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Thu Jan 28, 2016, 04:00 PM

Rebel sounds coming from Montana in the 1960s featured on new LP


Rebel sounds coming from Montana in the 1960s featured on new LP

Larry Faught
talks about the sound studio he ran in his home.
Bob Zellar, for the Independent Record

19 hours ago • JACI WEBB For the Independent Record

BILLINGS -- In the days before casinos and karaoke, teen clubs were thriving across Montana and the rebellious spirit of rock sprouted from basements and garages as dozens of bands formed in the 1960s. ... Bands with names like The Missing Lynx, Beauregard Mansion, the Chosen Few and The Frantics were rocking hard as players emulated the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Doors. Many of those Montana bands have been forgotten, but thanks to Havre disc jockey Dave Martens, their music is back and sounding better than ever.

A two-album set, “Long Time Comin’: Lost Sounds from the Treasure State” will make its Billings debut Feb. 6 at Smiling Dog Records, 2702 Minnesota Ave. It is already available for purchase online. ... Musicians featured on the album are invited to be introduced at the event, which is the grand opening of the record store.

Martens became interested in 1960s bands when he worked as a volunteer DJ in Missoula in 2011. Locating Billings recording engineer Larry Faught and Billings musician David Weyer helped boost his project, especially when he got his hands on a 1958 recording of Chan Romero’s “Hippy Hippy Shake.”

National scene

The amazing part of the musicians featured on the album is that some of them had the talent to get noticed on the national level. The Billings band The Frantics, formed in late 1964 at Eastern Montana College, toured with the Yardbirds when Jimmy Page, who later co-founded Led Zeppelin, played bass, and Jeff Beck played guitar. Kostas and Romero also got national attention and continue to write music and perform. The Great Falls band The Missing Lynx, had one of its singles played on “American Bandstand.”

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Joe Shlabotnik Jan 2016 #1

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Thu Jan 28, 2016, 06:15 PM

1. Very Cool

I love finding 'new' old garage music recordings.

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