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Little Girl [The Syndicate of Sound]
The Syndicate of Sound
1. Big Boss Man
2. Almost Grown
3. So Alone
4. Dream Baby
6. Little Girl
7. That Kind of Man
8. I'm Alive
10. Lookin' for the Good Times
11. Witch, The
12. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
13. Upper Hand, The
14. Mary - (mono)
15. Keep It Up - (mono)
16. Good Time Music - (mono)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6120
Leo De Gar Kulka
This 1997 reissue of LITTLE GIRL includes four tracks that weren't on the original LP: "The Upper Hand," "Mary," "Keep It Up" and "Good Time Music."
Syndicate Of Sound: Don Baskin (vocals); Jim Sawyers (guitar); John Sharkey (guitar, organ); Bob Gonzalez (bass); John Duckworth (drums).
Reissue producers: Bob Irwin, Jud Cost.
Recorded at Golden State Recorders, San Francisco, California in 1966. Originally released on Bell (6001). Includes original release liner notes by "Chuck" Patti and new liner notes by Jud Cost.
Tracks 1-13 are stereo. Tracks 14-16 are mono.
Personnel: John Sharkey (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, vibraphone); Jim Sawyers (vocals, guitar); Don Baskin (vocals, flute, saxophone); John Duckworth (vocals, drums); Larry Ray (12-string guitar).
Liner Note Authors: Chuck Patti; Jud Cost.
Recording information: 1997.
Arranger: John Sharkey.
The teen-band pride of San Jose, CA, the Syndicate of Sound scaled the heights of the rock & roll world for a very brief moment in the summer of 1966 with their Top Ten hit "Little Girl." With a catchy, jangly electric 12-string riff, a solid beat, a macho teen vocal, and a chord progression heavily influenced by "Hey Joe," the tune perfectly mirrored the sound of the times and was a can't-miss hit, a British sound played with American garage enthusiasm. But their success ride was short; within a year or two, their ranks were decimated from the draft, touring exhaustion, and the musically changing times. This reissue serves as their lasting legacy, combining the original 12-song album with four bonus tracks. Kicking off with a pair of souped-up R&B covers, the album casts a pretty wide net, with half of the tunes penned by various bandmembers. Of these, ballads sit alongside rockers like "Lookin' for the Good Times (The Robot)" and "Rumors" (complete with Yardbirds-style fuzz guitar rave-up in the middle), while the Kinks-style "That Kind of Man" is an imaginative British-sound knockoff. The outside material, however, is where the band shows their true chameleon-like strength. Covers of the Hollies' "I'm Alive," Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" (via Buster Brown's version), the Sonics' "The Witch," and Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby" show a band that could either play a song "just like the record" or bring their own twist to the proceedings. The four CD bonus tracks likewise demonstrate that the group had no shortage of original material, but unfortunately nothing compiled here has the hit sound of "Little Girl," an easy explanation as to why the group ended up with one-hit wonder status. ~ Cub Koda
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