Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Cleo – I Don’t Mind/Take It Easy -Obscure US Powerpop 1973

Cleo –I Don’t Mind/Take It Easy –Garlin Records GSP 108 (US 1973)

Apart from a link to a Van Nuys newspaper article from 1973, there is zilch in terms of information on this one. Its total obscurity doesn’t increase its musical merit, but both sides are rare examples of early 70s Beat updates, however its Californian provenance soaks up the prevalent atmosphere of the time while showing similarities with the burgeoning Powerpop ethics of the likes of Blue Ash, or The Raspberries on a national level.

I don’t Mind is the more obvious 60s beat update number, similar to the Poppees, while Take It Easy has a beefier White album grounding with a more contemporary Californian feel in the chorus. Neither tracks re-write history in any way, but are further examples of succinct pop induced ditties of which there are bound to be further examples remaining to be uncovered out there

Hear a full version of I Don't Mind

Hear a full version of Take It Easy

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