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INDEX - RAINY, STARLESS NIGHTS / 1967

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INDEX - RAINY, STARLESS NIGHTS (INCLUDED ON THE COMPILATION ALBUM "BLACK ALBUM RED ALBUM YESTERDAY AND TODAY", RELEASED IN 2010) ORIGINALLY INCLUDED ON THE ALBUM "BLACK ALBUM", RELEASED IN 1967 PSYCHEDELIC ROCK / GARAGE ROCK U.S.A. Tracks : The Black Album 1. Eight Miles High (J. McGuinn, D, Crosby, G. Clark) - 3:33 2. Israeli Blues (John B. Ford) - 4:05 3. John Riley (Bob Gibson R. Neff) - 4:00 4. Turquoise Feline (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 3:30 5. Rainy, Starless Nights (John B. Ford) - 2:25 6. Fire Eyes (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:08 7. Shock Wave (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 3:20 8. You Keep Me Hanging On (B. Holland, L. Dozier, E. Holland) - 3:00 9. Feedback (John B. Ford) - 4:50 The Red Album 10.Turquoise Feline (John B. Ford, Jim Valice, Tom Ballew) - 3:50 11.I Can't See Nobody (Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb) - 3:00 12.Spoonful (W. Dixon) - 4:50 13.Eight Miles High (J. McGuinn, D, Crosby, G. Clark) - 3:33 14.New York Mining Disaster (Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb) - 3:20 15.Paradise Beach (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 3:30 16.Break Out (John B. Ford, Jim Valice, Tom Ballew) - 2:45 17.I Love You (John B. Ford) - 3.40 18.Rainy, Starless Nights (John B. Ford) - 3:10 Disc 2 Yesterday and Today 1. Jill (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:37 2. Long Tall Shorty (R. Davies) 3:38 3. Mustang Sally (Sir Mack Rice) - 2:42 4. You Like Me Too Much (G. Harrison) - 2:10 5. Yesterday and Today (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:19 6. It's All In Your Mind (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:08 7.1 Got You (I Feel Good) (J. Brown) - 2.39 8. Dear Friend (P. McCartney) - 3:03 9. Yesterday and Today (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:09 10.I Met a Man (David Crosby) - 3:04 11.Morning Dew (B. Dobson) - 3:14 12.I Used to Be a King (G. Nash) - 2.53 13.431 Lakeshore Drive (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:47 14.Don't You Know (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 4:43 15.Sunny Skies (James Taylor) - 4:14 16.Kick It Out (John B. Ford, Jim Valice) - 2:58 17.Helplessly Hoping (S. Stills) 2:38 Index : *Jim Valice - Drums, Backing Vocals *Gary Francis - Guitars. Bass, 12-String Guitar *John B. Ford - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals *Tom Ballew - Bass (only on the "Red" album) INDEX were a popular local psych rock group from Grosse Pointe, an affluent suburb outside of the Detroit, Michigan area. Their debut album, commonly referred to as "The Black Album," was released in December of 1967. The group consisted of drummer Jim Valice and guitarists Gary Francis and John Ford. 150 original LPs were pressed on DC Records, making this album very rare and super expensive."The Black Album" was recorded in mono using a reel-to-reel tape recorder. This primitive, underproduced recording technique has only added to the album's mysterious, acid drenched mystique. Gary Francis played a Gibson 12 string electric guitar on most of the album's tracks, which were recorded in the ballroom of the Ford Estate. Of the 9 tracks, 4 are instrumentals while the remaining 5 tracks were recorded with vocal arrangements. Most of the album's tracks are quality originals although INDEX adds some interesting basement-garage-raga-surf sounds to well known standards such as "Eight Miles High," "You Keep Me Hangin On" and "John Riley." "Eight Miles High" is probably INDEX's best known track, being full of superb raga guitar work and downbeat amateur vocals. Other than the Byrds' original, this is probably the best version of this song I've heard but kudos to English band East of Eden, who recorded a very fine unreleased take of "Eight Miles High" in 1969. "Feedback," another popular track that received limited airplay back in the late 60s, is an explosive, feedback laden monster (instrumental) that sounds like the Velvet Underground circa 1968. Other fine tracks are the acid surf instro "Israeli Blues," psychedelic folk-rockers "Fire Eyes" and "Rainy, Starless Night" and the wah-wah crazed "Turquoise Feline." INDEX is without doubt one of the classic "must own" American psych ...