THE CRYSTAL BALL - 'Trans-Love Airways (Fat Angel)' / 'You're A Big Girl Now' (Smash S-2092) May 1967

I've had this single by The Crystal Ball for many years and I've noticed that the sales price has nudged up to the $30 - $50 bracket recently. Maybe it's become one of those trendy European mod spins or something?

I somehow doubt very much that The Crystal Ball were an active group. They were probably a studio creation of producers Roger Karshner, Richard Troops and Joel Cory. Whatever they were I'm pleased that they recorded a wonderful version of "Fat Angel" by Donovan. It's such a tripped out take, well produced with a pounding sound. I love the drums on this and the deep throbbing bass.

The other side "You're A Big Girl Now" (credited to Troops & Cory) is a bouncy pop song and perhaps a little more commercial than "Fat Angel" that no doubt sank without trace.

Roger Karshner also produced the weird and wonderful psychedelic album by The National Gallery.

Billboard - May 1967