(Powder in 1968 - file under: Could've been, Might've Been, Should've Been)
A power trio from San Jose in 1968 whose sound bore a strong resemblance to The Who from their "Happy Jack" period.
Not a bad idea, but maybe the timing just wasn't right and the enthusiasm was going off in other directions. In 1968 power trios were on the wane (Blue Cheer being one who, despite a great debut, never quite caught on outside the West Coast - the notion that "being louder than god had it's drawbacks").
And as was the case with so much music at the time, the powers that were just didn't know what to make of them. So there was a lot of polite head scratching and perplexity going on.
A few years ago my friend Alec Palao put together a compilation of various demos and not-quite-issued singles from the band, known variously as Powder and The Art Collection, recorded between 1967 and 1969, from which this track "Turn Another Page" comes from. And what it did was cast light on what was truly a talented outfit, capable of achieving much notoriety. But sadly, history had other plans.
I can't think of a better way to start the week.