THE PLYMOUTH ROCKERS - 'Girl From The North Counrty'/'Roll Over Stephen Foster' (Valiant Records V-729) October 1965
Both sides of this disc are pure 'Flower Bomb Songs' with that gorgeous folk-rock sound, so typical of USA 1965. I actually held off from putting this track on my recent 'Dylanisms' compilation because it was lined up for my forthcoming Valiant Records 2CD set.
It's believed that The Plymouth Rockers were from the State of Arizona, some online sources have even suggested Phoenix. How they came to record two singles for Los Angeles label Valiant Records is uncertain but it's clear that the group possess the '65 Sunset Strip sound.
'Girl From The North Country' is a fabulous version of the Bob Dylan tune. I actually heard a version of the song by The Blue Things first before I'd even heard Dylan's original. The Plymouth Rockers certainly capture that sound I love and need to hear daily. The flip 'Roll Over Stephen Foster', a Tim Rose composition, has a much more aggressive jangle folk-rock attack..
Both songs have never appeared on any compilations in the past.