The Hard Times - Blew Mind

The Hard Times - Blew Mind
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Folk-Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, Folk-Pop, Sunshine Pop
Blew Mind

San Diego's the Hard Times were a solid garage folk-rock outfit led by two gifted songwriters, Rudy Romero and Bill Richardson, but the band unfortunately never seemed to establish its own identity, drifting between folk-rock, sunshine pop, and a light psychedelia during its short history, breaking up almost immediately after releasing one album, 1967's Blew Mind, which is included here in its entirety along with a handful of non-album 45 releases, making this essentially the group's complete recorded output. There's a lot to like, certainly, from lovely covers of Bob Lind's "Come to Your Window" and Al Kooper's "Sad Sad Sunshine" (which is presented in both the album and single versions) to the spooky, atmospheric "Blew Mind," a Richardson original, and Romero's "Give to Me Your Love" (which was actually recorded under the group name New Phoenix and was produced by Mama Cass Elliot). There's also a lot to scratch one's head about, as well, like the odd, overly baroque version of "Candy Man" which opens this collection, a production approach that is also repeated on Hard Times' ill-advised cover of Donovan's "Colours." One can't help but wonder what might have happened if Romero and Richardson had been allowed to develop the band further on a second album, but that was not to be. When all is said and done, the Hard Times remain an intriguing footnote in the era between mid-'60s folk-rock and the emerging flower power scene of 1967 and 1968.

Candy Man / Fred Neil / Beverly "Ruby" RossThe Hard Times2:39
Here, There and Everywhere / John Lennon / Paul McCartneyThe Hard Times2:25
Play It for MeThe Hard Times2:08
Take a Look AroundThe Hard Times2:41
Fortune Teller / Naomi NevilleThe Hard Times2:29
GoodbyeThe Hard Times2:36
Not Me / B. RichardsonThe Hard Times2:17
ColoursThe Hard Times2:15
I'm Not a RockThe Hard Times2:35
Under the SunlightThe Hard Times2:09
Sad Sad Sunshine / Al KooperThe Hard Times3:00
Blew Mind / B. RichardsonThe Hard Times2:47
You're Bound to CryThe Hard Times2:51
There'll Be a Time / B. RichardsonThe Hard Times2:28
That's All I'll DoThe Hard Times2:30
Come to Your Window / Bob LindThe Hard Times2:29
They Said No / B. RichardsonThe Hard Times2:38
Sad Sad Sunshine / Al KooperThe Hard Times3:04
Fortune Teller / Naomi NevilleThe Hard Times2:34
GoodbyeThe Hard Times2:26
Give to Me Your LoveThe Hard Times3:09
ThanksThe Hard Times3:09