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Post by Stan Dane on Thu 13 Nov 2014, 2:02 pm

I'll make my last post here before the move about music. 

When I was a teen in the mid-1960s, there was a local band from a nearby high school that was pretty damn good. They were called The Soul Benders and they later changed their name to Phlegethon. Their version of "Hey Joe" (in '67 or '68) was the first version of the song I ever heard and was #1 in our local area for many weeks. They had another song, "7&7 Is," that was a big hit too.    
The band leader, Aris Hampers, recorded Last Voyage Home, his last song, in 1971. He did everything on a shoestring budget with none of the technology available today, e.g., the backup vocals were kids from a local high school madrigals choir. The song hit #1 for a few weeks then after the song ran its course, I never heard it again until I found Aris on the Internet last year and ordered a CD from him. "Last Voyage Home" was part of what he called "The Odyssey," an unfinished suite of songs, very ambitious. The band broke up because they got tired of all the work, the rehearsals, for little or no pay.
I just discovered a YouTube of the "Last Voyage Home," and also his "Prelude to an Odyssey," which sounds Emerson, Lake and Palmeresque. Also stuck in "7&7 Is." Great to again hear this garage rock band again after all these years.

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Post by greg parker on Thu 13 Nov 2014, 3:12 pm

Cool. On the basis of that small sampling, I'd go with the "Soulbenders" version of the band.

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