Grocer Jack (Excerpt From A Teenage Opera) - Keith West (1967)
1967 was a year for many musical milestones, including Sgt. Pepper, The Smile Sessions, Their Satanic Majesties Request and Piper at the Gates of Dawn. However, a simple tale of a dying grocer sparked the British imagination as well, catapulting the song to #2 on the Pop Charts. It is similar in a way to songs from Brian Wilson's masterpiece, not just because they both come from unfinished albums, but they were both trying to take teeny-bopper pop to a more sophisticated level. They were reaching for the heights set by the Beatles on Rubber Soul and Revolver. Of course, '67 was to be the Beatles' year for groundbreaking material but the pop experiments of lesser-known artists, like this diamond-in-the rough from producer Mark Wirtz and singer Keith West, are ripe for rediscovery, especially in the psuedo-psychedelic scene indie rock has found itself mutating towards.