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 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 38/118: I Ain’t No Miracle Worker by The Brogues
Release Year: 1965
From: Merced, California
Aphoristic Rating: 7/10
I AIN’T NO MIRACLE WORKER – The Brogues [2:45]
(Nancie Mantz/Annette Tucker)
Personnel/GARY COLE (DUNCAN): vocals, guitar * EDDIE RODRIGUES: lead guitar * RICK CAMPBELL: organ * BILL WHITTINGTON: bass * GREG ELMORE: drums
Produced by DAVE BURGESS
Recorded in Hollywood, CA
Challenge single #59316 (11/65)
The Brogues formed in 1964, although they didn’t become successful until they poached vocalist Gary Duncan from The Ratz in 1965. The members had played in R&B bands, and blended this with the British Invasion sounds from The Animals and The Pretty Things.
‘I Ain’t No Miracle Worker’ was the band’s second single. It was co-written by Annette Tucker, who also contributed to two songs on Nuggets by The Electric Prunes. ‘I Ain’t No Miracle Worker’ is a good song, although the slick, professional lyrics make it seem like an odd fit among the garage rock of Nuggets. The guitars are lively, my favourite part of the record.
The Brogues are one of the least prolific bands on Nuggets – they only released two singles before breaking up. They were unable to promote ‘I Ain’t No Miracle Worker’ – they split when Campbell and Rodriguez were drafted into the Vietnam War, and they were unable to find suitable replacements
Bassist Bill Whittington pursued a career in magic, while Gary Cole and Greg Elmore formed the far better-known Quicksilver Messenger Service.
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