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The Human Beinz
"Nobody But Me"

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track listing
  • Nobody But Me
  • Foxey Lady
  • The Shamen
  • Flower Grave
  • Dance On Through
  • Turn On Your Light
  • It's Fun To Be Clean
  • Black Is The Colour
    Of My True
    Love's Hair
  • This Lonely Town
  • Sueno
  • Serenade To Sarah

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    "Nobody But Me"

    We all know the song that goes, "No, no, no -- no, no, de-no no no, ..." It's been used in TV commercials like many other classic 1960s tunes, yet The Human Beinz name may not ring bells in our musical memories, yet their most famous hit, "Nobody But Me" has everyone having the light bulb flash atop their heads when they hear it. They released 3 albums in the 1960s, yet their first album, Nobody But Me seemed to be their most remembered, the title track becoming a song that would later become a staple on Classic Rock Radio.

    Having the scratchy 45 Capitol single when I was a kid (found in a pile of 45s at a garage sale), the sound quality definitely improves being on Compact Disc! The bassline stands out much better, and the opening guitars sounded different than my 45 did -- due to the fact that there was quite a bit of surface noise on the old 45.

    What makes The Human Beinz interesting, is that Nobody But Me is their original first album, and you're curious to hear what other songs this "American band sounding like a British Invasion band" had to offer back in 1968. Their remake of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady" is quite interesting, sounding almost as good as Hendrix's original, with impressive vocals and guitars.

    "The Shamen" is a great 1960s venture into psychedelia. Great guitars are featured, and this one should get some attention (how it didn't in 1968, is beyond me) -- It's a great album track, and a forgotten oldie. "Flower Grave" has a more pop psych sound, and could be compared to the early rock of The Moody Blues. "Dance On Through" is definitely pop, with some very impressive keyboard work.

    "Turn On Your Light" has the same rock approach as Neil Diamond's "I Thank The Lord For The Nightime," yet with a more rock sound than Diamond's. "It's Fun To Be Clean" is compared to the poppy sounds of The Lovin' Spoonful, yet the vocals can be compared to Syd Barrett and the early Pink Floyd. And the horns brings back memories of The Beatles' "Penny Lane."

    The orchestration is incredible on "Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair," being compared to the 1960s Bee Gees and early Moody Blues. Quite impressive in sound, it could easily be Progressive Rock, as heard by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It does get quite psychedelic towards the end (Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd).

    "This Lonely Town" definitely has the 1960s folk rock sound, as in such talents as Bob Dylan, The Mamas & Papas, and The Byrds. "Sueno" (the B-side to "Nobody But Me") is definitely pop, comparing to the likes of The Association and The Turtles; it's very easy-going lite pop rock. "Serenade To Sarah" can be compared to the 1960s Moody Blues, and possibly categorized as Progressive Rock.

    The Human Beinz debut album Nobody But Me clocks in under 30 minutes. It's an excellent album, travelling back into 1960s psychedelic rock. Some of these songs will most definitely get a second listen, if not, the entire album. For a band that was from the USA (Youngstown, Ohio) they sounded as if they were following everyone else in the British Invasion (Yardbirds, Moody Blues). That they did, yet they were not from Britain. In either case, The Human Beinz debut album should get listened to more, especially when you're tired of hearing the same old songs over and over and over... again on Classic Rock Radio. Give this one a listen, I'm sure many oldies-type radio programs will dig into their sections called "Forgotten Oldies" and "Lost Album Cuts" that should be brought to their audiences' attention.

    The Human Beinz -- Nobody But Me -- CLASSIC PSYCHEDELIA -- a good description that best defines their debut.

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