RICK MINAS - "Toys" (taken from Rave With The Amphetamine Generation on Dig The Fuzz)
"Rave With The Amphetamine Generation" is a must have compilation for anyone interested in unknown and very obscure 60s beat from Britain. Most of the tracks here are culled from one of a kind acetates. My focus will be on Rick Minas, who remains a little known artist, recording a handful of acetate demos in 1966 of which "Another Time" and "Think About Me" were published by Filmusic and released on Polydor. Rick Minas also released a 1967 single on Decca a.k.a. Sasha Caro "Little Maid's Song" b/w "Grade 3 Section 2"
"Toys" is a superb hard driving beat number reminding me of The Truth's freakbeat version of "Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)."Any 45 collector will tell you that "Toys" would have destroyed on a mono single.
Rick Minas wrote several other songs with Mike Banwell which were recorded by groups including The Graham Bond Organisation, Hamilton & the Hamilton Movement, The Transatlantics and The Chantelles. An informative site with label scans and other information can be found here.