THE TROPICS - 'This Must Be The Place'/'Summertime Blues / Land Of A Thousand Dances' (Columbia 4-44248) August 1967
This tough sounding garage offering from The Tropics on Columbia is becoming more sought after these days and it's price appears to reflect this. 'This Must Be The Place' is something of a fuzz raver and at under two minutes is gone before the listener can catch breath.
The flip is a mix of two songs that I'm not that keen on whovever remakes them especially 'Land Of A Thousand Dances' which is total boresville but both songs were live favourites at gigs. I would have preferred another original song.
The group actually won a recording contract with Columbia Records after coming out on top in an International Battle of the Bands held in Chicago. Their previous release 'As Time's Gone'/'Time' is much more legendary, maybe one day I'll own a copy.
Production was handled by famed jazz saxophonist and producer Teo Macero who stayed mostly within the jazz and orchestrated music field for Columbia but also worked on the 'Graduate' soundtrack for Simon and Garfunkel. I wonder what he made of these teenagers with their trebly guitars and fuzz.