|THE BUNCH-Don't Come Back To Me/You Can't Do This U.K. CBS 2740 1967|
The Bunch began their career as a soulful, moddy U.K. seven piece with a powerful horn section before morphing into psych pop thanks to a slew of John Pantry compositions on their last two 45's of four singles for the CBS label.
Today's subject concerns their mod/soul/r&b period. We previously wrote about their debut 45 way back in 2008, this was their second released in May 1967. "Don't Come Back To Me" starts out with a soulful intro before breaking into great ska rhythm on organ and horns. The ska/soul balance is maintained throughout the number and works thanks to the strong horn section and the catchy call and response chorus.
On the B-side "You Can't Do This" is even stronger in my estimation. Again it's propelled by their massive horn section but this time it's beneath a poppy but soulful groove which works. It reminds me a lot of bands that were cutting similar sounds at the time on Deram like The Quik and The Eyes of Blue in that there's a heavy blue eyed soul vibe going but the vocalists aren't desperately trying to convince the listeners that they're a black American r&b singer.
"Don't Come Back" sadly has yet to be comped but "You Can't Do This" was resurrected for Past and Presents "New Ruble" series and appears on "New Rubble Volume 4: Utopia Daydream" and is also available for download on iTunes.
Hear "Don't Come Back To Me":
Hear "You Can't Do This":