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The Love Exchange

From: Los Angeles, CA, USA

This L.A. ensemble evolved out of the Christian rock band the Crusaders in early 1967. Original members included brothers Fred (lead guitar) and Jeff Barnett (drums), Dan Altchuler (rhythm guitar), Mike Joyce (bass) and Walter Flannery (keyboards). They began experimenting with female lead vocalists, first briefly hiring 14 year old Lana Hale, the daughter of 'Gilligan's Island' star Alan Hale Jr. ("The Skipper"). Soon after, they replaced Hale with 16 year old Bonnie Blunt (lead vocals), who anchored the band and their sound.

The group first issued a single in late 1967 ('Mellow Memory' b/w 'Swallow The Sun') with the B-side being a re-titled and rather unique cover of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy's 'Dark On You Now'. A self-titled LP was then issued in early 1968, which also includes the stand-out track 'Swallow The Sun'. The band played often around the L.A. area, including gigs at Pandora's Box and other Sunset Strip clubs, the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and at some festivals, but broke up after appearing at the Newport '69 Pop Festival in June, 1969.

Original LPs/EPs

The Love Exchange

Original LP/EP Label: Tower ST-5115

Released: April, 1968

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Swallow The Sun

    (Original 45 Label: Uptown 755, B - November, 1967)

General Compilations

Golden State Recoders, Inc.: V.1 Garage & Psych

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Swallow The Sun

Nuggets From The Golden State: Crystalize Your Mind

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Swallow The Sun