CHAD & JEREMY The Arc (1968)


The Arc (1968)
Let’s Score Some Drugs

Last week we posted Chad & Jeremy’s Of Cabbages And Kings. We probably should have said why. It was one of dozens of albums that had been posted in our comments section over the years, and – before the file-sharing raid – we had planned to highlight of bunch of those hidden albums (we’ll still get to some of them). So, to make it available to everyone, I just popped in an All Music Guide review and threw it up. Alas… demand for some of Chad & Jeremy’s better music took hold, so here (as requested) is their far superior The Arc, from 1968. If Cabbages represented the downside of psychedelia (style over substance), then The Arc illustrated the genre’s promise (as an additional color palette for established styles). I still don’t have time to write this up, so you’re welcomed to in comments. This is the Japanese version with bonus mono single tracks. Since I’m still in Nilsson mode, I’ll point out the curious fate of “Sister Marie,” a Darrel Morrow tune covered by in 1968 by Chad & Jeremy, Nilsson and the Gary Usher/Curt Boettcher psych project, Sagittarius: Present Tense. Morrow must have thought he was the hottest commodity of the era with (at least) three artists clamoring for his tune. But not one of those cover versions ever made it to an album, as two were relegated to lost b-side status, and all three had to wait for the CD era to even be heard by most fans. Amazon has The Arc, as well as C&J’s 2009 re-recordings of material from this era, entitled ARK-eology.

The Emancipation Of Mr. X (2:21)
Sunstroke (4:10)
The Ark (4:52)
The Raven (1:30)
Imagination (2:48)
Painted Dayglow Smile (3:29)
Pipe Dream (3:35)
Transatlantic Trauma 1966 (3:21)
Sidewalk Requiem, Los Angeles, June 5th And 6th (3:05)
Pantheistic Study for Guitar And Large Bird (3:36)
Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course (3:20)
You Need Feet (4:32)
Painted Dayglow Smile (Mono Single) (2:32) – Bonus Track
Sister Marie (Mono Single) (3:03) – Bonus Track
You Need Feet (Mono Single) (3:00) – Bonus Track
Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course (Mono Single) (3:25) – Bonus Track

14 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    February 20, 2012 - 09:01 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    February 20, 2012 - 13:36 | Permalink

    Oh boy! The Ark!

  • 3
    MarcC
    February 20, 2012 - 14:26 | Permalink

    Curious – Your references to the album spell the title as “Ark”, but the cover photo is clearly “Arc”; Amazon’s cover photo is “Ark”. Is there a mesmerizing backstory here? By the way, thanks for everything!

  • 4
    Willard
    February 20, 2012 - 14:38 | Permalink

    Response 1:
    I lied… I stated “Let’s Score Some Drugs,” but I already had some.

    Response 2:
    Talk to C&J, they’re the ones that called their song “The Ark” and their re-recordings “ARK-eology.” Didn’t notice the different Amazon spelling. Obviously a manufacturer defect.

    Response 3:
    What are you talking about. Everything’s spelled OK… (now).

    Response 4:
    Thanks for the catch.

  • 5
    Gerald
    February 20, 2012 - 15:52 | Permalink

    Willard, I believe the correct title is: ‘The Ark’. It was either accidentally or intentionally misspelled in Canada. There’s a picture of both covers together at:

    http://thesethingstoo.blogspot.com/2011/03/record-collector-dreams-end-of-line.html

    Apparently it was decided to keep the misspelling on the cover of the rerelease, but the disc (k) has it as “the ark” . I found a picture (at Cover-Paradies) and uploaded it:

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=dwx3dd&s=5

    …and finally the song was always spelled, ‘the ark’ on the back cover.

    Thanks for the album! :)

    • 6
      Willard
      February 21, 2012 - 10:13 | Permalink

      Thanks Gerald. Sorry, because of the links the comment automatically got held up and it took me awhile to notice.

  • 7
    Gerald
    February 20, 2012 - 16:02 | Permalink

    …One of the articles I read says there’s a curse word hidden on the cover. In the left-hand top corner, two tree branches appear to be ‘s’, and ‘h’. There’s an ‘i’ on the flag and the ship mast is ‘t’. I don’t know if that was intentional or that guy (and me) is just imagining it. ;)

  • 8
    Willard
    February 20, 2012 - 16:08 | Permalink

    Hysterical. You can also add the extra ‘s’ that’s below the ‘t’ and chalk it up to the artist’s gastro issues.

  • 9
    snakeboy
    February 20, 2012 - 16:38 | Permalink

    It sounds like they achieved what they were trying for on the previous LP. Good stuff.

  • 10
    notBob
    February 21, 2012 - 14:00 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this! It’s better than Cabbages, but I can see why I never heard it on the radio. Sounds a bit too “properly-British” for 1968 US radio.

    • 11
      Willard
      February 21, 2012 - 14:49 | Permalink

      I don’t think I ever heard them on the radio where I was at. Maybe right after The Beatles hit, but certainly not in 67/68

  • 12
    notBob
    February 21, 2012 - 15:50 | Permalink

    As I recall, I heard something from Cabbages on the then-new “Underground Radio”–2 hours of late night FM on the weekends. That was the only place that played stuff that went beyond the top 40 hit singles. They even played some Zappa! It used to be fun to listen to the radio…

  • 13
    Willard
    February 21, 2012 - 16:06 | Permalink

    Stoned FM jocks. THOSE were the days.

  • 14
    al
    February 21, 2012 - 16:13 | Permalink

    Around this time, C&J also placed a few songs on the “3 in the Attic” soundtrack, with additional instrumental background music by Chad.

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