The Dovers: We`re not just anybody (Compilation)


Something bout the concept of "doving" or being a "dover" appealed to musicians in both the garage rock and doo wop genres, indicating that the vast gap between street corner and garage can be spanned, providing the concept is vague enough. Thus the existence of at least two different doo wop groups called the Dovers, who sometimes obscure the fine rock group of the same name that came out of the free-flowing Santa Barbara scene of the mid-'60s. Without a doubt, the Beatles were the dominant influence on the band, who started out calling themselves the Vandells. Apparently the latter name, in addition to potentially serving as an escape valve from the confusion with the doo wop scene, might also describe the tactics of record collectors when it comes to procuring copies of the sides this band originally cut for the Miramar label. In garage rock, the Dovers are apparently the equivalent of the strongest French cheese, the original singles too expensive to purchase, the group's songs too personal for cover bands to attempt.

Most followers of garage rock hear the Dovers on compilation collections; "She's Gone" and "She's Not Just Anybody" are two titles that show the band flowing in the mainstream of rock and roll thought patterns for this era. Bands were fascinated with "chicks" -- "She's Not There," "She's a Rainbow," and so on and so forth. Drummer Rick Morinini was one of the first original members to leave the group. His replacement, Randy Busby, saw this as a step up from his gig with Ernie and the Emperors. Busby's period in the band includes some good raga rock. The group's last sessions were in May of 1966. Original bassist Robbie Laudewig died in the late '80s. In 2001, the Misty Lane label released a complete collection of the group's material.


The Dovers are rightly revered among collectors for having released a few of the finest obscure pop-oriented singles in the '60s garage rock style. All eight of the tracks from their four rare 45s are on this 10" LP. The best of the songs -- "She's Gone," "She's Not Just Anybody," and "What Am I Going to Do" -- were all among the best such singles to combine heavily Beatles/Byrds-influenced guitars, melodies, and vocals with a distinctively self-pitying teen garage sullenness. As is often the case when a thorough compilation of such a garage group is assembled, however, it also turns out that the three songs that were previously given the heaviest exposure on various-artist '60s garage anthologies are the best by a clear margin. In this instance, those songs are the aforementioned "She's Gone," "She's Not Just Anybody," and "What Am I Going to Do," all of which appeared on the original series of Pebbles LPs about 20 years before this Italian album was issued. Still, the other songs have their merits, especially in the Byrds-like guitar riffs, and "The Third Eye" in particular shows a psychedelic raga-rock influence that the group might have developed more had they continued to put out records.

The music of the Dovers is still as fresh and exciting today as it must have been upon its initial release in 1965-1966. Prior to Misty Lane Records’ complete recorded output LP reissue in 2003, however, the Dovers were the mystery band of note for 1960’s garage band collectors. They managed to release four singles – and all eight sides are fantastic examples of ‘60’s folk/raga/acid/garage rock. Mike Markesich provided a nice history of the group in the liner notes to the Misty Lane LP, but when the opportunity presented itself to ask members of the band some questions we quickly jumped at the chance. (Beyond the Beat Gen)



Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

Gracias por tu comentario, estas invitado a ver otras paginas por supuesto, los albumes que posteo los tengo en mi coleccion, algunos ripeo de vinilo otro de c-disc, amigo no te aparezcas por estos lados. Gente como vos no es bienvenida.
Saludos y que sigas bien

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...


Anonymous said...

rapidshare.de is ZERO.
rapidshare.com is GOOD.
Do you know why 2 rapidshare ?.
Perhaps a situation of more than 10 years ago when there was a wall in Berlin?.

Anonymous said...

What a fuck is this stupid comment?? ? nonsense, awful and silly...man you have to stop being silly... theres no point in leaving this kind of comments. Pablo is doing a great work here and you ruined that with this disgusting lines, i dont understand, can anyone explain me those lines.

Sir Pep, but the 2nd

imadouchebag said...

Great blog, thanks for this one. Always wanted to hear more from this group; "What Am I Going To Do" is a classic!

Anonymous said...

Silence please the son of Pep Tonic has spoken.It was only a question on the 2 rapidshare.Of course Pablo is doing a great work.And Pep if too much sun today put a hat on your head.

Anonymous said...

easy boys easy...its suppost not to fight, just to share opinions of the music and sharing, thats the idea.

Calm down man, no need to say bad words.

aldo said...

There are many great posts here...I bought most of these records too...and i try to leave comments on the "new ones" for me but this one deserves a comment anyway:
Their "Third eye", as you can imagine, is a FANTASTIC SLICE OF PSYCH PUNK!
it hardly gets any better!

Ricardo said...


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Amazing thanks I've been searching for this album for some time.

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Candle In The Dark said...

Thanks so much for this site, I really enjoyed hearing the Dovers, what a shame they didn't catch on.

the family cat said...

I like to hear any bands influenced by the Beatles.I never heard of these but will try them out

Pablo"Pochola"Cazorla said...

thanks for your comments cat family... yes this is the place if you want to check bands influenced beatlesq!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Man!

Ryan Shepard said...

Man - that break in the middle of "Your Love" is 10 seconds of pure
bliss! Thanks for posting this.

Pablo Cazorla (a.k.a. The Bomber) said...

totally agree!!!
great that someone mention that !

thanks for visiting Ryan!
Cheers mate
hope to see you more often.

Anonymous said...

Please re-post so we can hear the music -- and much thanks!

John in Seattle