The Gallows

Come to the Party

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Both sides from each of the Gallows' two singles are pressed onto this four-song 7" EP with a nice picture sleeve; handy recollections from the group's Dennis Chamberlain and its early promoter Craig Moore (later to play in another '60s Iowa garage band, the Gonn) serve as liner notes on the back. It's pretty cool packaging for a band that, arguably, doesn't merit such astute preservation, as the music's pretty run-of-the-mill mid-'60s Midwestern small-town garage. Of the two 1965 cuts, "Come to the Party" is an OK (but nothing more) rock & roll party tune, and its flip side, "Slow Death," is a dispensable instrumental; one side of their 1967 single, "Too Many Fish in the Sea," is a spirited but unmemorable cover of the Marvelettes hit. That leaves "Remember Mary," described by Chamberlain in his notes as "what you would get if Judy Collins had written a song for Otis Redding to sing." It's not as interesting as that description makes it sound, unfortunately, though it's a relatively unusual ballad for a garage band recording.