THE EIGHTH DAY - 'Building With A Steeple'/'Glory' (Kapp K-916) May 1968
The Eighth Day hailed from Ohio (originally called The Sons Of Liberty) and after signing with Kapp Records starting recording songs that would make up their one and only album. I've not heard the latter but I'm led to believe that there are a couple of stand out cuts amongst a great deal of light pop filler.
I've already covered the original version of 'Building With A Steeple' by The Village East that was released in July 1967. Almost a year later in mid 1968, a version by The Eighth Day was unleashed to the public that went to no-wheres-ville.
Perhaps the times had moved on from the Mamas and the Papas influenced sunshine pop and this kind of sound was no longer in vogue. Whatever the reason, 'Building With A Steeple' most definately captured the hippie sound for me with it's glorious male/female vox, acoustic guitars, clavas, bah bah bah harmonies and lyrics about meditation.
"There's a place where I can go when I'm feeling very low.
When my mind is all hung up with worldly cares
I go there."
Both sides of this disc were produced by the same team that worked with The Village East with Ronnie Dante and Gene Allen taking care of the controls. Arrangement by Artie Butler. Truth be told both versions sound almost identical....
Here's a link to some information about The Eighth Day from leader Frank Defede.
|sleeve of album taken from an Ebay auction|