Friday, August 28, 2009


Notes From The Underground were formed in Berkeley in 1965. Following some personnel changes by 1966 the line-up of the group was Fred Sokolow, Mark Mandell, Jim Work, Mike O'Connor and Peter Oswald, who replaced the original drummer Joe Luke. Toward the end of 1966 the group had a regular gig at the Jabberwock coffee house in Berkeley. As a result of this increased exposure they had the chance to record an EP in 1967.

After the release of the EP Jim Work left the band and was replaced by John Miller. At the end of 1967 the group signed a recording contract with Vanguard and travelled to New York to record an album. Jim Miller was unable to make the trip and was replaced by Skip Rose. Toward the end of 1968 Oswald and O'Connor left the group. Notes From The Underground continued to tour but did not record again. They disbanded toward the end of 1969.


  • Follow Me Down (To The Underground) (O'Connor / Rose)
  • I Wish I Was a Punk (Mandell)
  • Mainliner (Gale)
  • Down in the Basement (Mandell / O'Connor)
  • What Am I Doing Here? (Sokolow)
  • Where I'm At (O'Connor / Rose)
  • Cantaloupe Island (Hancock)
  • Why Did You Put Me On? (Mandell)
  • Tristesse (Mandell / Sokolow)
  • Who Needs Me (Mandell / Sokolow)

  • Fred Sokolow - guitar, banjo, mandolin, tambourine, vocals
  • Mark Mandell - guitar, vocals
  • Skip Rose - piano, electric piano, organ, harpsichord
  • Mike O'Connor - bass, vocals
  • Peter Oswald - drums


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