John Lincoln Wright- singer
Paul Tartachny- guitar, singer
Wayne Ulaky- bass, singer
Robert Rhodes- keyboard
Richard Weisberg- drums
The Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union is the debut album by the band The Beacon Street Union from Boston, Mass. They never became very popular countrywide, and they only had two releases, the second release was titled, The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens, released later in August 1968 after their debut, which was released in March. Though never making it big, they had a nice following in their native city of Boston, and also were fairly well known in New York City.
In my opinion, The Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union is a psychedelic treasure, regardless of their lack of popularity. The album starts off with a recitation, which isn’t all that memorable, but once the album takes off after this early spoken word ramble, every song is extremely entertaining. The lyrics are well written, and the musicianship is stellar. The feel I get from this album as a whole, is that the band is attempting to explain what it was like living in Boston in the late sixties.
The one song on the album that veers briefly away from the rest is Sportin’ Life, which is a more smooth, bluesy number. The rest of the album is pure late sixties psychedelia, and it takes a lot of influence from The Doors, especially the use of keyboards on many of the songs.
One of my favorite tunes on the album is Mystic Mourning, a beautiful, haunting piece of pure psychedelic rock. An air of mysticism overtakes as I listen, and even though I was at a ripe old age of, maybe one month, at the time of this album’s release, I can almost picture a smoky bar at the end of the sixties as this song is played onstage. A smoke filled room with a bunch of mello listeners, swaying back and forth to the rhythmic beat of the bass and drums.
Then there is South End Incident(I’m Afraid), another song that has a haunting feeling of dread, that someone is being followed, presumably somewhere on the dark streets of Boston, late at night, and is trying desperately to escape the perils that await. These songs are all very good, well written both lyrically and musically, as I stated before. It saddens me to think of all the great music that was left on the table with this band, as they were only active between 1966-1969.