Sing Me A Rainbow: A Trident Anthology 1965-1967 Various Artists (Trident)

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World
Genre:
Psych / Garage
Label:
Big Beat
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDWIK2 283

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Previous volumes in the Nuggets From The Golden State series devoted to the late Frank Werber’s Trident Productions have been enthusiastically received, and Big Beat is proud to issue the best of the rest in this double CD package, “Sing Me A Rainbow: A Trident Anthology 1965-67”.

Werber formed Trident Productions in 1964 and dissolved it in late 1967. As manager and ‘fourth member’ of the incredibly successful Kingston Trio, he had taken the act’s profits and invested them on their behalf in a range of intellectual properties, such as publishing, and physical ones, such as the Trident Restaurant in Sausalito and, most significantly, the flat iron Columbus Tower building in San Francisco’s North Beach district. With the production company, Werber wanted to apply his proven management abilities to a new wave of artists, but he didn’t bargain with how different, and contrary, that next generation might be. Based as it was in the San Francisco of the mid-1960s, Trident was at once in the vanguard of rock’s next phase, and a victim of it. The organization only foundered because, after ten years at the top of his profession, the man driving the whole shebang didn’t want to play the game anymore.

Based on a thorough investigation of his catalogue, this collection documents Werber’s attempts to create a Brill Building-like production line of writers, producers and acts, though focused on the new folk-rock San Francisco sound. His flagship artist in this regard was the hugely popular We Five, and the comp includes rare mono single and album mixes not previously on CD. Cuts by the Mystery Trend, Sons Of Champlin and Blackburn & Snow are also previously unissued rarities that are not featured on their respective anthologies.

Werber believed in nurturing his handpicked acts, and we have included his best examples here, such as the Justice League, the San Franciscans, the Front Line and the Tricycle. Outside of We Five, none of Trident’s acts had any success. Yet, although Sing Me A Rainbow contains 95% unissued material, it is a surprisingly strong and accomplished set of folk rock, pop and garage band sounds with a San Francisco flavour. There is also a rare folk rock experiment by Kingston Trio member John Stewart and selected demos by hopefuls who auditioned for Trident, including Thorinshield, The All Nite Flight and The New Tweedy Brothers.

By Alec Palao

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    You Were On My Mind - We Five

  • 02
    Leave Me Alone - John Stewart & Randy Steirling

  • 03
    Need You No More - The Front Line

  • 04
    I Love You So - The San Franciscans

  • 05
    Stranger In A Strange Land (Demo) - Blackburn And Snow

  • 06
    She's Mine - The Herb Jackson Group

  • 07
    I Don't Care - The Front Line

  • 08
    If You Lie - The San Franciscans

  • 09
    You Let A Love Burn Out - We Five

  • 10
    Got Love - The Front Line

  • 11
    Green Monday - Randy Steirling

  • 12
    It's So Hard (Alt) - Blackburn And Snow

  • 13
    Love Me Not Tomorrow - The Justice League

  • 14
    Five Will Get You Ten - We Five

  • 15
    Brave New World - Thorinshield

  • 16
    Places I've Been - Randy Steirling

  • 17
    Carrots On A String (Alt) - The Mystery Trend

  • 18
    I'll Make You Happy - Frank May

  • 19
    I Really Want You - The Justice League

  • 20
    Sing Me A Rainbow (Alt vocal) - The Sons Of Champlin

  • 21
    Letters - The New Tweedy Brothers

  • 22
    MGM Verve Presentation: Green Monday/Sing Me A Rainbow/Fat City/I'll Cry Instead/Sure Or Sorry/House On A Hill/Johnny Was A Good Boy/Wednesday - Eighth/Favela - Various

Side 2

  • 01
    Stranger In A Strange Land - Blackburn And Snow

  • 02
    There Stands The Door - We Five

  • 03
    Time - The New Tweedy Brothers

  • 04
    Johnny Was A Good Boy - The Mystery Trend

  • 05
    Thinkin' It Over - The Justice League

  • 06
    Wrong My Friend - Thorinshield

  • 07
    Here I Stand - The All Nite Flight

  • 08
    What's Goin' On - We Five

  • 09
    This Time - Ron Davies

  • 10
    Mambo For Marion (Ref vocal) - The Mystery Trend

  • 11
    Can't Get Over How You Left Me - The Justice League

  • 12
    Go And Hide - The Sons Of Champlin

  • 13
    All The Time - The Tricycle

  • 14
    Pleasant Avenue - Ron Davies

  • 15
    Not A Single Word - The Tricycle

  • 16
    She's On My Mind - The Crystal Set

  • 17
    Time - Blackburn And Snow

  • 18
    61 Clay - Ron Nagle

  • 19
    Peaceful Times - The Crystal Set

  • 20
    Somewhere - The Tricycle

  • 21
    See More Tomorrow (Backing track) - Blackburn And Snow

  • 22
    Shades Of Grey (Alt backing track) - The Sons Of Champlin

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