Captain Billy's Whizbang

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paul rote This is actually from 1969 !!!!!! Favorite track: Paradise of Your Mind.
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For the first time in over 40 years, these two highly-praised tracks are available for LEGAL downloading.
PARADISE OF YOUR MIND has been reviewed as “The best Pysch song ever written.” Also, this cover of KALEIDOSCOPE s considered by many to be more appealing than the original version by Procol Harum.
In the late 1960s, the band Captain Billy’s Whizbang was an extremely popular East Coast band. While competing groups were mostly “cover” bands, Captain Billy’s Whizbang garnered the appreciation of their following by inserting many original songs into their playlist.
The band eventually went into the RCA Recording Studio in New York City and began working on their first album. In 1969, their first single, "Paradise of Your Mind" (written by Pat Portfolio, the keyboard player) was released with Kaleidoscope (written by Gary Broker and Keith Reid of the Procol Harum) on the flip side.
While the vocal to "Paradise of Your Mind" was performed by Bobby Schaffner, the lead singer, it was Gary Van Scyoc, the bass player, who sang lead for "Kaleidoscope".
Gary later went on to be a member of The Elephant’s Memory and a long time member with John Lennon’s post-Beatles band. Although Captain Billy’s break-up occurred not long after the release of these songs, their legend for being an exciting band with exceptional original songs still lives on today.

You can see BlacFlag's video of "Paradise of Your Mind on" YouTube and get more information about the band at these web sites:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWDvrFzmWzc

peachfuzzforest.blogspot.com/2007/07/captain-billys-whizbang-paradise-of.html

www.garyvanscyoc.com/jukebox.asp

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released May 15, 1969

Lead Singer: Bobby Schaffner
Guitar: Paul Vanderbeck
Drums: Bruce Stewart
Hammond Organ: Pat Portfolio
Bass and Vocals: Gary Van Scyoc

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Track Name: Paradise of Your Mind
Paradise of Your Mind

It’s not too far,
But I can’t tell you just where you are
I’ll take you there,
A place that you can never compare.
And it will seem
That life is only somebody’s dream.
But then you’ll find
You’re in the Paradise of Your Mind.

You won’t find an explanation
Why you feel this strange sensation.
Do you see hallucination?
Can you hear a new vibration?

You may ask why
Time passes slow like it’s gonna die.
Leave it behind.
You’re in the Paradise of Your Mind.

It’s not too far,
But I can’t tell you just where you are.
I’ll take you there,
A place that you can never compare.
And it will seem
That life is only somebody’s dream.
But then you’ll find
You’re in the Paradise of Your Mind.

Oooh, yeah, oooh, yeah
Oooh, yeah, oooh, yeah

Written by Pat Portfolio, ASCAP
Track Name: Kaleidoscope
KALEIDOSCOPE
Written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid

Jostle, hassle, elbow muscle,
In a swirling rainbow tussle.
Call it gross, call it sheen,
Now you’re nice for one brief scene.
Lonely in the dark I grope,
Key's in my kaleidoscope.

Concrete faces change their places,
Set up stances, exchange glances.
Lost in multi-colored fugues,
There is no home which I can choose.
Lonely in the dark I grope,
Key's in my kaleidoscope.

(Organ solo)

In one phase, one moment's fusion,
Realize the new illusion.
Clutching fingers break the puzzle,
Jostle, hassle, elbow muscle.
Still out in the dark I grope,
Key’s in my kaleidoscope.