THE LEAVES - 'Hey Joe'/'Girl From The East' (Mira Records 222) May 1966
Los Angeles group The Leaves hit the big time with their version of 'Hey Joe' which they recorded three times, each one distinctly different from the other - the promo single, the stock single and the Mira 222 release (also the same version on their hastily released studio album).
The first version was cut as far back as November 1965 but for me it's their 3rd attempt complete with a wild Bobby Arlin fuzztoned guitar break that is the winner. The flip is 'Girl From The East', a pleasant folk rock ballad written by Hollywood face Bobby Jameson. He also cut his own 'Girl From The East' and this choice original can be found on the Chris Lucey a.k.a Bobby Jameson album 'Songs Of Protest And Anti Protest'.