Once you start exploring 60s garage and psychedelic 45s in earnest you soon find that many examples combine one rip-roaring side (more often than not the b-side) with either a ballad or a very commercial flip – perhaps at the insistence of the record company or because the band craved that elusive hit that would hopefully propel them into the big time (and who can blame them?).
Colors of Night were from Pottstown, Pennsylvania and their lone single, released on the Regime label in 1969, definitely fits this bill. A-side ‘There She Goes’ is a rather nondescript ballad with slightly wayward vocals, not terrible (and it lifts in the chorus) but not really a number to hold the attention of your common or garden garage fiend.
‘There She Goes’
In complete contrast, ‘C-O-L-O-R-S’ is an absolute belter with wicked fuzz guitar and trippy lyrics delivered with much improved unison vocals. The song ends with a primitive and slightly atonal guitar break that works well in context. At 1 minute 40 seconds, it’s another tune that we can add to the pantheon of too-short songs (especially when you consider that they they devoted over 3 minutes to the ballad!).
Reissues: ‘C-O-L-O-R-S’ has appeared on Bury My Body and Pennsylvania Unknowns. As far as I can see, ‘There She Goes’ has never been compiled.