Monday, April 2, 2012
THE CREATION - IF I STAY TOO LONG b/w NIGHTMARES
With their first two single releases ("Making Time" and "Painterman b/w Biff! Bang! Pow!"), London's The Creation established themselves as one of THE greatest mod groups on the scene, albeit a group that was appreciated far more in the years after they broke up. The group found their biggest success in Germany during their time together (as evidenced by a scorching live performance on the German show "Beat Beat Beat").
In June of 1967, original Creation singer Kenny Pickett left the group, to be replaced on lead vocals by former Creation bassist Bob Garner who was replaced on bass by Kim GarDner.
In his debut role as lead singer, Garner co-wrote "If I Stay Too Long" with genius guitarist Eddie Phillips, and made for the Creation's greatest pure British soul track; I for one wish that Otis Redding would have cut a version, as I can just imagine how great THAT would have been.
The other side, "Nightmares", (co-written by the absent Kenny Pickett) is possibly The Creation's most overtly psychedelic record, and it's spooky sound went straight past the summer of love into the autumn of the acid-drenched afterglow.
THE CREATION - IF I STAY TOO LONG
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