Once upon a time (in the summer of ’65) there was a strange
haunting the basket houses of the West Village’s MacDougal
John Townley (later of The Magicians,
Apostolic Studios, scads
music) on electric guitar, ”Fiddler Jay” Ungar
(later of “Ashokan
Farewell” PBS Civil
War fame) on
electric fiddle, and the mysterious Gypsy Wayne on
paint can (an abbreviated, amplified washtub bass). Calling themselves
Psychedelic Rangers" (unbeknownst to, and mutually unaware of, the LA
group of the
same name that summer),
they played everything from
old-timey to Middle Eastern rock, before splitting up as swiftly as
John and Jay, along with Jay's wife Lyn Hardy, went on to record
Vanguard-Apostolic’s The Family of Apostolic
and subsequently formed a band called Ocean,
featuring Jay's searing fiddle and Lyn's soaring vocals,
album in 1969. Alas, the 11-cut effort never saw
the light of day.
The band broke up shortly after Woodstock, and Jay and Lyn continued on
as a duo. Ocean's
tape was lost during the subsequent demise of Apostolic Studios,
but one 7½ ips demo
copy was salvaged, from which this historical set has been taken. It
traditional offerings, plus a host of early originals penned by both
Jay and Lyn.
(Ungar) -- ...wind the
clock and all is well...
Beginning (Ungar) -- ...we had a place to wander...
Rampe (traditional Turkish) -- ...masha'Allah...
World Is Big (Ungar) -- ...and that's the small of it...
Amer.) -- ...starting me a graveyard of my own...
Stay Inside (Ungar) -- ...madness, seen through a
Slim, and Grim (Panchatantra story
music: variations of Rev. Gary Davis's "Slow Drag" ) --
...this lake has gone dry...
Behind (Ungar) -- ...look over your shoulder, you're
River Rats (Ungar) -- ...down by the sandy riverside...
The Way It Is (Ungar) -- ...it is that way...
Is A Time (Hardy)
-- ...where there is no one who is without love...
Jay Ungar --
electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Lyndon Hardy --
John Townley --
electric guitars, recorder, piano, vocals
Peter Smith --
electric guitar, oud, vocals
Jim Willis --
Billy Culhane --
Produced by John Townley
Apostolic Studios, Randy Rand, engineer
more of Jay
more of Lyn
more of John
more of John and Jay