GARY WALKER and the RAIN - 'Spooky' / 'I Can't Stand To Lose You' (Polydor 56267) January 1968
Californian, Gary Leeds was an early member of The Standells but left in 1963 before their debut LP for Liberty. He then teamed up with John Maus and Scott Engel who were gigging as a duo called The Walker Brothers. Fame and fortune followed of course before Gary Leeds formed his own band in the Autumn of 1967 called Gary Walker and the Rain.
A cover version of The Classics IV song 'Spooky' was their first 45. This was released in England in January 1968 but never did much chart action. However in Japan it was a different story. Gary Walker and the Rain were huge!!!
'Spooky' is a very laid back tune with throbbing bass runs and soul mod vocals. It would have been better had it not been for those occasional weird sound effects. Don't dig those at all. But I do dig the meandering lead guitar flourishes.
'I Can't Stand To Lose You' written by Gary Walker and Paul Crane is a mod rocker with soulful vocals sounding similar in sound and song structure to mod combos like The Smoke or The Action.
Both songs on this 45 were produced by Scott Walker.
Paul Crane (rhythm guitar and lead vocals)
John Lawson (bass)
Joey Molland (lead guitar)
Gary Leeds (drums)