The Paupers

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In 1967 the great band from the North released their debut record. The Paupers, along with the Guess Who, were one of the first Canadian bands to capitalize on the British Invasion. They started releasing singles in 1965 with a lineup consisting of Denny Gerrard (Bass), Skip Prokop (Drums), Bill Marion (Guitars) and Chuck Beal (Guitars). Prokop and Marion handled all the songwriting chores on their first clutch of singles.

Their early sound was a classy mixture of roots music, blues and folk-rock (think early Byrds or Lovin’ Spoonful crossed with the Blues Project circa 1965). The band began rehearsing 14 hours a day, honing their setlist and evolving into one of the tightest bands around. They hit the hip Yorkville District of Canada, playing to packed out venues daily and in return this gained them immense popularity. Rumor has it that the Paupers blew the mighty Jefferson Airplane off stage one night. In 1966/1967, Bill Marion exited the band for reasons unknown, prompting the Paupers to recruit Adam Mitchell. Mitchell (guitar and vocals) proved to be an excellent songwriting partner for Prokop, and at this point the band set out to create their debut lp.

Magic People has a good mid 60’s sound and is anchored by the band’s folk-rock leanings. There are a trio of good psychedelic sunshine pop fuzz rockers on the record. These songs, Magic People, It’s Your Mind and Think I Care, are highlighted by Prokop’s distinct drum patterns, special guitar effects, and great raga soloing. The only dud on the album is One Rainy Day, which is a jaunty good time Lovin’ Spoonful rocker. The remaining six songs are good to great folk-rockers, that recall the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Beau Brummels. The catchy You and Me feels like a throw back to a 1965 Byrds or Brummels folk-rock sound. Tudor Impressions is excellent, reflective, and abstract, including horns, sparkling accoustic guitars and a Beach Boys-like harmony pop ending. Black Thank You Package and My Love Hides From Your View have a great outsider feel. Black Thank You Package has a distinct, exciting intro and a catchy chorus while My Love Hides is an absolute haunting masterpiece of acid-folk.

Later on in the year the band would play at the seminal Monterey Pop Festival. Everything that could go wrong for them did. Band members took doses of acid that were way too strong and had equipment/sound check problems. Thus, it was the beginning of the end for the Paupers, a group of individuals who had began with so much promise. In 1968, beneath all the internal turmoil, the Paupers were able to squeeze one more lp out. Ellis Island is a little mini psychedelic gem and fans are strongly urged to check this great album out as well.
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Albums

DRL-103 The Paupers - Somethin' Else album art The Paupers - David Clayton Thomas* - The Shays The Paupers - David Clayton Thomas* - The Shays - Somethin' Else(LP, Mono) Roman Records (3) DRL-103 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
The Paupers - Magic People album art The Paupers Magic People (Album) Verve Forecast, Verve Forecast US 1967 Sell This Version
The Paupers - Ellis Island album art The Paupers Ellis Island (Album) Verve Forecast, Verve Forecast US 1968 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Paupers - If I Told My Baby album art The Paupers If I Told My Baby (Single) Red Leaf Canada 1965 Sell This Version
The Paupers - Never Send You Flowers album art The Paupers Never Send You Flowers Red Leaf Canada 1965 Sell This Version
The Paupers - If I Call You By Some Name album art The Paupers If I Call You By Some Name (Single) Verve Forecast Canada 1966 Sell This Version
DR 1111 The Paupers Long Tall Sally(7", Single) Roman Records (3) DR 1111 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
The Paupers - South Down Road album art The Paupers South Down Road (Single) Verve Forecast France 1967 Sell This Version
The Paupers - Magic People / Black Thank You Package album art The Paupers Magic People / Black Thank You Package (Single) Verve Records US 1967 Sell This Version
The Paupers - Think I Care / White Song album art The Paupers Think I Care / White Song (Single) Verve Folkways Canada 1967 Sell This Version
KF-5043 The Paupers - Simple Deed/Let Me Be album art The Paupers Simple Deed/Let Me Be(7", Single) Verve Folkways KF-5043 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
KF5056 The Paupers - One Rainy Day album art The Paupers One Rainy Day(7", Promo) Verve Forecast KF5056 US 1967 Sell This Version
518007 The Paupers - Cairo Hotel album art The Paupers Cairo Hotel(7", Single) Verve Forecast 518007 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
KF 5094 The Paupers - Another Man's Hair In My Razor / Cairo Hotel album art The Paupers Another Man's Hair In My Razor / Cairo Hotel(7", Single, Promo) Verve Forecast KF 5094 US 1968 Sell This Version
VS 1520 The Paupers - South Down Road album art The Paupers South Down Road(7", Single, Promo) Verve Forecast VS 1520 UK 1969 Sell This Version

Compilations

DED 253 The Paupers - Magic People album art The Paupers Magic People(2xLP, Comp) Edsel Records DED 253 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Head 3997 The Paupers - Ellis Island / Magic People album art The Paupers Ellis Island / Magic People(CD, Comp) Head (2) Head 3997 1997 Sell This Version
314 538 839-2 The Paupers - Dig Deep 1966-1968 album art The Paupers Dig Deep 1966-1968(CD, Comp) Universal 314 538 839-2 Canada 1999 Sell This Version