"The SRC (Scott Richard Case) was one of the finest Michigan groups during an era of great regional garage-rock groups. This LP was released in 1968 after their regional hit single, "I'm So Glad." The group featured the piercing sustained notes of Gary Quackenbush and the pulsing organ of Gary's brother Glenn. Most young garage groups featured the SRC's powerful single, "Black Sheep" as part of their set lists. The singer, Scott Richardson, went on to marry Robert Mitchum's daughter, write a couple of screenplays (including one made into a movie with Bob Dylan as the featured actor), and also write a novel called "King of the Shadows." This is a must LP for fans of late 60's garage pop!"
It's 1968, OK! Hopeful/Naive/Magical . . .
M Mom WRUW | Cleveland, OH | 11/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is quintessential 1968 w/its magical lyrics and intense music . . . it's so fragile that you can't take it from its time w/out it falling apart. Lyrics reference literature, mythology, physics, metaphysics, and mathematics (the space between two points w/in the boundary of time is only numbers on a clock, a never ending line . . . Interval). CD also includes Morning Mood (classical Peer Gynt) and the 45 version of Black Sheep . . . I first heard this alternate version when my exhusband and I were testing directionality of a rotor he'd installed on a huge antenna on our apt bldg. We dialed into a tv test pattern at 3 am and SRC blasted from the channel . . . Honey, I think we dialed into Heaven? SRC #1 is so hippie/sixties in the very best way, the stuff that school systems now ridicule ala "Brave New World"/Aldous Huxley lest a new generation find it too appealing."
Way More Than Psychedelic Ear Candy
Cthulhu | Roanoke, VA United States | 10/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One might almost dismiss this band as psychedelic bubblegum, so unaccustomed are we to unvarnished, naked offerings of truth, whimsy, beauty, fantasy. But a serious listen will show that this first album by SRC goes deeper than such a lah de dah genre with a cohesive kick-ass resolve. All the musicians knew their licks well and the music at times surges with epic power. Not Led Zeppelin, and yet... In some ways more listenable.
These bold companions helped carry the great burden without guidance a ways along the road, with a lead guitar that soared from the heights like a great eagle and pierced the heart like Elvish steel.
One of my favorite cut-out lp discoveries, this relatively obscure 60s band from Ann Arbor produced the ultimate anthem for the archetypal underdog, a melodic rolecall, a mantra for the damned.
"Blacksheep, outcast, misfit, Ishmael, Every stranger each his own tale, Fear of the unknown diminish, Inside outside start to finish..."
How could anyone not recognize these heroes of Middle Earth, that place which breathed as a shimmering vision throughout the 60s and beyond? March steadfast into the sun with sword in hand, the truth shall be revealed, and courage be exalted even unto the stars... How I missed these intrepid travellers and their tales in the long interval between vinyl obsolescence and their reincarnation on compact disc.
SRC (this first album) could be the message on our next projection into the interstellar void following Voyager. We mean well and hail all starfarers, but are not to be trifled with...
Ungh... My head hurts... Gotta remember not to drink like that... Still, I'll stand with what I wrote...
Forgotten detroit band
Stephen F Mulcahy | United States | 12/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SRC were contemporaries of such 60's Detroit acts as the Stooges, the MC5, and Bob Seger, among others. Guitarist Gary Quackenbush's instrument had a very distinctive sound. many of the band's lyrics are about science fiction , fantasy, and psychedelic themes. This may seem silly and dated to some, but the singers sense of melody overcomes that for those who find that kind of thing pretentious.
"Exile", "One simple task", and "Marionette" are three of the finer tracks. But the highlight is undoubtedly SRC's best known and most stunning track-"Black Sheep". This features superb guitar and organ work and impressive lyrics sung by lead vocalist, Scott Richardson. A fine version of Grieg's classical music standard from the Peer Gynt Suite " Morning" is also here as a bonus track, entitled "Morning Mood."
Src originally hailed from Alabama, and later they moved to Detroit. While they are usually considered a psychedelic band, one can also detect traces of early hard rock/ heavy metal in their work. In addition, one could also say that , in places, they were a proto-classical rock or progressive rock group. This isn't a great album, i would give it about 3.5 or so stars if I could, but there is enough here to please fans of the genres listed above, and "Black Sheep" is a bona fide classic of the psychedelic era."