THE CHURCHILL DOWNS - Don't Turn The Light Off


THE CHURCHILL DOWNS - 'Don't Turn The Light Off' (Shadoks Music 137) 2011

One of the highlights of 2011 was Shadoks LP (limited to 500 copies) release of unreleased tapes by The Churchill Downs who were a popular and hip group in Hollywood during 1967-68. The group even became the house band at the famous Gazzari's, a notorious club on the Sunset Strip.

For whatever reason, The Churchill Downs failed to secure a recording contract with any label and the music they laid down with producer Gary Paxton during late 1967 to mid 1968 remained unheard. The earlier recordings are great but as '67 became '68 the psychedelic direction and some of the line-up had changed to a more soul rock sound.

The stand out is the Strawberry Alarm Clock influenced 'Don't Turn The Light Off', co-written by Don Adey who went onto record an album as Jamme with Keith Adey and some of Hollywood's finest session players, including Larry Knetchtel and Jim Gordon.

THE CHURCHILL DOWNS - Don't Turn The Light Off

Comments

  1. I like this! Are the other tracks on this LP similar to this one in style?

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  2. This is a great discovery - a fine pop song with strong psych flavours and much better than anything on the Jamme album. Many thanks Colin.

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  3. I bought this the other day, paying £32 for it which is very costly for a non vintage LP.

    Overall I dig the selections on Side One in particular the opener 'Don't Turn The Light Off'. This is a real find and reminds me of Strawberry Alarm Clock. The Cream influenced recordings are not gonna be a big hit with most G45 members but the inclusion of fuzz guitar pleases me.

    Most of Side Two was recorded in mid 1968 and is no great shakes. 'Alfie' is terrible and I get the impression The Churchill Downs were moving towards a more psych soulful sound which is and will never be my scene. Too bad they changed direction. Their version of 'Ostrich People' can't compete with The Chocolate Tunnel either.

    The sound quality is fantastic by the way as is the thick card sleeve.

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  4. Thanks for the in-depth review. Much appreciated!

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