224

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: Sheridan - Balzotti
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: Sheridan  - Balzotti
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Dist. by JERDEN MUSIC, INC.

1966. Northwest release. Both songs then "shopped" outside the region on a plain white label  (#2148) before being officially issued nationally on  Capitol Records (#2148).  "Light of Love" was again used as Side B of Piccadilly 45 rpm #242.

"The Owl & The Pussycat" lp reissues:
1) 1966.  Side Two, Track #2 on compilation lp Battle Of The Bands (Panorama LP-103)

2) 1978.  Side One, Track #7 on compilation lp The History Of Northwest Rock Volume II (The Great Northwest Music Company GNW 4008)

3) 1980. Side one, Track #2 on lp The Bards (Piccadilly #3419)

4) 1982. Side One, Track #5 on compilation lp The History Of Northwest Rock Volume IV (The Great Northwest Music Co., GNW - 4010)

"Light Of Love"  lp reissues:
1) 1980.  Side one, track #3  on lp The Bards (Piccadilly #3419)

2) 2002. Side 2, Track #6 on compilation lp Flash And Crash (Beat Rocket Records, Ltd. BR - 128)

A-SIDE MATRIX:  PAN -1088
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^62959  (Aug. - Sep. 1966)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Sheridan - Balzotti
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music Co. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: PAN - 1089
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^62959 - X (Aug. - Sep. 1966)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Sheridan - Balzotti
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette  Music Co. (BMI)

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MISC NOTES: The Bards had already scored a few regional radio hits for Seattle's Jerry Dennon, when he approached Capitol Records seeking a big-time deal for them. Capitol liked the song "Owl" but was worried about the naughty double entendre of the title/lyrics. They cut a deal: Capitol would issue it on an anonymous plain white label and if the song got any traction with radio stations they would reconsider and issue it formally as a Capitol release.  Well, radio balked and the project collapsed. Even so, the two songs were issued on the  Capitol label. See #2148.

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National "feeler" release of  both songs which had previously issued in the Northwest as Piccadilly (#224). Plain white label with black ink. No record company noted, but numbered as 2148. Officially issued thereafter as Capitol #2148.

A-SIDE MATRIX:
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^76590
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Sheridan-Balzotti
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music Co. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX:
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^76590-X
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Sheridan-Balzotti
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music Co. (BMI)

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Cardboard picture sleeve with band member facial photos

[HEAR IT HERE] "Never Too Much......"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dacZ9uY1AAU

"Never Too Much Love" album reissues:
1) 1976. Compilation lp The History Of Northwest Rock Volume 1, Side Two Track #5 (The Great Northwest Music Company GNW 4003)

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A-SIDE MATRIX: PIC - 14 (wax); 45 - PIC - 14 (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^68061  (ca. Sep./Oct., 1967)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: C. Mayfield
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Custom Pub. Co. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX:  PAN - 1089 (wax); 45 - PIC/PAN - 1089 (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^62959  - X (Aug., 1966)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Sheridan - Balzotti
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette lMusic (BMI)

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SIZE:7"
SPEED:45  rpm
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Dist. by JERDEN MUSIC, INC.

"My Generation"  album reissues:
1.) 1968. Battle Of The Bands Volume 2 Side One, Track #7 (Panorama LP-108)

2) 1981. The History Of Northwest Rock Volume III Side A, Track #7 (The Great Northwest Music Co.  GNW - 4009)

3.) 1981. The Bards (Piccadilly 3419)

4.) 2000. Side One, Track #6 on compilation lp  Knock You Flat "The Northwest Battle Of The Bands Volume 2 (Beat Rocket Records BR 129)

A-SIDE MATRIX: PAN - 1113 (wax); 45 - PIC - PAN - 1113 (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^65340 (Feb., 1967)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: (none listed)
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: PAN - 1114 (wax); 45 - PIC - PAN - 1114 (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^65340 - X (Feb., 1967)
B-SIDE COMPOSER:Sheridan - Ballzotti
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music Co. (BMI)

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National release of  "Never Too Much Love" (Piccadilly 242) and "The Jabberwocky" (Piccadilly #232)

"Never Too Much Love" album reissues:
1) Compilation lp The History Of Northwest Rock Volume 1 Side Two Track #5 The Great Northwest Music Co., GNW 4003, 1976

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[HEAR IT HERE] "Never Too Much........"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isRiqpz8CsA

[HEAR IT HERE] "Jabberwocky"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRfLCCjGdJA


Known label variations:
1.) A - B promotional disc Yellow label with black numerals, letters and logo. To left of spindle hole words PROMOTIOINAL RECORD. To right of spindle hole words NOT FOR SALE

2. A - B retail disc. Yellow and orange "swirl pattern" with black numerals, letters and logo.

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A-SIDE COMPOSER:Curtis Mayfield
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B-Side Composer: Sheridan - Balzotti

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National release of Jerden #

"Tunesmith" album reissues:
1) Compilation lp The History Of Northwest Rock Volume 1 Side Two, Track #7 The Great Northwest Music Co., GNW 4003, 1976

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[HEAR IT HERE] "Goodtime Charlie's........"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9XD7vSllq4

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A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
A-SIDE COMPOSER:Jim Webb
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B-SIDE COMPOSER:Danny O'Keefe
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1.) 1968 (?). Some plain white label test pressing discs were issued with following information hand written:

[A side] BARDS Jerden 907 "Tunesmith" (Jim Webb) (Order) Consolidated 1000 lst Ave. S. Seattle, WA  AT - 2 - 3433 Box 9170 Seattle, WN 98109  3:00 [X - tra] sticker

[B side] BARDS Goodtime Charlie

2.) 1969. 3 7/8",  33 1/3 rpm flexible black  plastic POCKET DISC of Tunesmith (JD - 274) b/w Goodtime Charlie's Got The Blues (JD - 275) issued by AMERICOM (JERDEN M - 238)

"Tunesmith" album reissues:
1)1976. Compilation lp The History Of Northwest Rock Volume 1, Side Two, Track #7 The Great Northwest Music Co., GNW 4003

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A-SIDE MATRIX: JD - 274 (wax); 45 - JD - 274 (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^74453 (ca, January/February, 1969)
A-SIDE COMPOSER:Jim Webb
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Johnny Rivers Music (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: JD - 275 (wax); 45 - JD - 275 (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^74453 - X (ca. January/February, 1969)
B-SIDE COMPOSER:Danny O'Keefe
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music Co. (BMI)

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
DISC NOTES: Featuring Bob Galloway

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: J. While
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B-SIDE COMPOSER:N. Tanega - N. Kutzar
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MISC NOTES: Released summer, l971

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: A. Aldrich - W. Thomas
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: C. Covert
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1.) A - B retail disc. Beige/tan label background. Brown numerals and lettering

A blank white label test pressing of this disc has also been found

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: Cordell Corbet
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: Corbet - Galloway
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Side One
1. My Generation (Townsend)
2. The Owl And The Pussycat (Balzotti - Sheridan)
3. Light Of Love (Balzotti - Sheridan)
4. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Webb)
5. Never Too Much Love

Side TWo
1. The Jabberwocky (Balzotti - Sheridan)
2. I Kissed Her Feet (Balzotti - Sheridan)
3. Goodtime Charlie's Got The Blues (O'Keefe)
4. Be Happy
5. Tunesmith

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SIZE: 12"
SPEED: 33 1/3 rpm
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A-SIDE MATRIX: PIC-3419-A

B-SIDE MATRIX: PIC-3419-B

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RECORDING ENGINEER: Original producers: Curt Boetcher & Keith Olson; Mastered by Paul Speer (at Rainstorm Studios, Seattle0.

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1.) Rainy Days I Had With You
2.) Laredo
3.) Oobleck
4.) Moses
5.) Reluctantly and Slow
6.) The Creation
7.) Hollow Men

 

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Cataloged on Panorama but never released on this label. See instead:  Piccadilly #224, et. al.

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MISC NOTES: Catalogued on Panorama, but never released. See instead Piccadilly #232.

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