Jay & The Techniques, Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie, Smash SRS-67095, 1967
The Thanksgiving weekend is coming to an end. I’m almost out of pie. Thankfully. But while doing dishes, I got to listen to my new favorite album from Jay & The Techniques. They’re just one of those groups that made the most of the sub-par material that they had to record, and broke a ton of barriers along the way. They we’re done of the first interracial groups to break through and have big success.
Hailing from Allentown, PA, they had two million sellers, and both are on this album. Along with the title track, Keep The Ball Rollin’ didn’t hit the top ten, but does still get played. Both hits “test well” with audiences, unlike 1000 similar records from the era.
Smash was the second label for Mercury Records. It was a common practice for decades for the label to mean something to the record buying crowd as to the kind of music they could expect to hear from them. Mercury would feature the company’s best, A-List kind of music, while Smash might release records from second rate acts, like, say, an interracial college aged group from Pennsylvania. Capitol Records had their Tower subsidiary, while RCA released records on Camden (named for the New Jersey town where their factory was). It doesn’t mean the music was second rate, some of the most collectible records of the 60s were on these labels, it just means that the parent company didn’t think much of them at the time.
Cost: $5, $619 Remaining