Friday, October 15, 2010

The Fly-Bi-Nites on Tiffany

The Fly-Bi-Nites

Tiffany NRC 564

19939 - Come On Up
19940 - Found Love

Greg Presmanes formed his first high school band The Echoes in Atlanta, Georgia. Drummer Doug Freedman was the other stable member ; others came and went until Presmanes secured the services of his cousin Bob Levinson, who renamed the group The Fly By Nights.

They recorded their sole 45 in the Summer of 1967. Just 300 copies were pressed with the band’s name spelt « Fly-Bi-Nites ». The top side is a fine cover of the Young Rascals Come On Up, with a danceable beat and great guitar bass. The nugget here, however, is the fabulous original Found Love, a dramatic pop-punker with hypnotic keyboards, dynamic bursts of guitar and dreamy vocals.

Presmanes recounts the band’s story in Psychedelic States : Georgia Vol. 1 liner notes. He left them in the Spring of 1969 ; the band continued, changed their names to the Solid Soul and shifted into funky RnB territory. They released a 45 on the local Lovett label which was picked up by the Capitol subsidiary 123.
From "Fuzz Acid and Flowers revisited", ed. Vernon Joynson.


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