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During the early '70s, as radio rock was inching toward hyper-production and progressively arranged song structures, this Northern California quintet was taking the Anglophile route with jangly 12-string guitars and Beatles-inspired harmonies. The Wackers' 1971 debut album, Wackering Heights, was produced by Gary Usher, which is why many of these songs sound like branches from The Byrds’ family tree. Check out the flawless three-part folk-rock harmonies in “Body Go Round” and the summery opener “Travelin’ Time” (plus the Chris Bell–sounding backing vocals in the second verse). Their groovy and glammy rendition of Otis Blackwell’s “Don’t Be Cruel” boogies harder than both the Elvis and Cheap Trick covers, while “Strangers” treads on early Bee Gees territory with lush string arrangements and a fanciful vocal congruency that sounds like the kind of close harmonies that could only come from blood siblings. The rootsy “Don’t Put Down the Singer” flirts with L.A. canyon-twang without going full country-rock.


Genre: Rock

Short-lived, modestly popular band that played in the Liverpool style, although they weren't from Liverpool or the surrounding area. They cut a total of three singles, one for Oriole and two for Pye's Piccadilly subsidiary, of which the best was the second, a cover of "Love Or Money." By 1965, when they packed it in as a recording act with the single "The Girl Who Wanted Fame," the band's sound had taken...
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