60’s Minny-beat nuggs of bouncy bliss! Along with their Twin City topping cover of “Sugar & Spice” their Kay Bank studio master tapes featured stellar takes on Beau Brummels, Hollies, Pickett, & Yardbirds tunes, yet the best cuts are the swarm of Grasshoppers originals!
“Nobody wanted to do it, and they all looked at me. I said, ‘Hey guys, I just came to this country from Holland. And you want me to write songs?’” That's Grasshoppers guitarist Ben Hamar’s backstory for the Minnesota band’s original repertoire.
In the mid-to-late ‘60s, The Grasshoppers were kings of the Twin Cities music scene. They had it all — sweat-stained rock ‘n’ roll bona fides, radio-ready pop songcraft, and harmonies tighter than a monk’s entertainment budget. They took their act all over the Midwest, from Iowa to Wisconsin to North Dakota, sometimes generating a Beatlemania-like female frenzy along the way.
But for all their regional renown, The Grasshoppers only released one single during their five-year run, and not a note of their original material. More than five decades after their breakup, Let It Be That Way rights that wrong, containing not only their lone 45 but 14 unheard tracks, including those original tunes Hamar churned out after pulling the short straw.
• Cut from the Kay Bank Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
• First ever Grasshoppers (MN) LP, featuring their Twin City toppin' 45 paired with a lucky 13 more glorious nuggets!
• On Caelifera green vinyl pressed in the USA and stuffed with some great Jim Allen liner notes!
Also available on CD with a bonus track!
Sugar And Spice (The Searchers) (2:31) • Still In Love With You Baby (Beau Brummels) (2:38) Riding In My Car (3:09) • With This Kiss (2:10) • Words Of Love (1:42) • Paper Cup Beggar (2:05) • The Muffin Man (1:45) • Our Love (2:48) • Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett) (3:16) • Look Through Any Window (The Hollies) (1:55) • Watch People (1:49) • Let It Be That Way (2:00) • Mister, You're A Better Man Than I (Yardbirds) (3:23) • Lonely Me (3:00) • Very Last Day (Peter, Paul and Mary) (2:46) • Chini Wong (CD only) (2:21)