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Monday, January 10, 2011

THE BALLADS - I CAN'T SEE YOUR LOVE (FOR THE TEARS IN MY EYES)


This great harmony group from Oakland, CA saw this record initially released on the tiny Wee label until it was picked up for national release by Vee Jay records. Sadly, Vee Jay was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy at the time and couldn't give the records they released during this period much of a push. A pity, as the quality of releases from Vee Jay was very high, including this gem!

Other than the fantastic vocals, I especially like the quasi-jazzy intro hook that's downright hypnotizing. The drumming and clip clop percussion offer a nice west coast alternative to the Motown sound that drives just as hard.

from 1965...

3 comments:

Marie said...

This IS a little gem! Thanks Derek.

rinso said...

Great soul-pop gem,and it IS as good as anything Motown was putting out during the same time! Shame that Vee Jay was on the way out,or this group would be mentioned along with the other great soul groups of the mid 60s. Another fine 45,Sir Derek!

Gail said...

Great post Derek - one of the first Northern tracks I heard!