THE CROME SYRCUS - "Take It Like A Man" / "Crystals" (Command 45-4111) 1968
This band of long hairs formed in Seattle but they later moved to San Francisco and did very well on the live circuit playing gigs with all the notable hippie bands. There is a live tape out there somewhere showcasing one of their gigs at The Avalon Ballroom in August 1968.
'Take It Like A Man' is notable for it's swirling keyboard opening before settling into a laid back groove. It was written by singer and bass player Lee Graham.
Graham also wrote the flip 'Crystals' which is full of lysergic lyrics. It's a strange song for sure with it's jazzy backbeat and acid rock guitar.
Quite what their label Command thought of this type of music is unknown. They normally released records by Ray Charles and Enoch Light Orchestra.
Wow, just check out the threads on these guys. I don't think the long kaftan was an 'off the peg' number.
John Gaborit (guitar)
Lee Graham (vocals/bass)
Dick Powell (keyboards/harmonica)
Ted Shreffler (keyboards)
Rod Pilloud (drums)
Ted Shreffler later joined Seattle band Cannon Ball.
This article appeared in Billboard 6th January 1968.