ADR – 7 – 003
THE GRIFFITH HARTER UNION
PROGRESS / A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY
black vinyl / honey brown vinyl / yellow vinyl / 7″ / 45 r.p.m.
includes photo / bio insert
Alona’s Dream Records is pleased to present a reissue of the only single from fabled Chicago garage rock band: The Griffith Harter Union. These sides, originally recorded at Chess Studios, represent the only audible remains of the band which played frequently in Chicago’s burgeoning “Old Town” music scene. The record was originally released in an edition of a few hundred on the Chicago label “Jim-Ko” in 1967.
The searing lead guitar on the A-side Progress is a tough Chicago garage take on a song made popular by The Pretty Things and features the very early use of a wah-wah pedal, which was only invented in late 1966.
The band played all the major clubs throughout Chicago and its suburbs as well as a few gigs on the road, including a two week booking at the Aragon Ballroom backing up Baby Huey and the Babysitters. They were also featured at the first Chicago “Human Be-In” held on Mother’s Day 1967 in Lincoln Park. The band existed from 1967 until 1969.
GRIFFITH HARTER UNION is:
Matthew (Steve) Warman- lead guitar
Larry Costello – bass guitar
Randy Harter- rhythm guitar
Garrick Peterson- lead vocals
Stan “Stash” Czarnick – drums
Check the following video for a few glimpses (GHU are the first band shown) of the Griffith Harther Union at the “Be-In”
From Roctober Magazine