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The Sopwith Camel

The Sopwith Camel gained some passing mentions in rock histories among the first SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA psychedelic era bands to record for any national label; actually, they were the first ever to have a high 40 hit, using the vaudevillian “Hello, Hello” in early 1967. These were not really, however, one of the better San Francisco rings, nor had been they even excellent or psychedelic. Generally they sounded just like a second-rate Lovin’ Spoonful (with whom they distributed maker Erik Jacobsen), emulating the greater unfortunate camp areas of that group with sleepy, good-timey pop-folk. Staff changes delayed conclusion of their 1st album until almost annually after “Hello, Hello” was popular. The record, which could have been dated experienced it turn out a year previously, sounded hopelessly from contact when it finally surfaced; following the group relocated to Warner Bros., The Miraculous Hump Comes back through the Moon premiered in 1972. Those two will be the Sopwith Camel’s just albums, as well as the music group split once and for all in 1974.

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