The Other Half – “What Can I Do For You” (1968)

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Before sitting down to try out the excellent new King Noodle in Bushwick on Saturday night, I stumbled across the nondescript doorway of Heaven Street record shop in the basement of a nearby apartment building. It was here that I came across a reissue of The Other Half’s 1968 self titled featuring guitar wizard Randy Holden (later of Blue Cheer). Upon listening, two things immediately caught my attention–the degree to which “What Can I Do For You (First Half)” sounds like the Grateful Dead’s “Viola Lee Blues” and how much “What Can I Do For You (The Other Half)” reminds me of the groove on Ultimate Spinach’s “Ballad of the Hip Death Goddess.” A terrific garage-psych album that puts into full view the early greatness of Randy Holden, who apparently turned down a role in The Yardbirds to take on this gig. Seek out the LP, which was reissued in 2012 by Pilot Records.

The Other Half – “What Can I Do For You (First Half)”

The Other Half – “What Can I Do For You (The Other Half)”

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