THE APPLETREE THEATRE - 'What A Way To Go'/'Lotus Flower' (Verve Forecast KF 5082) 1968
Simply put, 'What A Way To Go' is one of the most stunning psych pop songs I've heard with a melody and vocal harmonies equal to anything within that loose 60s genre. The Appletree Theatre were a hip brotherly duo of Terry & John Boylan from New York who recorded an album called 'Playback' in late 1967 very much influenced by the psychedelia The Beatles were exploring.
The fab four would have killed for a song as beautiful as this.
Their other 45, "Hightower Square"/"Who Do I Think I Am" is excellent too. Terrance Boylan would revisit "Who Do I Think I Am" on his Alias Boona LP.
One of the Boylan brothers also wrote songs that were recorded by Los Angeles group The Hamilton Streetcar.