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Friday, April 17, 2020

One Of Hours ‎- When You Hear The Music, It's Yours (1967-68 us, fantastic psych garage rock, 2019 release)

One of Hours were a Stonewall neighborhood band from Lexington’s south side. Formed in 1966, the three core members of the original lineup had been playing in a prior group called the 7 Suns performing primarily rock ‘n roll and early rhythm and blues covers for fraternity parties and special occasions.

Shawn Foreman, Lexington Catholic HS Class of ’64, recruited his 7 Suns bandmates David Bogliole and Dave Flynn (both still Seniors at Catholic) and formed One of Hours. The band was fleshed out with the addition of Lafayette HS grad Carol Craig on vocals and Georgetown College student Robert Nelson on drums.

Searching for a new sound, the band worked on lyrics and arrangements as a unit. There was no designated ‘leader’ of the group, but Foreman is generally credited as the creative force behind the band’s sound and direction.

A young man of only 20, Foreman was the embodiment of his Pisces birth – a true poet and artist. Image was everything and he was obsessed with the British Invasion and the fashion that came along with it. The band had to have the right clothes, Chelsea boots, and (since he had short, wiry hair) he would often don a mod Beatle-cut wig for photos and studio hangouts. He prowled the streets in a ’57 Cadillac hearse (appropriate since he had already earned a certificate in Mortuary Science after a short stay in Louisville) and used his ride to haul the band’s equipment to practice and gigs.

Shawn Foreman was the youngest of two boys. His family moved to Kentucky from Brooklyn’s Bensonhurst neighborhood. His Italian Catholic mother Fulvia was a gifted pianist in the church and Shawn was also classically trained. His mother was very supportive of his musical interests and nurtured the band providing the use of the family’s basement, plenty of hot meals, and even helped with sewing outfits for the group during the early days.

The band walked into the newly founded Chetwyd studio (originally located at 1611 Fortune Drive in the Regency area of Southland) to record what would be the first release on the label. Ed Commons – a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, transplant – had already been working in radio and had a small jazz label there. A young entrepreneur, Commons was only 28 when he set up shop in his mother’s basement. His fledgling label would eventually produce eight singles, one EP, and at least four albums ranging from folk, jazz, soul, and garage/psych.

“It’s Best” b/w “Trifolia” was released in 1966. It is hard to pin down a direct influence from the band. Both sides have a dreamy, breezy psych pop Baroque feel unlike anything happening in Lexington at the time. The lyrics are imaginative and translucent with a lost-at-sea sound from the band. This complexity was intentional since, unlike other bands in the area, One of Hours were primarily a studio group. They played a few outings but were mostly interested in recording, writing, working on arrangements and experimenting with sound.

Bob Willcutt from Washington D.C. would join the group on guitar for their second and final release. Bob was at age 18 already a talented guitar player and prior had recorded with a group called the Curfews, a D.C. band with two garage 45s on the Montgomery label.

One of Hours already had a rough draft of the song “Feel the Pain” by 1967 when Bob made the scene to add the scorching guitar breaks and menacing feel to the track. Bob recalls working with the band and having “a great version of the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’ worked up with extra fuzz tone.” He also remembers an upstairs shop at the intersection of High and Rose where a guy was making boutique effects pedals and having Willcutt come and ‘audition’ them for him.

By the summer of ’67 the single “Feel the Pain / Psychedelic Illusion” was released. “Feel the Pain” having a direct “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” influence would be considered the A-side and the haunting, shimmering “Psychedelic Illusion”, which was made up almost on the spot with lyrics by Foreman and 12-string guitar courtesy of Willcutt. With nice bubbling bass lines from Bogliole and an organ dirge break from Shawn, this is a hidden gem on the two-sider.

500 copies were pressed at Recordings Incorporated pressing plant in Baltimore. Though distribution was slim, the record was getting some airplay on local Lexington radio station WLAP and by DJ Denny Mitchell on WVLK’s ‘Denny’s Den.’ The groups effort cracked the local Top 40 and a photo of the band was featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader upon the release of the new single.

Shortly after “Feel the Pain / Psychedelic Illusion”, the band morphed again adding new members and losing others. A name change to Dandelion Wine cemented the new lineup. By ’68 the band was traveling to D.C. to try and make a bigger city splash. Opening up for the likes of the Cherry People and Iron Butterfly, the group settled in an apartment there for a short time. The Civil Rights movement and accompanying race riots, protest marches and normal D.C. politics created an unusually chaotic time in the city and the band retreated back to Lexington and familiar territory.

Not missing a beat, Dandelion Wine played a memorable dance party at UK complete with a full psychedelic light rig, black lights and day glo painted dancers. They also quickly slid back into the studio to record an LP’s worth of unreleased material – “When You Hear the Music It’s Yours.” More progressive and art rock oriented with the sounds of the late ‘60s, it took 50 years but Willcutt has made it available on the internet digitized from a quarter inch tape of the original master.

By 1970 the band was dissolved. Shawn Foreman took off for California with the Dandelion Wine master in hopes of finding a record deal. It is also believed that he had many of the copies of the second One of Hours singles with him at the time as well. Foreman would be heard from one more time with his album of DIY electronic compositions “Transistor-Jet Strikes Back” before his untimely death at age 38 in June of 1985.

David Bogliole stayed in Lexington and became a practicing architect.

Dave Flynn continued to play music and joined several local country rock bands over the years.

Bob Willcutt continued to play guitar and was also in several soul/rock and country rock bands in the area including one with a Lemco release – B.W. Cat. He opened a guitar shop in the Southland area in the 1970s and remains in business today.

Robert Nelson moved to Arizona and continues to play drums in a wedding band dubbed Blue Passion.

Label owner Ed Commons is still in the music recording business and is the sound engineer for Red Barn Radio an old-time string band and Americana themed live broadcast and variety show in downtown Lexington at Arts Place. 
by Lee Bryant 

1. When Your Hear The Music, It's Yours - 5:35
2. Mother Said - 2:26
3. Love Is Real - 2:15
4. Two Heads For 35 Cents - 2:34
5. Mary Jane Like A Woman - 3:25
6. Cry - 2:41
7. Within My Garden - 3:42
8. Little Willie - 3:35
9. Kazoo Man - 2:41
10.Sweet Dragonfly - 3:23
11.Incense C-19x - 2:02
12.A Way To Leave At Last - 3:31
All compositions by Bob Willcutt, Shawn Foreman, David Bogliole, Dave Flynn, Robert Nelson  

One Of Hours
*Bob Willcutt - Guitars
*Shawn Foreman - Hammond Organ, Piano, Flute
*David Bogliole - Bass
*Davy Randolph - Drums
*Vance Arnett - Lead Vocals

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Alexandr said...

Thanks, Marios.

Jamie (tacobueno) said...

Thank you Marios - this is a completely new one to me. Appreciate it!

jose kortozirkuito said...

Hi Marios
I follow your blog from the beginning and I have always admired the quality of your work. Your blog has been a model for many others. But now I see that you have changed the download servers for two of very doubtful reputation, many problems for the download. In one day I have not been able to download this disc. What is the reason for the change? Are there no friendlier servers? Most bloggers use servers easily accessible to the public.
For the sake of your blog and your followers, I think you should ponder this question.
Thank you very much also for all the music I have known thanks to Rockasteria.
Greetings from Spain.

ComadrejaPep said...

Very good post!! Thankx.

Marios said...

jose kortozirkuito, Thank you very much, as for the hosts I use are the most reliable at this time.

jose kortozirkuito said...

Low speed, "capchas" many times impossible, cuts in the discharge and again to start. Very long waiting times ...
It is possible that the 40 Dollars that Turbobit gives for 1000 downloads, can be a good bait, but it is all because of the despair of your followers.
I decided a long time ago not to contribute to these servers.
I use Mediafire and Drive, and have never had a problem.

It is a pity for me, having to do without your contributions, because they have a lot of quality.


babelain said...

Hola, Marios. También soy un seguidor de tu blog desde hace muchos años. Estoy de acuerdo con Jose Kortozirkuito. esos servidores me dan muchos problemas. Y es cierto que tanto Mediafire como Drive van muy bien.
Gracias por tu contribución a distribuir una música maravillosa durante tantos años.


montysmusic said...

Thanks for the share but too many risks using these servers ..its shame as the write up of the album is brilliant

Daniel said...

I have to agree with those that say that the servers made it impossible to download anything. your work is impecable, the reviews and the records your post are really great. So it's really a shame that we can't enjoy the music you post because we can't download the music. Please consider uploading to other more friendly and fast pages, like goggle drive or mediafire.
I wish I cuold say I enjoyed the music but i tried to download it three times and after jumping all the loops I found that it will hours to download. The downloads cut at some point and you have to start all over again. It really pity

Miguel López Pérez said...

I totally agree with Jose.

Brayan said...

hello, I agree with Jose, I suggest that you please upload the albums on a server like mediafire, my friend the mediafire or zippyshare servers work correctly, also the captchas are really annoying, it is just a suggestion with what he says

hola , estoy de acuerdo con Jose, sugiero que por favor suban los albumes en un servidor como mediafire , a mi amigo le funcionan correctamente los servidores de mediafire o zippyshare , ademas los captchas son realmente molestos, es solo una sugerencia con lo que el afirma

HAAR said...

Hi !

Thank you for this..
Also ı have a blog since 2014
It is in your blog list as"GOODMUSİC FROM EARTH"
But ı closed this blog at the end of 2018 due to some technical reasons and opened a new one on January 2019 as " GOOD MUSIC FROM HAAR"
I kindly request you to change the name and link in your blog list as "GOOD MUSIC FROM HAAR" and the new link as:
Thanks in advance..
Stay safe ın these Corona days!

katetoscopio said...

Hi Marios.
Rockasteria is Rockasteria, one of the best. I do not even have to look at the psw (I know it by heart), and that I do not usually download many things, I visit you, I read and I learn. But I agree with Jose. Servers often make it impossible to hear such great music. A hug from the cookies. kk said...

As an owner of a blog and a nut follower of José Kortocircuito´s Tommenton, I totally agree with his vision. Never a problem when using servers as mediafire or drive. Main aim of downloading music (with appropiate and reliable servers) should be to facilitate accessing of its contents, otherwise it will become fruitless.

Antoni said...

Hi Marios:
Your Blog is one of the best in the world. But i agree with my friend Jose regarding downloads that are slow, and sometimes impossible.
A greeting


jose kortozirkuito said...

Hi Marios:
I see that you treat your visitors' comments with total contempt, not deigning to answer them.
It's a shame that such an honorable blog like Rockasteria falls so miserably. Fooling visitors with the Turbobit scam.
Are you only interested in money now? I know that in another time it was not like that.
That's how it works
And as another joke you have started with
I think you are abusing the good faith of your audience and you become an accessory to this deception.
Furthermore the taunt continues with
It is said that "Rectify is of the wise", I still trust your wisdom.
Maybe you want to be an accomplice to this deception and mockery, for a few dollars, but I do not want to be an indirect accomplice, so if you do not change your attitude, the only thing I can do is remove you from my Blogroll on my blog and keep the I remember that Rockasteria was one of the best blogs
You can do the same with mine. We are not on the same path.
I await response

Marios said...

No one is here by force, and no one is obliged to pay, it's totally free, I don't make money from this, I run my blogs with my choices. I will not apologize for something I do with love, mood, and dedicate a lot of time to making it better.
Thank you

jose kortozirkuito said...


kimon said...

''Τἀ αγαθἀ κὀποις κτὠνται''...παρακαλὠ άς ματαφράσει κἀποιος,δέν γνωρἰζω καλά αγγλικά.Σἐ ευχαριστὠ πολὐ Μάριε γιἀ τἠν πολὐχρονη,συνεχή καἰ διαρκἠ γενναιοδωρία σου,ἀν μἠ τί ἀλλο λοιπόν δέν πρἐπει νἀ είμαστε...αγνὠμονες

Marios said... pain no gain