THE PRECIOUS FEW - 'World Of Your Dreams'/'For A Lifetime' (Velvet Tone VTR-113) April 1968
The Precious Few were a short lived teenage garage band from Huntsville, Alabama. They were signed to Producer Jimmy Velvet's own label Velvet Tone Records and as far as I know this is their one and only 45. According to the handwritten note on the label, the record was released in April 1968.
During the early part of 1967 The Precious Few had an opening slot in Dick Clark's 'Caravan of Stars' when it rolled into Florence, Alabama. One of the other acts on the bill were L.A. band The Hard Times and according to the liners of Rev-Ola's Hard Times CD collection singer/leader of the band, Rudy Romero was so impressed with Larry Byrom, the nineteen year old lead guitarist from The Precious Few that he asked Dick Clark to sign him up for The Hard Times.
According to a local newspaper report from May 1967, Dick Clark personally phoned the young Larry and asked him to move to Los Angeles with the prospect of recording and becoming a full time member of The Hard Times.
At first he played occasional bass and lead guitar before finally taking over lead guitar duties on a permanent basis.
Following the demise of The Hard Times, Larry formed T.I.M.E. with former bandmates Bill Richardson and Steve Rumph. He then joined a late 60s early 70s line-up of Steppenwolf.
So what do we deduce from this related information? Well if the date on the label is correct, Larry Byrom had already left The Precious Few and is probably not on this record under review.
Another interesting fact is that label owner and Producer Jimmy Velvet was one of Elvis Presley's oldest and closest friends and as well as a couple of crooner 45s during the very early 60s released his own soft rock solo album in 1968 titled 'A Touch Of Velvet.'
The folk psychedelia of 'World Of Your Dreams' is splendid and remains uncompiled. The club crooner flip 'For A Lifetime' is a major disappointment and falls outside the sound of my blog Flower Bomb Songs.