Nuggets-bound LA folk-rock punks The Leaves hit the US Top 40 in 1966 with their pioneering?and speaker-shredding!?rock version of ?Hey Joe?; their snotty workaday protest rant ?Too Many People,? also released on the local Mira label, was a sizable regional hit.

Flush with minor-chord ballads and rockers that brim with alternately jangling and slashing guitars, wailing harmonica, and rubbery bass courtesy of singer and future Turtles and Mothers of Invention member Jim Pons, The Leaves' early music is the perfect synthesis of that of their neighborhood folk-rock compatriots, The Byrds and Love - and absolute boilerplate stuff for any respectable garage collection.
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