|THE WASHINGTON D.C.'S-Thirty Second Floor/A Whole Lot More US Date 2-1537 1966|
To most American's the Date label will always be famous for releasing the Zombies "Oddysey And Oracle" LP in the U.S. and it's subsequent smash single "Time Of The Season". The label released music from a variety of genres and prior to The Zombies "hit" in 1968 they had released lots of other British singles by Brian Poole, British based Walker Brother Gary Walker, The Love Affair and today's specimen, The Washington D.C.'s.
Issued in December 1966 "Thirty-Second Floor" was the first single to be released in America by the British quintet The Washington D.C.'s (and their last). It was previously issued in the U.K. in July on the CBS label (202226) where it was their third single on their third label (previous releases were on Ember and the primarily ska/mento/Calypso label Black Swan) and was titled "32nd Floor".
"Thirty Second Floor" is a poppy number with some cool classical piano/combo organ licks not unlike something by Simon Dupree and The Big Sound musically and heavy on the harmonies reminiscent of The Bystanders meet The Ivy League. It's catchy, well structured and well produced (by Barry Mason) and totally infectious!
The flip, "A Whole Lot More" is musically like something The Zombies were doing at the same time and it has some interesting soul chops to it but it's not something I would play repeatedly like the A-side.
"Thirty Second Floor" was comped on the 2011 various artists CD "Piccadilly Sunshine Volume Five: British Pop Psych And Other Flavours 1966-1969".
Hear "Thirty Second Floor":
Hear "A Whole Lot More":
Check out the band performing "Thirty-Second Floor" live at the Tiles club in London for German TV's "Beat Club":