Oceanport group The Hallmarks released their lone 45 in the 60s but the story of the band was much longer. I hadn’t realised that Numero Group issued this retrospective last year, which collects some tracks that also included vocalist Gail Scalzo. She was the wife of guitar player Tony Scalzo, who unfortunately got drafted in 1967 just after finishing highschool. “Soul Shakin’ Psychedelic Sally” would be their only release and it’s become a collective 45 on the psych scene of today. But the amazing thing about this reissue are the other 14 tracks that no one has heard before. I’ve always loved the b-side to their Smash 45 as well, so it’s amazing to hear more in this vein too.

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May 24, 2019

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