THE LYRICS - 'Can't See You Any More'/'Wake Up To My Voice' (Feather 1968) February 1968
By the powers of the internet I've had the pleasure of exchanging emails with two members of The Lyrics over the years and exclusive interviews with Dan Garcia and Ray Clearwater (previously known as Christopher Gaylord) can be found on my site. Dan sent me a load of Lyrics photos and ephemera some of which I've posted today for the first time on 'Flower Bomb Songs'.
The Lyrics hailed from the San Diego area but spent much of their existence recording and gigging in Los Angeles, often supporting The Doors.
This amazing and hard to find garage psych record was probably cut at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood where they had previously recorded the earlier 45 'Mr Man' / 'Wait' released on GNP Crescendo. They also used the same production team of Harlan Peacock and Don Ralke.
The A-Side appears to have been The Doors influenced 'Can't See You Any More' written by lead guitarist Bill Garcia . The flip might be recognisable to some because it was compiled on Highs In The Mid Sixties Volume 3. The sound quality on this comp is atrocious mainly because a beat up copy of the disc was used that has clicks and pops all over it.
'Can't See You Any More' was listed as a 'Hit Bound Sound' on the Santa Barbara Radio KIST music list, week ending 10th February 1968.
'Wake Up To My Voice' written by singer Craig Carll is a magical example of garage psychedelia. It's been a firm favourite of mine ever since I first heard it in the mid 80s and is clearly a classic of it's genre.
Don Ralke produced and arranged many records during the great 66/67 period. As well as being employed by The Lyrics he also worked with Ty Wagner of 'Im A No Count' and 'Slander' fame as well as arranging the vocals on songs by The Sunrays. He also wrote several songs recorded by William Shatner on his 'The Transformed Man' LP from 1968.
originally written 12/08/11
|The Lyrics playing in a strange place. Doesn't look like the right crowd to me.|
|three Lyrics in flamboyant shirts|
|KIST Radio list February 1968|