Thursday, August 18, 2011

Broken Hearted Lady

Earlier this summer, I picked up this compilation set of the McAllen, Texas music scene of the late 1960's. It features a variety of different acts, but the main act that anchors this set is Christopher and the Souls. This group became well known in the Valley after a famous eBay auction and an article by The Monitor. That article talks a bit about their song, "Broken Hearted Lady", which I uploaded on my YouTube account here (which I acquired thanks to this neat compilation):

Here is an interview they did right before they were set to perform at SXSW 2010. 

If you want to read more about this band, check out this great page about Christopher and The Souls over at Garage Hangover.


  1. This is awesome, where did you find this compilation? I really dig psych, and garage rock, and from what I hear these valley bands really knew what they were doing. These truly are hidden gems. Do you know where could I find a copy of this album? I had no idea the valley had such a vibrant psychedelic/garage rock scene in the 1960's. I would really love to explore it more, and this album seems like the perfect place to start.

  2. Finding a Christopher and the Souls vinyl record is probably incredibly difficult, not sure where one can find one. But sometimes you can find other Valley records on eBay on a semi-regular basis.

    I found that compilation on Amazon, it's worth getting since it's a nice variety of music and the CD booklet comes with quality information and cool photos. Here is the Amazon link.

    One of the bands featured in this compilation is the Playboys of Edinburg (from Edinburg, TX), and some of their Valley work of the 1960's. They eventually changed their name to "Poe". Someone made a blog entry about Poe's "Up Up Thru the Spiral", which is really radical and experimental.

  3. Thanks, ordered the compilation off of Amazon. There's some really great stuff on there.