FIRST ALBUM!! ÓTIMA BANDA PSICODÉLICA DE BOSTON FORMADA EM 1967 COM O NOME DE "THE EBB TIDES" E POSTERIORMENTE "FLOWER POT"!! ÀS VÉSPERAS DE GRAVAR ESTE PRIMEIRO ALBUM, EM 1968, MUDARAM O NOME PARA "TANGERINE ZOO"!! OS CARAS FORAM CONVIDADOS PARA PARTICIPAR DO ETERNO FESTIVAL DE WOODSTOCK, PORÉM , INFELIZMENTE, MAS INFELIZMENTE MESMO, NÃO PUDERAM COMPARECER DEVIDO A COMPROMISSOS E SHOWS AGENDADOS ANTERIORMENTE AO CONVITE!! PERDEMOS TODOS NÓS!! EXCELENTE, RARO E RECOMENDADO VENENO PRA QUEM CURTE BOA PSICODELIA!!
Formed from members of The Ebb Tides and The Kidds (see separate entries), the Newport, Rhode Island-based Tangerine Zoo came together in late 1967. Sporting a line up of guitarists Robert Benevides and Wayne Gagnon, keyboard player Ronald Medeiros, drummer Donald Smith and bassist Tony Tavares (yep, same guy as was in the '70s soul outfit), the band attracted considerable attention on the local club circuit (Newport's Dorian's and Lucifers niteclubs), quickly scoring a contract with the Detroit-based Mainstream label.
Making their debut with 1968's cleverly titled "Tangerine Zoo", musically the album was a mixed success. As the primary writers, Gagnon and Mederios turned in a marginally interesting blend of garage, pop ("Please Don't Set Me Free") and psychedelic influences ("Trip To the Zoo", "The Flight" and " Crystalescent Heaven"). The absence of a distinctive lead singer coupled with the lack of a killer song didn't help the proceedings. On the other hand, the performances were all enthusiastic (check out "Nature's Children"), and "Mommy and Daddy" was easily one of the earliest slices of progressive rock we've ever heard. As was standard marketing procedure, the LP was rounded out by a couple of popular covers, including a meltdown version of Them's "Gloria" (check out the stunning feedback laced guitar) and equally nifty take on The Miracles' "One More Heartache".
ROBERT BENEVIDES (*) ld gtr, bs, vcls A B
WAYNE GAGNON gtr, vcls A B
RONALD MEDEIROS hrmnca, organ, vcls A B
DONALD SMITH drms, vcls A B
TONY TAVARES bs, gtr A
NB: (*) shown as Benevedes on the second album.
02 Trip To The Zoo
03 Please Don't Set Me Free
04 Nature's Children
05 The Flight
06 Mommy And Daddy
07 Symphonic Psyche
08 Crystalescent Heaven
09 One More Heartache