THE AVENGERS - "Strange Faces" / "Softly (I Say To You)" (American Records 101) January 1967
The fifth and final Avengers single was the super cool 'Strange Faces'. This 45 rarely shows up anywhere (eBay and dealer lists) and is perhaps the most difficult Avengers record to find. I bought my copy from Greg Likins in 2010.
The tough uptempo garage sound from previous releases like 'Be A Cave Man' and 'Shipwrecked' had been replaced on this release by a more sophisticated psychedelic sound. 'Strange Faces' is indeed a forgotten gem with it's mesmerizing sitaresque tinged Byrdsian guitar sound. The background vocal harmonies are a delight.
The flip 'Softly (I Say To You)' is a Brit Invasion influenced ballad with ringing guitar work.
Both songs credited to Gerry Blake - Henry Gonzales.
The Avengers were undoubtedly a highly talented combo who wrote and performed their own material. They're certainly a group in need of a collective retrospection re-issue release. All five singles would make a wonderful set.
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|Honorable K/MENention for The Avengers with "Strange Faces" January 1967. Scan from ARSA|
|The hearse The Avengers used to get to gigs|
This unpublished promo picture of The Avengers is from the archives of member Kenneth Zigoures. It was taken at Beale Park Amphitheater, Bakersfield.
|THE AVENGERS 1966: Clockwise: Kenneth Zigoures, Gerry Blake, John Paisley, Greg Likins, Gary Bernard|