Friday, August 24, 2018

The Frantics (pre-Moby Grape) - "Human Monkey / Someday" (1966) [Original US Mono Single]

The Frantics - Human Monkey / Someday
Original 1966 45RPM Mono Single
Action Records AF-1113
~ThePoodleBites rip in 96kHz / 24bit FLAC + full high-resolution scans~

This is a monstrously rare single on the private 'Action Records' label from San Mateo, CA. Currently, few copies of this 45 are known to still exist. This single is much different than the group's earlier rock-and-roll output. In 1966 the 13th Floor Elevators arrived in San Francisco and played numerous gigs at local venues, including the Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom. It is likely that "Monkey Island" directly influenced Don Stevenson and Jerry Miller for this A-side. These two songwriters would become the nucleus of what we know as Moby Grape. 

The A-side here was reissued on the compilation "San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970," although with Rhino's typical 'bright and boosted' mastering formula. As far as I know, the B-side has never been officially reissued. It's said that this is an earlier version of the well-known "Someday" that would appear on Moby Grape's debut, but I now find that hard to believe, as the songs are pretty different both in composition and lyrics. It's still a great song with a clear Moby Grape vibe, though!

Track Listing:
01) "Human Monkey" -- 2:11
02) "Someday" -- 2:37

– 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)
– iZotope RX 6 Audio Editor (manual declicking, additional adjustments)
– Audacity 2.2.2 (fades between tracks, split tracks)
– Foobar2000 v1.3.19 (tagging, dynamic range analysis)

Enjoy, and please feel free to leave comments!


  1. Thanks for another great rip...question though ...what include stereo collapsed and phase corrected versions as well ? I'm bit confused.

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