ARTIST: The Music Explosion
TITLE: Little Bit O’ Soul – The Best of the Music Explosion
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting: Little Bit O’ Soul (#2), Sunshine Games (#63), We Gotta Go Home (#103), What You Want (Baby I Want You) (#119), Yes Sir (#120)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Cover of 96 Tears and Little Black Egg, perhaps?
LINEUP: Jamie Lyons, Tudor Atkins, Richard Nesta, Burton Stahl, Robert Avery.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The prototype for the Kasenetz-Katz bubble gum empire, though they played their own tunes (mostly).
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For one brief moment during the summer of love, this garage band from Ohio captivated audiences with their brilliant rendition of “Little Bit O’ Soul”. The bass line by Burton Stahl led the way, along with the cheesy farfisa organ of some session player. That alone makes their mark in rock history.
The rest of their album material was typical garage rock of the time, with some songs blatantly copping riffs from more well-known bands. The follow up single “Sunshine Games” didn’t hit the high reaches of the charts, but it’s definitely due for a garage rock revival.
Producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz took the sound of the big hit and crafted a genre around it – bubblegum.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The band is still touring even though lead singer Jamie Lyons died a few years ago due to heart problems.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+: This is a melding of garage and bubblegum, and it’s for freaks who like that stuff (like me), though the first two singles are classic.