Beacon Street Union — The Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union
Original 1968 West-Coast WLP
MGM E-4517 (Promo-Only Mono Mix)
~ThePoodleBites Rip in 96kHz / 24bit + 800dpi Artwork~
This mono album & rip is also available for listening on YouTube here.
**UPDATE MAY 2019** -- I've now tracked down one of the yellow-label versions, expecting it to be a sonic upgrade to this west coast pressing of an east coast band, but was surprised to find that the white-label copy actually sounds better than its more common yellow counterpart. I've uploaded raw rips of each and the additional label scans if anyone would like to compare for themselves.
Q: I love the track "Green Destroys The Gold", although I have no idea what it's about. Who are the "pagans in the game"?
Wayne: "Green Destroys The Gold" was an excellent example of bad songwriting. [laughs]
Q: Is "Blue Avenue" near "Beacon Street"?
Wayne: Yes! I was walking home late one night on Beacon Street, there was no traffic, and the street was lit in bright moonlight. I was 18 years old at the time, and wrote that song.
For this rip, I spliced the Tom Wilson (yes, of Zappa/Mothers and Velvet Underground fame) reading poetry segment plus the clip from “The Prophet”, both of which are played before the musical part of “My Love Is”, into its own track called “Introduction”. This enables easy and direct access to the true beginning of “My Love Is,” which I absolutely love -- perhaps my favorite track from the Boston psych scene! Other favorites here are “South End Incident”, “Green Destroys The Gold”, and “The Prophet”, which is a killer song that brings the album into one big psychedelic circle.
Wayne was also kind enough to share two extra recordings, one of which is an unreleased live version of "My Love Is":
Wayne: This is a recording made by a fan about 40-some years ago. Bad quality recording, but this is how it was modified after the original arrangement in 1967. Cheers!
The other track is the final recorded track of the Beacon Street Union, after they changed their name to "Eagle" and released a last album called Come Under Nancy's Tent in 1970. This track can be heard here.
You might hear a little bit of distortion/static in some parts of the endings songs on side 2. I believe this is in the mix so I left it in. Most likely you probably won’t even notice it because it’s really low-level stuff. There were some tape dropouts in the right channel for the first three tracks on side 2. I fixed these before phase alignment and mono collapse so you will not hear them unless you listen to the raw rip.
In addition to this rip, I recommend checking out the group's second album The Clown That Died In Marvin Gardens, which features among other great tracks the song "Angus Of Aberdeen" written by Wayne & drummer Dick Weisberg at only 20 years old! (YouTube link)
01) “Recitation” — 1:27
02) “My Love Is” — 2:45
03) “Beautiful Delilah” — 2:11
04) “Sportin’ Life” — 3:14
05) “Four Hundred And Five” — 2:12
06) “Mystic Mourning” — 6:00
07) “Sadie Said No” — 2:49
08) “Speed Kills” — 2:00
09) “Blue Avenue” — 2:54
10) “South End Incident” — 4:00
11) “Green Destroys The Gold” — 3:05
12) “The Prophet” — 4:35
13) “My Love Is” [Live] (Bonus) — 2:45
Vinyl condition: NM- / VG++
– Audio-Technica AT150MLx Dual Moving-Magnet Cartridge
– Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct Drive Professional Turntable (internal stock preamp/ADC removed)
– TCC TC-754 RIAA Phono Preamp (new regulated power supply, added LM7812 regulator)
– Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 MkII (96kHz / 24bit)
– Adobe Audition CC 2018 (recording, automatic phase alignment)
– iZotope RX 6 Audio Editor (manual declicking, mono collapse, additional adjustments)
– Audacity 2.2.1 (fades between tracks, split tracks)
– Foobar2000 v1.3.17 (tagging, dynamic range analysis)
You can find Wayne Ulaky's YouTube channel here.
Enjoy, guys & gals. And if you get a chance, comments are greatly appreciated!