14 August, 2008

dRAKE - On The Road To Mexico



dRAKE - 'On The Road To Mexico' / 'Glory Train' (Parrot 315) Feb 1967

Essential double sided 45 by dRAKE. It appears that this record was down to one man, namely Drake Levinshefski. He became famous as the lead guitarist in Paul Revere and the Raiders during their peak years of 1964-66.

Drake left the Raiders in April 1966 when he was called up to join the National Guard Unit. After he served his obligation he joined a band called The Brotherhood in 1967 releasing a couple of long players on RCA Victor. He also played on a wacked out acid album by Friendsound (or was it Joyride?)

Anyway, this solo 45 on Parrot seems to have been largely forgotten. This is a great shame because it's a psychedelic thrill ride. It's very well produced with exquisite instrumentation. There's subtle fuzz throughout culminating in some trippy backwards guitar on 'On The Road To Mexico'....I'm amazed this song is still uncompiled.

The flip 'Glory Train' is another laid back rock song that reminds me of early Spirit.


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