26 May, 2015

THE YANKEE DOLLAR - REFLECTIONS OF A SHATTERED MIND


THE YANKEE DOLLAR - "Reflections Of A Shattered Mind" / "Mucky Truckee River" (Dot 45-17213) March 1969

By the time Dot Records released this impressive 45 by The Yankee Dollar the group had probably already disbanded. As Greg Likins pointed out in our interview, these two songs were the only fruits of their aborted second album sessions.

'Reflections Of A Shattered Mind' hints at what could have been. This cut still retains the psychedelic folk element with the male/female harmonizing but is a much tougher sound overall. There is no evidence of the swirling farfisa organ that dominated much of the music from their earlier recordings. The piece ends with some trippy studio trickery harking back to '67.

The flip 'Mucky Truckee River' is a mournful hippie folk tune with orchestration. Both songs were again produced by Frank Slay.


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