Following on from my post about The Balloon Farm, today I’m featuring the a-side of the single put out by New York outfit Adam on the Mala label in December 1966. As I mentioned before, two of the band were later in The Balloon Farm, and ‘Eve’ is an interesting enough number to merit an entry in its own right.
‘Eve’ is an intense and moody garage punker with a thumping bass line and pounding drumming underpinning the gruff, powerful vocals and effective harmonies. There’s some neat fuzz guitar as well but the defining element of the song is the frenzied raga-esque guitar work that punctuates proceedings. The Byrds had released ‘Eight Miles High’ in March 1966 and it must be the case that Adam were homaging Roger McGuinn’s distinctive free-form guitar playing from that wonderful and influential record, albeit in more primitive fashion. Like The Baroques’ ‘I Will Not Touch You’, the song ends in almost throwaway fashion.
Missing side: ‘Where Has My Little Girl Gone’ (described by Teenbeat Mayhem as a “dramatic pop ballad with orchestration”).
Reissues: ‘Eve’ is on A Lethal Dose of Hard Psych or for those who prefer vinyl Incredible Sound Show Stories Volume 7.