7-inch Singles/E.P.s Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s The Clouds (a.k.a. The Looking Glasses) – “Visions”

The Clouds – “Visions” Video  on YouTube

Category/Music Genres :

7-inch Singles/E.P.s Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1960s

Band :

The Clouds (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

Also Known As :

The Looking Glasses, The Clouds [1967], Just Too Much, The Odyssey, The Sonoma, Shake

Track :

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“Visions” ( J. Berke, L. Naktin) A’ Side single (B’ Side “Migada Bus”) released on Independence Records (IND-82)  in October 1967

“Visions” is a different take of “Kathy’s Dream” (The Looking Glasses – “Kathy’s Dream / Migada Bus”) with different lyrics and fuzz guitar added).

Photo of an excerpt that is included on the booklet of the c.d. compilation “30 Seconds Before The Calico Wall (released on Arf! Arf! Records AA-050 in 1995). The track “Visions” by the Looking Glasses is included on that compilation album (as track # 3)

THE LOOKING GLASSES VSIONS 1 (2)

“Kathy’s Dream” (A’ Side single, written by  Jerry Berke, Lou Natkin) is a different take of “Visions” (The Looking Glasses – “Visions / Migada Bus”) with different lyrics and without the fuzz. The producer of this single is Marv Bornstein. It was released on   Media Records (45-414) in April 1967 and published by Marbra Music.

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Information about the band/track :

The backstory on this has been pieced together from comments in “Teenbeat Mayhem” by Mike Markesich. This version of their first single with “Kathy’s Dream” was the first issue of it. The A-side is a quite heavy and menacing sounding garage/psych number with guitar/fuzz backing and the same two dulcimer breaks found in the later version. “Migada Bus” on the flip is an interesting but comparatively light weight guitar and harpsichord instrumental. For reasons not yet known, the band decided to quickly re-record “Kathy’s Dream”, changing the lyrics completely and adding some very sinister sounding organ along with more pronounced fuzz guitar. Perhaps they just bought the new organ and couldn’t bear that the single did not make use of it. In any event, the new version was re-titled “Visions” and issued with the same catalog # and B-side later the same month, and credited to The Looking Glasses (plural). Of course, the single was picked up for national distribution by the Independence label, who opted to change the credited band name to The Clouds in order to avoid confusion with some of the many other bands using the rather common Looking Glass moniker. The group never performed as The Clouds. Their next 45 single was issued on the White Whale label, with the moniker of the Odyssey.

Photos about the band/track :

The Clouds – “Visions” Single photo (A’ Side)

The Clouds – “Visions” Single photo (B’ Side)

The Clouds – “Visions” Single photo (A’ Side)

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The Looking Glasses – “Visions” Single photo (A’ Side)

The Looking Glasses – “Migada Bus” Single photo (B’ Side)

The Looking Glass – “Kathy’s Dream” Single photo (A’ Side)

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Links about the band/track :

The Clouds – “Visions” Video file link on YouTube

The Looking Glass – “Kathy’s Dream” Video file link on YouTube

The Looking Glasses – “Visions” Video file link on YouTube

The Clouds – “Visions” on 45cat

The Clouds Band’s Page on Discogs

The Clouds Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

The Clouds – “Visions” Popsike Website

The Looking Glass Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

The Looking Glass Band’s Page on Discogs

The Looking Glass – “Kathy’s Dream” on 45cat

The Looking Glass – “Kathy’s Dream” on Popsike

The Looking Glass – “Kathy’s Dream” on eBay

The Looking Glasses Band’s Page on Discogs

The Looking Glasses Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

The Looking Glasses – “Visions” on 45cat

The Looking Glasses – “Visions” on eBay

The Looking Glasses – “Visions” on Popsike