THE LORDS - "Death Bells At Dawn" / "Light Rain" (Aldrich ALD 1001) December 1966
This is quite a stupendous disc, both sides are great but I would say "Death Bells At Dawn" is an absolute classic. It's a most beautiful haunting lysergic ballad with trippy organ, reverb guitar, subtle drums and mysterious vocals giving the song an almost other worldly sound.
Not a great deal is known about the Lords and I have seen no band shot although I believe they were a popular combo in New Jersey. According to 'Teenbeat Mayhem' they hailed from Morris Plains.
If anyone knows anything about them please get in touch because I'd love to know more.
The other side "Light Rain" is less immediate but still holds my interest and it's worth repeated plays. It's another languid performance but with some jangle, organ and pleasant vocals. Hearing these two songs it's obvious that the Lords were talented and it's such a shame that only this Aldrich 45 was released by them.