Out Now!


    By the time 1966 ended, many of the groups in Texas that started out playing British Invasion and folk-rock music, were now immersing themselves in the newly emerging psychedelic music. The five groups that comprise this album reflect the changes that occurred during this period and four of them even changed their names to sound more psychedelic.  The Nomads became Smoke, Carrols Mood became The Sights And Sounds, The New Imperials became The Front Page News, and The Boys became The Remaining Few.

Represented by twelve tracks on this album, The Nomads/Smoke, started out playing folk-rock music, but by 1967 went psychedelic-as witnessed by their “freak-out” version of “My Little Red Book” replete with backwards tapes. “Carrols Mood” went from singing ballads to surreal songs such as “Mystical Bells”. The Front Page News went from the soul of “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box” to the fuzz drenched “Thoughts and Afterthoughts”.  If the 13th Floor Elevators were the epitome of what a Texas psychedelic band was, then the groups on this album were not far behind in trying to emulate that state of existence. Here then are twenty-two tracks compiling the changes that occurred from late 1966 to 1968, when the Texas bands went metaphorically speaking from “Kool-Aid” to “Electric Kool-Aid Acid”. 





Ca Track Listings:

Carrols Mood

  1. What You’re Doing to Me

  2. Out She Goes

(Previously unreleased mixes)

The Nomads

  1. I’ll Be There

  2. I Walk Alone

(Single masters)

The Front Page News

  1. Thoughts

(Previously unreleased mix)

The Nomads

  1. My Little Red Book

(Unreleased master)

  1. Situations

  2. Three O’clock Merrian Webster Time

(Single masters

The Rebellers

  1. The New Generation

(Previously unreleased mix)


  1. Mainstream

  2. Church House Blues

(Single masters)

The Remaining Few

  1. Painted Air

  2. In The Morning


The Sights and Sounds

  1. Mystical Bells

  2.  You Keep Me Hangin’ On

(Unreleased Masters)

Carrols Mood

  1. I Walk Alone

(Previously unreleased mix)

The Nomads

  1. Three O’clock Merrian Webster Time-take 1

  2. Three O’clock Merrian Webster Time-take 2

  3. Three O’clock Merrian Webster Time-take 3

  4. Three O’clock Merrian Webster Time-take 4

(Previously unreleased versions with different vocals)

  1. My Little Red Book

(Previously unreleased alternate mix)

The Sights And Sounds

  1. Out She Goes

 (Alternate version)


The Nomads/Smoke-Houston. Their first single issued in 1967, reflected a folk-rock sound.  They played  “I Walk Alone” on The Larry Kane Show in early 1967. Their second single “Three O’Clock Merrian Webster Time” b/w “Situations” reflected the psychedelic direction of the band. The band spent many hours in the studio working on these tracks.  Recently, four unreleased versions of “Three O’clock Merrian Webster Time” have been located and are presented for the first time.  The Nomads changed their name to Smoke in late 1968, and released one single on Orbit Records, “Mainstream” b/w “Church House Smoke”.  Their image was influenced by The Doors, mainly Jim Morrison, as is evidenced by their sole photo from 1969.  During this time they played Love St. with Procol Harum and also a gig in Austin to stop the Vietnam War, with Shivas Headband. Band


The Front Page News—They hailed from Tulsa and were originally a soul group known as The New Imperials (replete with a couple of backup singers). They released a double entendre song called “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box”. In 1967, the band was re-located to Ft. Worth, less the background singers.  The name change to The Front Page News did not occur until after the recording sessions for “Thoughts” (original title was “Thoughts And Afterthoughts”) and “You Better Behave”.  After the recording sessions, a lease deal with Dial Records was arranged and the single was pressed in large quantities.  Unfortunately few copies were sold due to no promotion by the label.  The single did receive local airplay on the Ft. Worth stations.  Of note is the fact that the single version of “Thoughts” was edited down, so that the song finished with a fade out, before the loud fuzz guitar and feedback.  The unedited version was released on the CD, “Your Mind Works In Reverse”, for the first time back in 1998 and then on a volume of “Garage Beat”, but a glitch at the end of the song remained.  This version of “Thoughts” is a different mix and has no defect on it.  The flip side “You Better Behave” displayed the rocking soul sound of the band.