The Obscure 45-Year-Old Song by Some Oak Cliff Kids That Sold Yesterday For $3,122
|At the Studio Club on Sherry Lane in Preston Center, The Gentlemen were, from left to right, Tommy Turner on keybs, a kneeling Tim Justice on drums, Mike Kelley on guitars and vox (on "Cry'n Shame"), Bruce Bland on bass and Seab Meador on lead guitars and vocals.|
You can download the '66 single here courtesy drummer Tim Justice, among the Oak Cliff boys who made up the band fronted by would-be legend Seab Meador. Justice serves up a lengthy history-of, including tales of the band's opening for James Brown at Memorial Auditorium in '66 and how the kids from Kimball landed that recording "deal" with Vandan and how this perfectly prepped combo platter of "barnstorming drumming, scorching fuzz guitar complete with ripping break, bass alternately swooping and thumping [and] distinctive vocals" wound up becoming what The Onion's A.V. Club called not so long ago "one of the best garage tracks of the '60s -- from teenagers or otherwise."
And while The Official Single became semi-famous, the demo-version acetate -- recorded, like all Gentlemen sessions, at Boyd Recording Service -- has become extraordinarily valuable. George Gimarc shot me a note yesterday saying that mint copies of 'em -- and there are said to be but five in existence -- normally sell for around $800. But yesterday one went for upwards of $3,100 on eBay, this copy having once belonged to the band's roadie. Says George, "This version is superior, a more raw, ripped-out version of the record." And: "It's monster rare." I know how you can get your own copy right now ... for free.