Sons of Adam: Moxie Ep (Compilation, Raw Psych-Garage)

PAY ATTENTION: Michael Stuart's pre-Love band and Randy Holden pre-Blue Cheer era.


Releasing a few obscure singles in the mid-'60s, this Los Angeles psychedelic band is primarily remembered for just two things. Their guitarist, Randy Holden, went on to Blue Cheer, and they recorded an Arthur Lee composition, "Feathered Fish," which Love never released in their own version. The slim evidence that survives on record suggests they were a good band, though, striking a midpoint between garage pop and California freakouts, and employing distortion and feedback when those traits were still innovative. Their material has been very hard to come by, although an EP reissue appeared in 1980s; someone should reissue their singles on CD, or pad them out with any available unreleased tapes to make an album compilation.

The Sons of Adam' came from Nottingham and played the California on May 8th 1965.
Drummer Mick Franks says:
I went on to play with Sons and Lovers from 1966 and we were support act to Shirley Bassey when she toured England in 1971. We also worked during that period with Ronnie Corbett in Pantomime and summer season.
On 25th. March 1967 we were support band to Jimi Hendrix.
Would you believe we are still playing! We have as lead vocalist Phil Wright who sang Billy Don't Be A Hero with Paper Lace. We play songs of the Drifters, Beach Boys, Four Seasons etc.

About Randy...

After a couple of surf singles with the Fender IV that featured his inventive reverbed fretting, Holden joined the Sons of Adam, a Los Angeles band that cut three decent garage-psychedelic singles. Holden's characteristic Jeff Beck-like sustain can already be heard on these, the best known of which is "Feathered Fish," which was penned by Arthur Lee of Love (although Love never recorded it). When the Sons of Adam broke up, drummer Michael Stuart, in fact, joined Love, while Holden joined the underrated punky San Francisco psychedelic band the Other Half. His searing, suspended leads are the highlights of their sole album (they also recorded a few single-only songs).

THE SONS OF ADAM - Words by Michael Stuart-Ware, taken from his book.

The place was packed and the crowd was in the palm of their hands. At that moment I had to have been thinking, “Man, I would give anything to play drums with the Fender Four.” I mean, they were dynamite.
Randy not only looked unique, but his playing style was unique as well. He taught himself to play guitar, note by note, from records, and then he taught Jack and Mike their rhythm guitar and bass parts for each song. Extremely focused, Randy was a dynamic and powerfully talented guitarist. Blessed with blazing speed, his hands always shook just a little when he wasn’t playing, as if they couldn’t wait, such was the level of his intensity; and he hit the right note every time. He was a consummate perfectionist who hated leaving anything to chance. A groundbreaker of heavy metal, his product was fire and the guitar was his incendiary device. He was awesome every night.
Jack Ttana was our rhythm guitarist. The showman of the group. Great stage presence and personality. Conjure up a mental image of Frank Sinatra, with long hair and glasses, and you’ll have a rough visual concept of Jack. In fact, he even had a framed picture of himself in a Frank Sinatra pose on his bureau.
Mike Port was our bass player. Thin, soft features, baby face, gentle, expression, but the other guys had filled me in. As a kid, Mike was forced to fight his way through one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Baltimore everyday, to get to the store and buy his Mom a pack of camels, so he got tough. (more in his book)

Six of their rare songs, probably dubbed from the vinyl of the original singles. "Baby Show the World" is first-class psychedelic raunch; "Take My Hand" is a poppy number with nice harmonies that sounds kind of like a raw, garage-psychedelic Monkees; and "Saturday's Son," their best track, is a taut, Love-ish rocker with both harmonies and hard-driving guitars. Things get even more Love-ish, naturally, on their cover of the Arthur Lee-penned "Feathered Fish," which guitarist Randy Holden would also record with his next band, the Other Half. This seven-inch EP reissue is hard to find these days, but is definitely worth picking up if you're into rare psychedelia or garage music, as they were one of the best California bands that didn't last or succeed for one reason or another.

Buy this album (mmm, perhaps not, if you find a link, let me know)


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Anonymous said...

i've heard this one before, and it's really quite good.

The Bomber said...

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sbarbara19 said...

hola, me has alegrado el día ¡¡¡¡¡pedazo de disco!!!!! gracias por colocarlo

Maximiliano said...

Randy Holden estuvo en dos bandas antes de Blue Cheer, una era Fender IV (surf rock) y la otra
Sons Of Adam (garage).
Mis preferidas de los Sons son,
"Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" y "Baby Show the World" esta ultima con una alta dosis de fuzz y la forma de cantar de recuerda mucho a Love, pero quizas solo sea cosa mia.
Felicitaciones Pablo!

The Bomber said...

thats incorrect budy, please dont come here if u believe that ... ill put the source if theres any case i lll get it and mirror it. So, dont need to be rude, why did u download it if u already have it ? ? ?
the covers are also from that (wonderful) blog? dont think so ...


Mateus Paul said...

Incrível este EP! Não conhecia a banda, embora "You're a Better Man Than I" e "Feathered Fish" me pareçam velhos clássicos garageiros!!
A minha favorita é faixa 6 ("Take My Hand")!
Mais uma vez, obrigado por compartilhar boas obscuridades dos 60s!!!

last lagart said...

buenisimo pablo.. estoy disfrutando este pedazo de DISCAZO


Anonymous said...

Outstanding set

Anonymous said...

Sons Of Adam is a fantastic treasure for me, so thanks so much!!!

BJB1949 said...

I hung out with the Fender IV (and then knew them as The Sons Of Adam) in the 1960s and early 1970s. Jack Ttanna's real name, which he used during most of the 1960s is Joe Kooken. Joe kept the group together and was the real brains of the group. They had a unique sound and were dead serious about their music. I first met them when they opened for The Stones in 1964, here in L.A. I recently heard that Joe wasn't doing well. Glad to see people are still interested in the guys.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure many people will have spotted this but just in case there are any who haven't. The notes are confused because there was also a British "Sons Of Adam". Next to the picture of the black sleeve it begins "The Sons of Adam' came from Nottingham and played the California on May 8th 1965" This is nothing to do with the American "Sons Of Adam".

Anthony Harland

The Bomber said...

Uh.. yeah, read about it Anthony, thanks for your info, anything more we need to know ?

Ricardo said...

Increíble Pablo, no tenía por donde más buscar esta joyita, me gustan todas las etapas de Holden como guitarrista, pasando por el surf rock, el garage y el mejor rock ácido, es un grande!

Muchas gracias ! Saludos desde Chile

The Bomber said...

Coincido con vos Ricardo!
The Other Half es altamente recomendado tambien!

;) saludazos

Mark said...

Wow its really nice article...