Nights at the Roundtable with The Koobas. Former Liverpool Beat group, formed in 1962 went from neo-British Invasion to R&B to Pop, to Psychedelic - all in one decade.
December 30, 2011

The Koobas - lesser luminaries, but don't tell that to collectors.

Continuing our week of "being all over the place", here's a nod to one of the stalwarts and lesser-knowns (at least in the States and among mainstream collectors) of the 60's. The Koobas (or Kubas as they were known in 1962) were contemporaries of The Beatles, even down to being from Liverpool and managed for a time by Brian Epstein. But since they were part of the acknowledged British Invasion of the 1963-1965 period, they got overlooked in the flood of bands that materialized and angled for the ears of eager listeners who weren't exactly sold on The Koobas contributions.

They did however, morph into a few genres before calling it a day. Starting off as the aforementioned Beat Group, they then gradually got into a quasi-R&B/Blue-eyed Soul thing before dabbling in pop and finally jumping head first into Psychedelia.

Tonight it's from their Psychedelic period. Their 1969 album Barricades from which the title track is on the player. Sadly, the band broke up just prior to Barricades being released with members going off and joining other bands.

A good band that got somewhat lost in the shuffle - but never too late to be discovered by interested listeners. Lucky for you they've been reissued in recent years. Their original vinyl albums and singles were going for a fortune.

Making discoveries is a lot cheaper these days.

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