Demand it on Vinyl: The Palace Guard, All Night Long: An Anthology, 1965–1966 in stores 5/21

Hawthorne, California, may be known as the hometown of the Beach Boys. But another ’60s band of renown originated from that small city south of L.A., as well. Garage rockers the Palace Guard only released six singles during their tenure, but their influence and legacy is undeniable.

Original members of the band included brothers Don, John and David Beaudoin, their roommate Mike Conley, drummer Emitt Rhodes, bass guitarist Rick Moser, and lead guitarist Chuck McClung. The band signed to Orange-Empire Records after months of gigging. Those recordings became some of the most sought-after singles in the pantheon of garage-rock.

Even after Rhodes’ exit (for an acclaimed career with the Merry Go Round, and later as a solo artist), “the Guard” (as their fans called them) carried on as the house band at the Hullaballoo Club in Los Angeles, and played on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is. They even backed Don Grady (“Robbie” from My Three Sons, lead singer of Yellow Balloon) on a classic, and hard-to-find, release. Those tracks are included in the collection.

All Night Long: An Anthology, 1965-1966, out May 21, 2021 on Omnivore Recordings, collects all 12 sides of the Palace Guard’s output, remastered and restored by four-time Grammy® Award winner Michael Graves, presenting the band in the best sound available.

Packaging contains liner notes from Rick Moser explaining the history of the band. And with photos from his personal collection, as well as ephemera from the day, this is the complete Palace Guard story.

From the notes: “This group of young men had the time of their lives enjoying their passion of music, small-time celebrity, and fun times. The band members were true friends to the end.”

Track List
1. All Night Long
2. Playgirl
3. A Girl You Can Depend On
4. If You Need Me
5. Falling Sugar
6. Oh Blue (The Way I Feel Tonight)
7. Saturday’s Child
8. Party Lights
9. Calliope
10. Greed
11. Little People – Don Grady and the Palace Guard
12. Summertime Game – Don Grady and the Palace Guard

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