lördag 23 april 2011

The Factory - Path Through The Forest/Gone

The Factory - "Path Through The Forest/Gone" (UK 1968)

I guess anyone who shares my love of British psych have heard of this 45. The group started out as The Souvenir Badge Factory, but shortened their name to The Factory and signed to MGM and then CBS. The group's members were Ian Oates (guitar and song), Jack Brand (bass and song) and Bill MacLeod (drums). 

"Path Through The Forest" is one of the greatest British psych/freakbeat songs ever, even if the extended version is way better in my opinion. (MGM didn't wanted to release that version, they thought it was too spaced out. You can still find it on Youtube - search for 'factory path through the forest extended'.) The song appears on complications like 'Chocolate Soup For Diabetics Volume 3' and 'Nuggets 2 (Disc 3)'.

The B-side, "Gone", is a cover of a Paul Revere & The Raiders-song (Originally 'Gone - Movin' On' from their LP 'Revolution!' from '67), and they completely freaked it out! Love it!

However, The Factory never got the big break, and probably because they were too late. Their both 45s should have been released in '67 instead of '68-'69.

Hear 'Path Through The Forest': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xMGH1Ue8UA
Hear 'Gone': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYAPDPr23Rg

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