FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND - FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND (CAPITOL ST-165) February 1969
Previously known as The Staccatos it seems that they wanted to change their name to something much more hip. They also travelled to Los Angeles sometime in 1968 to record the songs for this obscure and very interesting pop psych album on Capitol.
Most of the songs were written by the talented Les Emmerson, including the marvelously complex 'Five Man Electrical Band' which is my focus song from the set. I used this song on my series of comps I called Gear! check it out on Volume 1 if you bought a copy. Excelent vocal harmonies and melody wrapped up in this tune, almost like it's three songs within one. Imagine The Beach Boys mixing elements of The Association and you'll get my drift.
Also on this album is an updated take of their classic pop psycher 'Half Past Midnight'....at least it sounds different to the mono 45 mix from mid 1966. They even perform a cover version of 'You're Gonna Lose That Girl', so an album for Beatles completists to check out.