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Long-forgotten treasure from the seminal mid-’60s Los Angeles rock scene!

With a throb of excitement matched only by finding King Tut’s OTHER tomb, Sundazed has recently unearthed a long-forgotten treasure from the seminal mid-’60s Los Angeles rock scene: the previously unreleased album by the Penny Arkade! Spotlighting singer/songwriters Chris Ducey and Craig Smith along with bassist Don Glut and drummer Bobby Donaho, the Penny Arkade — with its jangley melange of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape — was a potential pop-rock goldmine in the making. But its only album was inexplicably shelved. Produced by Michael Nesmith, the original, unreleased Penny Arkade album is now expanded to contain extra material from the sessions, revealing demo recordings and much more. This is an astounding tape-vault discovery of the first rank!

Shockingly Solid

This is a tremendous collection of tunes from a generally forgotten 1960s LA pop band that was nurtured by Mike Nesmith, of Monkees fame. Considering the band never really did a ton of club work, the playing is top notch, as is the songwriting. This collection holds up particularly well because (according to legend) Nesmith refused to allowed the project to be over-produced. That was one reason they never got a deal. The stripped down sound on most tracks (basically a live 4-piece with vocal overdubs) is timeless. This could be a talented pop-fueled garage band from any of the last five decades. There’s a great article in UGLY THINGS about one of the co-leaders of this band (Craig Smith), who went from frothy pop fun to acid-casualty and a life on the streets. There’s a movie here, with a built-in soundtrack!

Biography

Formed: 1966

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

The Penny Arkade never released any records during their brief existence, and their history has been muddied by the release of much of their material on rare albums credited to one of the band's singer/songwriters (using a pseudonym, no less). The obscurity and confusion is unfortunate, as they were actually quite a good Southern Californian folk-rock-psychedelic band, much like Buffalo Springfield at times, and at others like a tougher Monkees. The Monkees connection is explained, in part, by the...
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