Monday, March 30, 2015

The E-Types - Live At The Rainbow Ballroom (1966)



In the mid-'60s, this group from Salinas, CA, (near San Jose) played a pleasant blend of British Invasion-inspired pop/rock and a touch of garage. With prominent keyboards, three-part harmonies, and original material with minor-keyed shifts, they sounded something like a mix between the Zombies and the Turtles. Very popular within their (pretty limited) stomping grounds, they made no impact whatsoever on a national level, issuing four singles on small labels (most of them with producer Ed Cobb, who also handled the Standells and the Chocolate Watch Band). Certainly they were a promising outfit, capable of offering strong original material (most of which, oddly, was penned by a friend who wasn't in the band, Larry Hosford). They didn't have enough time to convert that promise into truly significant work, however. They disbanded in 1967, when their carefully executed pop/rock was falling out of fashion in California, in favor of psychedelia.


 
12-song vinyl-only issue finds the Salinas, California garage band knocking off a rocking set of '60s hit parade numbers in front of the wild and woolly kids in Fresno. Three songs each from the Beau Brummels' and Yardbirds' set lists, a couple of tunes from the Beatles with a couple of strays from Dylan and the Who, this is small town rock & roll 1966 style with a true Saturday night shake-'em-on-down feel to it. Nothing fancy here, and the sound isn't like a Prince record by a long shot, but a very real document of a time in rock & roll for darn sure.

2 comments:

  1. Read about the E-Types years ago, and I've been looking for music from them ever since. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  2. Reading Steinbeck now, and then a group from Salinas, funny :)

    Amazing how they manage to discover good recordings from bands 50 years after.

    Thank you very much.

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