Title - All Night Long: An Anthology 1965-1966
Artist - The Palace Guard
For those not in the know, Hawthorne, California, may be known as the hometown of the Beach Boys, but another 60s band of renown originated from that small city south of L.A., as well.
Garage rockers The Palace Guard only released six singles during their tenure, but their influence and legacy is undeniable.
Original members of the band included brothers Don, John and David Beaudoin, their roommate Mike Conley, drummer Emitt Rhodes, bass guitarist Rick Moser, and lead guitarist Chuck McClung.
The band signed to Orange-Empire Records after months of local gigging and those recordings became some of the most sought-after singles in the pantheon of garage-rock.
Even after Rhodes exit (for an acclaimed career with the Merry Go Round, and later as a solo artist), the Guard (as their fans called them) carried on as the house band at the Hullaballoo Club in Los Angeles, and played on Dick Clarks Where the Action Is.
They even backed Don Grady (Robbie from My Three Sons, lead singer of Yellow Balloon) on a classic, and hard-to-find, release and those tracks are included in the collection.
All Night Long: An Anthology 1965-1966, out May 21st, 2021 on Omnivore Recordings, collects all 12 sides of The Palace Guards output, remastered and restored by four-time Grammy Award winner Michael Graves, presenting the band in the best sound available.
1. All Night Long
3. A Girl You Can Depend On
4. If You Need Me
5. Falling Sugar
6. Oh Blue (The Way I Feel Tonight)
7. Saturdays Child
8. Party Lights
11. Little People (Don Grady and the Palace Guard)
12. Summertime Game (Don Grady and the Palace Guard)
Opening on the free wheeling love of All Night Long and the lush mid-tempo Playgirl, they back those up with the balladeering of A Girl You Can Depend On, the slow poke If You Need Me, the finger-snappin Falling Sugar and then we get the atmospheric Oh Blue (The Way I Feel Tonight).
Next up is the pop funk of Saturdays Child and the hipster swing of Party Lights, which are in turn followed by the gentle hipsway of Calliope, the foot-stomper Greed, this quite brilliant flashback of an album rounding out on the gentle psych pop rock of Little People (Don Grady and the Palace Guard), closing on the gently fervent Summertime Game (Don Grady and the Palace Guard).
Packaging contains liner notes from Rick Moser explaining the history of the band. And with photos from his personal collection, as well as ephemera from the day, this is the complete Palace Guard story.
From the notes: This group of young men had the time of their lives enjoying their passion of music, small-time celebrity, and fun times. The band members were true friends to the end.
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