I’ve just been reading some of the comments about this track on Youtube and the general consensus is that this alternative version of Painted Ship’s Frustration is more preferable than the original (hear this below).
I can definitely see why people would subscribe to this point of view as this alternate version is a lot ‘darker’. It’s dingy, unrefined and raw, but all in a good way I hasten to add and what’s more this version was never released to the public, so I love the fact this rare 45 has been unearthed! The vocals are hushed, whispered and sinister and instrumentally this take feels more ‘used and abused!’
The Painted Ship were a psych-rock quartet from Vancouver, Canada who emerged in 1965 originally entitled The Wee Beasties (this was the name the inventor of the microscope gave to the “animals” he saw through that instrument). Consisting of buckskin-clad Bill Hay (vocals), Bob Rowden (guitar), Ken Wain (keyboards) and Barry Rowden (drums), The Painted Ship recorded only two singles in the late 60’s, releasing both on the London label. Their first single was ‘Little White Lies’ with ‘Frustration’ as the b-side. This was followed by ‘Audience Reflections (From Polyana’s Dreamworld)’ with ‘And She Said Yes’ withon the flip-side.
Check out their first 45 above and see which version of this song you prefer?
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