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Although their only album is more a melange of interesting elements than a coherent whole, the Rockets' sole release does make for enjoyable, occasionally intriguing listening. Danny Whitten's "Won't You Say You'll Stay" has a downbeat introspection, and imaginative baroque'n'roll production (with harpsichords and gun-shot drum effects), that most likely appealed to Neil Young. The compositions by George and Leon Whitsell were more straightforward than the somewhat goofy, spacy musings of Whitten, sometimes digging into a pretty respectable soul-rock vibe; "I Won't Always Be Around" sounds like a white Impressions. Bobby Notkoff's swooping, whiny electric violin adds an air of unpredictability to the proceedings.


Formed: 1968

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

An obscure late-'60s L.A. band with one ill-distributed LP to their credit, the Rockets would be totally forgotten had not the core of the band gone on to form Crazy Horse, Neil Young's long-running electric backing unit. Their sole record was a fair but stylistically erratic effort, running the gamut from whimsical folk-rock to eccentric psychedelia, showing promise but never settling into a comfortable identity. Rockets guitarist Danny Whitten and bassist Billy Talbot had been working together...
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