Rasberry Jam 2/People – If We Only Have Love
Dollar bin find! Blank back cover & a stock front, the only other info besides band & title:“Produced by Sid Kleiner’s House Of Guitars, R.513, Califon NJ”. The People side consists entirely of covers: the Bee Gees (Words, To Love Somebody), Beatles (Birthday), Jefferson Airplane (White Rabbit), Monkees (Shades Of Grey), and The First Edition (But You Know I Love You). The Rasberry Jam 2 side is a bust, squeaky clean Xian folk , and I like Xian folk, just not that way (they cover Joe Wise, if you’re into that kind of thing). But the People side is kind of like the Kids Incorporated of garage bands. Total earnestness at work here, even “Dancing In The Street” becomes magically listenable again when People have a go at it.
I wish I knew more about the circumstances around the album…here’s no musicians named, and the label just lists the songs & their respective authors (and “audio by Sid Kleiner”). It also mentions that the People side was “directed by Father Robert Findlay” – gotta keep an eye on em I guess -while it looks like his brother? son? Charles oversaw the Rasberry snoozefest . So many questions: was it a church project? Kids who took music lessons at the House Of Guitars? Does anyone have a spare insert?