Lazy Smoke: Corridor of Faces (1968)
So, yeah, Massachusetts' Lazy Smoke are another one of those, releasing a single album of Beatles-tinged psyche rock, aided largely by a lead singer whose vocals conjure John Lennon. Not a lot of information out there about the band; apparently the original album was released in limited qualities and quickly disappeared into obscurity before being revived by a reissue label a few years back.
And it's surprisingly good. Once you get past the arguably derivative Beatlesque nature of the sound (largely unavoidable with those vocals), it's above-average psychedelia, trippy and generally mellow with some fun guitar work. "How Was Your Day Last Night?" alternates between a catchy, upbeat hook and some downbeat interludes, as worthy of inclusion on your basic Nuggets collection as anything else from the era. The extended "Salty People" is awash in drugged-out bliss, with the title popping up in a weirdly haunting whisper; similarly lengthy "Under Skys" is an infectious jammed-out ballad that sounds like Julian Lennon smoked a bowl before recording his first demo tape. "Sarah Saturday" is the closest they come to straight-out pop, sounding like the blueprint for the entire Olivia Tremor Control catalog. And "There Was A Time" rocks a Byrds-like groove, a bit of folk jangle in the mix.
Is it essential? No, definitely not. But for anyone with a taste for of-the-moment American psychedelia in the style of the legendary West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, it's quite enjoyable.
Here's "How Was Your Day":