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Whatt Four - Dandelion Wine (1967)

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Published on Dec 6, 2009

The Whatt Four released two amazing 45s in '66 and '67, both regional hits on KFXM in San Bernardino.

They cut two originals for their first 45 on producer Gary Paxton's own ESP label. "You Better Stop Your Messin' Around" alternates between moody verses, deadly lyrics ("you say you're shopping, but ... someone else is buying you!") and an upbeat chorus. Great harmonies and a driving bass line really propel this track. It was backed with the raver "Our Love Should Last Forever", featuring Tom Ference's slamming drum beats and John Langdon's piercing guitar work.

Their next 45 went straight to national release on Mercury. "Dandelion Wine" is a tripped-out gem, sounding like a mix of Donovan and the kitchen-sink production of the Stones' Her Satanic Majesties Request, but with greater focus than most of that LP. It was written by Jerry Scheff, a member of bands like Goldenrod, the Millennium, Friar Tuck and later Elvis Presley's touring band. For the flip of "Dandelion Wine" we have "You're Wishin' I Was Someone Else", a Greg Sanders original that would have qualified as the A-side for nearly any other group.

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