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Thursday, September 16, 2010

MERRELL FANKHAUSER & HMS BOUNTY - RICH MAN'S FABLE


Perhaps the difficult to pronounce name was a factor, but Merrell is one of those artists rooted in the sixties that truly should have been huge. Extremely talented and good looking, the guy is full of star power. Alas, it never happened...

After relocating to the California coast in his teenage years, Merrell played guitar in a string of groups; starting with instrumental surf and eventually settling into an excellent southern California jangle/beat/psychedelic style that is heard hear on this incredibly catchy (yet subtle) song that swings along hitting on hook after hook and climaxing with a sublime guitar break.

from 1968...

3 comments:

Funky16Corners said...

That's very cool. I have another one of his Shamley 45s with a crazy, upbeat version of 'Everybody's Talkin'.

Jem said...

I like this one quite a bit. I believe Merrell Fankhauser played lead guitar in the surf group The Impacts. Thank you!

mrb394ever said...

A real period piece. Couldn't have been a more perfect 1966-1969 example. I hear tones of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Thank you