Friday, August 4, 2023

Walflower Complextion - Walflower Complextion / When I`m Far From You (1966-67 us, nice surf garage rock, 2000 double disc remaster)

The Walflower Complextion were an 1960s garage band. What was not average about them was that, even though they were American, they were formed, recorded, and performed in Bogota, Colombia. The five bandmembers, ranging in age from 14 to 17, were Americans attending high school in Bogota. Rock groups of any kind, let alone American ones, were rare in Colombia at this time. So despite their callow youth and primitive equipment, they were signed to Daro International Records after the label's president heard about them at a cocktail party.

The Walflower Complextion recorded two albums for Daro in their short lifetime, the first appearing in late 1966, the other a few months later in early 1967. In both performance and material, the LPs were quite similar to that mini-genre known among '60s collectors as "prep school" rock: vanity records, done by kids at private school, that were pressed in small quantities, pretty much just for the benefit of themselves, their family, and friends. Like almost all of those prep school LPs, the pair by the Walflower Complextion were populated by many cover versions, principally of British Invasion songs. Obviously they were huge fans of the Rolling Stones; their first album had four Stones covers, while the second had a couple of non-Stones originals that were nonetheless most likely learned from the Stones' covers of those items.

The Walflower Complextion actually appeared on television in Colombia, whose TV facilities were so crude at that point that on one of them they were filmed by the first television video camera in the country. The albums were only distributed in Colombia, and the group broke up in June 1967. Both of the LPs were reissued on a double CD by Normal/Shadoks.
by Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1. All It Is (Richard Sampson, Fred Sampson) - 2:45
2. Empty Heart (Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman) - 3:00
3. Tell Me (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 3:27
4. Chris's B's (Chris Kryzs, Fred Sampson) - 3:28
5. Blue Bells (Richard Sampson, Chris Kryzs, Fred Sampson, Pat Sinex) - 1:51
6. Last Time (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 3:08
7. Hanky Panky (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry) - 2:27
8. Sapphire (Chris Kryzs, Fred Sampson, Pat Sinex) - 3:42
9. Blue Turns To Grey (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 2:29
10.Long Tall Shorty (Don Covay, Herb Abramson) - 2:23
11.Yack The Ripper (Link Wray) - 2:18
12.Open Up Your Door (Richard Sampson) - 2:34
All Tracks from "Walflower Complextion" 1966
Disc 2
1. Baby Please Don't Go (Big Joe Williams) - 2:22
2. Route 66 (Bobby Troup) - 2:26
3. When I'm Far From You (Fred Sampson) - 3:01
4. Not Fade Away (Norman Petty, Charles Hardin) - 2:46
5. El Caiman (Jose Maria Penaranda) - 2:23
6. La Bamba (Traditional) - 3:03
7. From Head To Toe (Fred Sampson, Chris Kryzs) - 2:40
8. Needles And Pins (Jack Nitzsche, Sony Bono) - 2:22
9. Gloria (Van Morrison) - 2:37
10.She Belongs To Me (Bob Dylan) - 3:20
11.Santa Marta (Cresencio Salcedo) - 2:53
12.Out Of Sight (Big Joe Williams) - 2:22
All Tracks from "When I`m Far From You" 1967

The Walflower Complextion
*Richard Sampson -  Drums
*Chris Kryzs - Guitar, Vocals
*Fred Sampson - Guitar, Vocals
*Mark Lusk - Lead Vocals 
*Pat Sinex -  Bass (Disc 1, Tracks: 2-7, 9-12, Disc 2) 
*Rodney Roberts -  Bass (Disc 1, Tracks 1, 8)