THE BEATEN PATH - 'Doctor Stone'/'Never Never' (Jubilee 45-5556) December 1966
Information on The Beaten Path is scarce to say the least. When Sundazed compiled 'Doctor Stone' on their 'Psychedelic Microdots' CD in the early 90s they too were at a loss. It is believed that The Beaten Path hailed from Brooklyn, NY but as far as I know details of the band members are unknown.
'Doctor Stone' is a cover version of an original song from The Leaves. This remake utilizers bongo percussion and is a tad softer around the edges with a pronounced Bo Diddley beat and tremelo guitar. The compiled version of the song on the Sundazed comp is the stereo mix from the mastertapes. I much prefer the single mono mix which I've uploaded to YouTube.
The slow and 'out of date' love ballad 'Never Never' on the flip is less exciting and sounds like a completely different group, it won't be of course!
Both sides were arranged by John Abbott who is probably best known for his work with The Left Banke. He arranged most of their songs and also played session bass guitar for them.
|Billboard - November 1966 - announce that The Beaten Path have signed to Jubilee Records|