THE BLUES MAGOOS - TOBACCO ROAD


THE BLUES MAGOOS - 'Tobacco Road' (Fontana LP TL.5402) 1966

The Blues Magoos made the switch from Verve Folkways to Mercury in early '66 and started work on material which would become their studio album 'Psychedelic Lollipop'. A slight line-up change also occurred with Geoff Daking taking over on drums.
In England the album was released on Fontana and simply named 'Blues Magoos'. No need for the cringeworthy American title.

The first Blues Magoos single to be released was 'Tobacco Road'/'Sometimes I Think About' on (Mercury 72590) in June 1966. It's a single that doesn't often come up for sale and one that I don't have in my archives..
The Blues Magoos probably heard this song from The Nashville Teens who had a top 10 hit in England with it in June 1964. The Blues Magoos version keeps a similar beat/tempo but a freak out mid section is introduced employing tape delay with some psych noise effects to achieve a psychotic/lysergic throb, but at over 4 minutes long the 45 had no chance of being played on the radio and it sank.

I picked up my mono copy on Fontana from a long gone record shop in Camden Town, London back in 1987 for £20. A lot of money for me in those days but I simply had to have it.

THE BLUES MAGOOS - Tobacco Road


Comments

  1. I have this! Grew up with this on! Such a great forgotten album!

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  2. Did you know that Bobby Gentry covered Tobacco Road on her Delta Suite album?

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  3. I always loved The Blues Magoos version of "Tabacoo Road". I've long that that middle freak-out/rave up was reminscent of early Pink Floyd!

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  4. The organ takes a lot of credit here...
    psych at its best.

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