The original version of today’s song is one of my favorites from the Beatles. I know you will enjoy the song but you may enjoy the rare video footage of the Beatles even more.
The cover version of this song is a rarity itself. The song is an instrumental by a band called Hour Glass and I would be willing to bet that many of you of have never heard of them. The band was formed in LA in 1967 and were contemporaries of many of the bands we have been discussing in our California Sound posts (Hour Glass opened for Buffalo Springfield and Neil Young wrote the Liner notes for their second album). The gentleman playing the electric sitar on this cover song ended up being a decent guitarist. See what you think about his sitar chops and then we will talk more.
I think the picture on the video has probably spoiled the surprise, the Hour Glass guitarist, and sometimes sitarist, was Duane Allman….Guitar God for the Allman Brothers and Derek and the Dominos. By the way, his kid brother Greg was the keyboard player and vocalist for the Hour Glass. Let’s listen to another Hour Glass song, this one with vocals, so you see how Greg sounded while still developing his vocal and songwriting prowess.
While this piece of 1960s psychedelic music is a far cry from what was to come with the Allman Brothers, if you listen close you can just sense that these guys are headed for far bigger things.
Speaking of the far bigger things to come, I have a question for you. Do you like/are you interested in US Southern Rock (Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard, Marshall Tucker, Outlaws, etc.)? I am thinking about writing about it in a couple of months once we finish the California Sound posts. Let me know what you think.