THE LEATHERCOATED MINDS - 'Sunset And Clark' (Fontana TL.5412) 1967
This is my rare UK copy of The Leathercoated Minds LP 'A Trip Down The Sunset Strip' on Fontana. It also happens to be the essential mono mix. How this rather obscure and completely 'underground' album managed to get a release in Britain is unclear....
The album cover is a picture of Roger Tillison and Terrye Newkirk who were a folk-rock duo based in Hollywood. They cut a 45 as The Gypsy Trips. Read my review here.
It is believed, however, that Terrye Newkirk did not perform on The Leathercoated Minds album but Tillison did, along with producer and arranger John J. Cale and sundry musicians employed by Viva Records.
'A Trip Down The Sunset Strip' is quite a period piece and a tyme capsule of the coloured sights and sounds of the L.A. teen scene circa 1966-67. Unfortunately the cover versions don't stand well next to the originals but the snippets of conversations and car noises between the tracks recorded on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip are cool.
The instrumentals featured such as 'Sunset And Clark' are really where it's at. These were all written by John J. Cale.