STU MITCHELL with Wes Dakus' Rebels - ACID

STU MITCHELL with Wes Dakus' Rebels - 'Acid'/'Casting My Spell' (Kapp K-829) 1967

The Wes Dakus Rebels were an Edmonton group who had been around since the early 60s as a recording outfit. Stu Mitchell was their drummer but on this Kapp Records release from 1967 he assumed frontman status and sang/wrote his own composition 'Acid'. His spoken delivery sounds uncannily like Jim Morrison's don't you think?

'Acid' was recorded at the famous Norman Petty studio in Clovis, New Mexico sometime in mid 1966. It's a weird, doom laden sound with a sparse production. The constant church bells and haunting sound effects give it a somewhat mysterious eeriness. The star on the label indicates that this was the A-Side but I very much doubt it would have got past the radio controllers because of the songs subject matter.

The flip 'Casting My Spell' is a jaunty pop number with some subtle fuzz and remains uncompiled.

Billboard - September 1966


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