"The Fallen Angels" - The Fallen Angels (1967)
The Fallen Angels was a garagey psych-rock band with good pop-rock sensibilities. Their self-titled debut album was a pretty solid affair. Good lyrics and nice melodic catch with enough pop-psych flavor to make things interesting without losing direction. The band hailed from our nation's capital, Washington D.C. And off the top of my head and without doing a quick Google search, I can't think of another rock band from those parts. (I'm sure there must be a few.)
There are occasional light dustings of horns here and there, but not very much. I only mention this because the opening track, and it's a really good one, has a little brass. But this is absolutely not a horn album, so don't let that damper your picnic.
"The Fallen Angels" (back)
Favorites include the pop-psych dreamcatcher "Introspective Looking Glass" and shadow-vibed "Love, Don't Talk To Strangers." Both are strong keepers. The garagey psych-rocker "You Have Changed" is excellent stuff. “Room At The Top” is a cool psych-pop opener. And the psych-folk “Most Children Do” is a wonderful chill and makes me think Beck might've heard this one. There are a couple of jug band whatevers that just sound out of place. I mean a kazoo is never a good idea, but the good songs far outweigh the weaker ones.
I found my copy at a record shop and dropped $17 on it. It has a small tear on the top-front of the album, but the vinyl is an easy vg+. The Fallen Angels' first offering is a pretty cool psych album to slip into the collection.
Roulette Records label
SIDE A MATRIX
RLP - 497-A-1 9-13-67 AB 9-67 Audio???
SIDE B MATRIX
RLP 497 B MIRASOUND AB 8-67 AB
"Introspective Looking Glass" - The Fallen Angels / "The Fallen Angels" (1967)
A1 "Room At The Top" 2:35
A2 "Love, Don't Talk To Strangers" 1:52
A3 "Your Friends Here in Dundersville" 2:23
A4 "I've Been Thinking" 1:46
A5 "It Might Have Been Easier To Stay at Home" 2:07
A6 "Most Children Do" 3:10
B1 "Introspective Looking Glass" 2:25
B2 "I Don't Wanna Fall" 2:18
B3 "No Way Out" 2:39
B4 "Painted Bird" 2:20
B5 "Mother's Homesick Too" 2:17
B6 "You Have Changed" 2:27
Jack Bryant - vocals, bass, kazoo
Richard "Luvly" Kumer - drums, percussion
Wally Cook - guitar
Jack Lauritsen - guitar, sitar, vibraphone
Barry Seidel - horns, effects, shoes
*Tom Traynor - laughter, good vibrations, first aid