FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - 'Take A Giant Step'/'Don't Blame Me (For Trying)' Colgems 66-1024) June 1968
So who were Fountain Of Youth? I know nothing about them apart from the fact that they released four singles on Colgems. According to FA&F they hailed from Fredericksburg, Texas. Hopefully someone will get in touch with more information.
'Take A Giant Step' written by the Goffin-King partnership is pop perfection and this version is more bubblegum than the recording made by The Monkees. It was also recorded by The Rising Sons. The sublime arrangement is credited to Hollywood session guitarist and producer Richard Podolor who has been mentioned on my Blog before for his work with The Chocolate Watch Band and The Standells.
The 45 got a 'Special Merit Spotlight' mention in a June 1968 edition of Billboard.
The flip 'Don't Blame Me (For Trying)' has a tougher edge and was compiled on Boulders Volume 8 back in the 80s. I had one of those vinyl only Boulders comps but the sound quality was worse than appalling and I quickly sold it on. No doubt it sounds awful on that series.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - Take A Giant Step