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The Best of John Kay & Sparrow: Tighten Up Your Wig - 1993

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Released May 11, 1993 on Columbia Records. In 1969, while "Born to Be Wild" was the next big thing, Columbia decided to issue these recordings from 1967. Featuring Dennis Edmonton (better known as Mars Bonfire) and Nick St. Nicholas (who did not join Steppenwolf right off, but came in for the "Birthday Party" LP). Columbia issued only one single off of these tapes in 1967 and did not show interest in issuing anything else. These recordings show the group working out of a blues mold (on Kay's material), a little jazz (Jerry Edmonton sings on "King Pin"), pop ("Down Goes Your Love Life" with, surprisingly,Nick and Goldy McJohn singing!) and even a theremin used on "Green Bottle Lover". Mars Bonfire sings a few tracks ("Isn't It Strange" "Tomorrow's Ship" "Chasing Shadows"), John sings most, and Jerry gets in there. Very interesting to say the least.

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Track list:

  1. TWISTED
  2. GOIN’ TO CALIFORNIA
  3. SQUARE HEADED PEOPLE
  4. GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL
  5. BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY
  6. HOOCHIE KOOCHIE MAN
  7. THE PUSHER
  8. KING PIN
  9. GOIN’ UPSTAIRS
  10. BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
  11. TOMORROW’S SHIP
  12. ISN’T IT STRANGE
  13. GOIN’ TO CALIFORNIA
  14. TWISTED
  15. GREEN BOTTLE LOVER
  16. TIGHTEN UP YOUR WIG
  17. TOO LATE
  18. CAN’T MAKE LOVE BY YOURSELF

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