Friday, July 3, 2009

The Love Exchange - The Love Exchange (us 1968)

The Love Exchange - The Love Exchange (us 1968)
[+6 Bonus tracks by Sundazed]

Formed: Los Angeles, CA, United States

*Bonnie Blunt (vocals),
*Laura Hale (vocals),
*Walter Flannery (organ),
*Dan Altchuler (guitar),
*Fred Barnett (guitar),
*Jeff Barnett (drums),
*Mike Joyce (bass)

Related: Artists The Crusaders, Charity

01. Get Out of My Life Woman
02. Swallow the Sun
03. Flying High
04. Meadow Memory
05. Saturday Night Flight 505
06. Give Up on Love
07. Two-O-Tango
08. Ballad of a Sad Man
09. Nothing at All
10. Mrs. Ansel Griffith

Bonus tracks (previously unissued):
11. Boston
12. Live a Little
13. Step to the Rear
14. Get Out of My Life Woman
15. Meadow Memory
16. Swallow the Sun

The Love Exchange were a typical support-level Los Angeles band of the psychedelic era, right down to their name. Their chief claim to fame, such as it is, is their 1967 single "Swallow the Sun," a nice folk-rock-psychedelic tune that's emblematic of the time with its trippily optimistic lyrics, garage-like Mamas & the Papas female-male harmonies, and swirling organ. The record was anthologized on the Los Angeles portion of the Highs in the Mid Sixties series, and also on the folk-rock volume of the vinyl Nuggets series on Rhino in the 1980s. They also managed to put out an LP in 1968 that, in addition to featuring "Swallow the Sun," had an assortment of minor-league psych-folk-pop crossover efforts, few of them written by the band. "Swallow the Sun," incidentally, is a cover of song by the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, "Dark on You Now," with some different lyrics. The Love Exchange grew out of some teenage surf and garage bands in the Los Angeles suburb of Westchester. It was teenage singer Bonnie Blunt who was the group's strongest asset, giving them the competent vocals in the soaring, folky Mamas & the Papas/early Jefferson Airplane style. (As an interesting trivial note, the first woman singer in the Love Exchange was Laura Hale, daughter of actorAlan Hale, famous as the skipper on Gilligan's Island.) They weren't good writers, though, and on their sole album, much of the material was penned by producer Larry Goldberg. These were pretty shallow garage-psych-folk-rock efforts with their utopian rose-colored lyrics and organ-modal-guitar combinations, like a minor league Peanut Butter Conspiracy (who weren't such major talents themselves). The aura of psychsploitation was enhanced when Goldberg took some of the LP's backing tracks and added vocals by non-group members to create a Christian rock album credited to the Crusaders. Some of the album's songs were also used on a soundtrack album for a musical titled How Now, Dow Jones, credited there to the Floor Traders. And, finally, the songs did come out in their original form on an LP actually billed as a Love Exchange record, as it should have been all along. None of this helped the Love Exchange gain much credibility, although they played often in Los Angeles and at some festivals. In keeping with their general lack of consistent packaging, their name was changed to Charity in the late '60s for an album on Uni, although as it ended up organist Walter Flannery was the only member who performed on that LP. They were still performing as the Love Exchange live at that point, but broke up after appearing at the Newport '69 Pop Festival in Southern California.
~ By Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.

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Anonymous said...

good album love the bonus tracks many thanks