Sure, there’s Paul Revere and the Raiders [the Hal Blaine-backed Columbia sessions are still some of my faves] and their Portland connection.
But, in the mid-60s, kids all over the country – the world- were practicing in their garages. Heavy on the fuzz and lots of attitude, many of these teens even cut 45s [ask your parents].
Mainly regional hits, from Portland to Salem to Astoria, these 45s might’ve received some local airplay then eventually disappeared into oblivion or worse, showed up decades later at some “record fair” populated by social misfits and shut-ins [yeah, like I should talk].
And, let’s face it, most record collectors are more known for their Nazi-like attitudes and general lack of social skills – and don’t like to share their finds.
They’ve meticulously searched wide and far for some great forgotten gems – and then have posted MP3s on their site.
Posts also include lengthy bios of garage bands from all over the map, and of course from Oregon.
Names like The Gentlemen Wild, The Chaen Reaction, The Weads (with Fred Cole of Dead Moon), and Beauregarde (featuring a very young Greg Sage later of the Wipers on guitar), you can’t go wrong.