||I remember the
sixties like a tranquility of incredulity. It was
a time of revelation and mellifluousness unlike
anything that has transpired subsequently. My proprieties
were fashioned by consuming vast quantities of harmony
and elevation, never ruminating that it could conclude.
But these days’ looking back seems to be my
only tonic for overcoming the infertility of today.
Discovering bands like the Unknowns has become a
way for me to validate the present by illuminating
the past. What started out as a happenstance at
a flea market in Philadelphia has elongated into
a promise of legitimacy encapsulated as yet another
reel-to-reel tape that auspiciously appeared on
the desk of this Octopus luminary with yet another
cryptic message… “Love Songs”.
The post-mark on the package imbibed origins of
southern Spain but the sounds within chorused the
haunting echo of lives and loves once lived and
lost. It ws Sartre that said “I confused things
with their names: that is belief.” Perhaps
that is a colloquialism that amalgamates what was
most important about the Sixties, not an unavoidable
jiffy but rather a state of being and becoming.
Sometimes you just recognize, despite all divergent
substantiations, from whence things came.
So I give you once again “The Unknown Mystery
60’s Group – Love Songs.”
David Plum, Octopus Recordings
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||Wow! It's the 60's
and the Beatles all over again! If you like the
Beatles or 60's rock and roll you will love this
An excellent tune. Take some disarmingly simple
lyrics from a jilted lover, a Dylanesque vocal (early
Dylan, when you could still understand him), and
jangly 60's pop guitar straight out of your favorit
Monkees track. Bought the whole album and I just
want to rec every song!
||I just love this
60s retro sound, done with such love and attention
to detail - this could have been XTC doing Dukes
Of The Stratosphere the early beat years. Great
stuff - get it!!!!!
||I got your package,
and I've been listening to it at work. It makes
me dreamy and nostalgic for a time I wasn't alive.
||Lavinia - NY, NY
||I couldn't stop
laughing as I read through the various notes and
bio's. Very impressive site and nice linkage through
the check-out process. I'll try and spread the word.
||Matt - Woodlands, TX
||What a wonderful
LP. And I would love to have copies of all. Again,
||Doug - St. Louis, MO
||The website is
awesome beyond belief.
||SuperBrim - NY, NY
UM60G a while back, while looking for another
record... I was intrigued by the back sleeve story,
and as I love 60's era music (despite being born
20 years later!), I thought I could give it a
try, and bought it. And instantly loved it. I
gave my friends a listen too, and they loved it,
alas, the internet crazyness was only at a start
in France, and the only way to get the record
was to order it from a shop, and it appeared none
could get it at that time (or so they said), not
even the one I got it from.
A few years back, I found
out a Volume II was out, I bought it the next
I've recently ripped some
CDs as I tend to listen to music from my computer
more than from my hi-fi these days, and rediscovered
both volume. I did a quick research on Google,
only to find out that a third record had just
been released. A happy coincidence, I must say!
||Morgan - Lyon Rhone-Alpes France
||Forgive me for
my lack of knowledge of English
||Teppei - Tokyo, Japan
||2007 release and
third installment from this 'unknown discovery from
the 60's'! File under Garage, Psych and Freakbeat.
When the first of these was released, this was the
story: If it is to be believed (and we don`t quite
buy it but think it`s a great angle and fun, nonetheless!),
a reel to reel tape of these guys was discovered
and purchased at an outdoor flea market in Philadelphia,
November 1997. Nothing was known about the group
or the songs on the tape, hence the title of the
CD on it`s release the same year by Distortion -
"Unknown Mystery 60`s Group". Here, we
have a cross between Buffalo Springfield, The Zombies
and The Beatles(in fact, a few songs have downright
a David Grahame-esque spirit)--snippets of Arthur
Lee in the vocals, Beatle strums and tambourine,
more Buffalo Springfield sounds, the anglophilia
of Big Star or the better Box Tops records. It is
1966 all over again. Acoustic-electric psych pop
with quirky songwriting and tight harmonies.
|| ...like its predecessor,
is full of stellar Beatles ("Rubber Soul"/"Revolver"-era),
soft-psych, Big Star, early solo Todd Rundgren,
Beau Brummels, very, very British, 60's-inspired
pop! It's all brimming with jangly, ringing guitars
and innocent harmonies! The lead vocals have a John
Lennon-like quality! Will their true identity ever
be revealed (our lips are sealed, guys)? Have they
truly out-done themselves this time? Will someone
ever offer enough for a reunion? A tour? A tell-all
autobiography? Will there be a "Volume IV"?
Who cares! Just lie back and enjoy the latest installment
of this truly entertaining trip! Can't say enough
about this one! GREAT!!
Reviews Today: Unknown Mystery 60's Group
and the ease of indie releases have made for the
ready sharing of our own private yesterdays. Some
yesterdays are better left forgotten, but when
shared with passion and craft, there's no need
to get hung up on the degree of retro-authenticity
of the lo-fi recording, any anachronisms that
sneak into the retro-themed lyrics, and the stitching
on the band members' Beatle boots. It was through
this combination of passion and craft that the
Unknown Mystery 60's Group was able to pull the
wool over the eyes of garage-collector sheep with
their first release, which was successfully launched
as having been culled from an unknown, mysterious
tape at found at an outdoor flea market. With
the newly released Volume III, the band's anonymous
archivist in Spain has unearthed more recordings
by these mysterious lads that sound richer, in
parts, than their first two sets of recordings.
of the latest from Unknown Mystery 60's Group
is as homemade and quaint as ever, but there's
more room for the songs to breathe and the imagination
to wander. This is especially evident on gentle
songs like "Butterfly" and "Having
You Here With Me", which are fleshed out
by light touches of synthesized orchestration
(shades of Dave Gregory's underrated work with
XTC) and detailed harmonies.
"[Insert mid-60s "The" Group] Do
Dylan"-like rockers continue to be a staple
of the band's output. My favorite is "You've
Changed", which hints at Moby Grape's "Omaha"
if that San Francisco band spent less time worrying
about giving us the finger and more time on their
songcraft. Beatles' movie-era-styled numbers also
reign, the most "photogenic" of which
is "Three Hurtful Things".
As you hum
and toe tap along with this CD, you'll not need
to break down the meter of the lyrics or plum
literary depths for hidden meanings. The Unknown
Mystery 60's Group sing about stuff they know
in a straightforward, sometimes humorous manner.
For private memories, it's hard to be much more