Before he became Patti Smith’s lead guitarist, Lenny Kaye compiled the 2 album set, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. Released in 1972, the two-LP set covered American garage rock and psychedelia from the years from 1965-1968 and was a major influence on punk rock. Rhino Records reissued an expanded version of the set in 1998, with 118 tracks in total. I’m profiling and rating each of these 118 tracks, working backwards.
Track 84: Mirror Of Your Mind by We The People
Release Date: 1966
From: Orlando, Florida
MIRROR OF YOUR MIND – We The People [2:39]
Personnel/TOMMY TALTON: vocals, guitar * WAYNE PROCTOR: lead guitar, vocals * RANDY BOYTE: organ * DAVID DUFF: bass, vocals * LEE FURGUSON: drums
Produced by TONY MOON
Recorded in Nashville, TN
Challenge single #59333 (6/66)
We The People were a garage rock supergroup from Orlando, Florida, formed from members of The Coachmen, the Nation Rocking Shadows, and The Offbeets. The band boasted two songwriters, Tommy Talton and Wayne Proctor. Proctor wrote the majority of the band’s material, but both songs featured on Nuggets came from Talton’s pen.
‘Mirror Of Your Mind’ is intense for a 1966 track – in particular, the drums sound like a punk record, while the vocal is somewhere between a wail and a scream. There’s a cool little drum break that’s too long to be a fill and too brief to be a solo. And there’s an instrumental break with a harmonica. It’s stronger than their other Nuggets track, ‘You Burn Me Up And Down‘.
We The People never released a studio album, but did release enough singles to justify several compilations; notably 1983’s Declaration of Independence. Like The Band and The The, We The People’s Declaration of Independence is not an easy item to find on Google!
Proctor wrote most of We The People’s material, but it was Tommy Talton who went onto a professional music career. He was part of the country-rock band Cowboy who played with the Allman Brothers and Bonnie Bramlett. Cowboy released a reunion album in 2018, titled 10’ll Getcha Twenty.