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Thursday, August 19, 2010

THE SYN - GROUNDED


While "Grounded" was the b-side (to the downright awful "Created By Clive"), this is the side that has lived on in the hearts of collectors and fans of British beat. It also blows my mind that two members of this band (Chris Squire and Peter Banks) formed progressive rock band Yes only one year after this record was cut; a massive indication of changing tastes in music that wasn't limited to the changes that were also occurring in the US soul scene. Not to say that there weren't great 45's recorded after 1968, but for my tastes the rate of amazing singles per capita in all r&b/soul/rock n roll peaked in 1966-67, then began a steady stream of petering out starting in 1968.

Regardless of its' lineage, this is an incredible record featuring some of the finest songwriting of the freakbeat era.

from 1967...

THE SYN - GROUNDED

4 comments:

Funky16Corners said...

Great song, and the connection between UK psyche and 70s/prog rock is huge.

Gyro1966 said...

A complete monster record. Always a favorite around here!

Jem said...

Excellent side! Thank you!

MM said...

Fabulous track - can't believe it ended up on the B-side. Thanks for the introduction.