Classic Singles #32: The Mind’s Eye – Help I’m Lost / Still In Love With You Baby (1967)

mind's eye_labelThe Mind’s Eye were from San Antonio, Texas and released this single on the Jox label in 1967. ‘Help I’m Lost’ is a vintage slice of psychedelia, lifted far above the commonplace by its dramatic use of violin, and the long raga-like guitar solo which takes up the second half of the song. We can thank guest guitarist Galen Niles for the latter. At the time he was a member of The Outcasts and appeared on their legendary ‘1523 Blair’ waxing.

The flip is a pleasant enough garage reading of the b-side of The Beau Brummels’ 1964 hit ‘Laugh, Laugh’. When you listen to it you could easily be forgiven for thinking that it is the work of a different band to the one responsible for ‘Help I’m Lost’. And you’d be right! Or, to be more accurate, it is the work of an earlier band. The Mind’s Eye had previously been The Argyles and ‘Still In Love With You Baby’ had been the a-side of their second single issued in 1966, also on the Jox label. The same recording was reused on the 1967 release but credited to The Mind’s Eye.

The new band name was certainly more in keeping with the changing times, and a couple of members of the group even opened a club called The Mind’s Eye on the Austin Highway.

Towards the end of 1967 the band changed name yet again to The Children and released Rebirth, a pleasant pop-psych album, in 1968 (initially on the Cinema label, then picked up by Atco).

Help I’m Lost

Still In Love With You Baby

There are rumours that The Mind’s Eye released a second 45 on Jox titled ‘Picture Me’ but I don’t think a copy of this has ever turned up. The song certainly did appear as The Children’s debut single on the Laramie label, backed incidentally by a cover of The Stoic’s gem ‘Enough Of What I Need’.

Reissues: ‘Help I’m Lost’ is on The Acid Dreams Testament CD or Texas Flashbacks Volume 3. ‘Still In Love With You Baby’ is a bonus track on Gear Fab’s reissue of The Children’s Rebirth album (‘Help I’m Lost’ is also included).

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