V/A - DAYS OF A QUIET SUN LP
- Label: Feel It
- Catalog Number: FEELIT41
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Virginia had little to offer aspiring local artists. Enter Martin Gary, a
local kid who grew up working at Gary's, the primary record shop in
town that his father opened in 1939. Starting in junior high, Martin
Gary became interested in producing local bands, however Richmond lacked
any real recording studios. Gary first linked up with The Barracudas, a
teen group from nearby Sandston, traveling up to Washington, DC's
Edgewood Recording in June 1966. The resulting session produced a 45 on
the Cuda imprint, establishing NewBag Music for publishing, and using
Gary's Records (which would grow into an 8-store chain) as distribution.
More 45's soon followed in '67 and '68, with Gary creating the Groove
label that would release The Hazards "Hey Joe" (one of the best versions
from the late 60's garage explosion), King Edward & His B.D.'s "Beg
Me" (a snappy garage/soul hybrid with horn section), and the monster
soul cut "Gotta Be a Reason" from Bernard Smith & Jokers Wild. Trips
to Virginia Beach resulted in a 45 on the appropriately-dubbed Beech
label for Group Nine, early adopters of a psychedelic rock sound
reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane. Summer 1968 found Gary and The
Barracudas reuniting and moving studios to Recordings, Inc. near
Baltimore, with now legendary
engineer George Massenburg. This session produced "Days of a Quiet Sun",
The Barracudas' heavily psyched-up take on a Group Nine original with
Massenburg on Moog synthesizer (one of the first units on the East
Coast!). "Days" was backed with "Apple Pie" on 45 and released in late
'68 on Satori, the last of Gary's short-lived labels. Following "Days",
Gary produced a demo session for Richmond's Bosom Blues Band - an
amazing bluesy hard rock group that nearly signed a major deal with
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