|The Mystics came from either Valhalla or White Plains, and had turned in a decent cover of the Peppermint Trolley Company’s “Lollipop Train” on the Ren-Vell Battle of the Bands album, which I covered last year.|
Members were Jimmy Carpenito vocals and guitar, Charlie Sinerate guitar, Bob Fresta organ, Dan Liberati bass and Mike Mruz on drums. Jimmy Carpenito stayed active in music.
For their follow-up single they recorded a novelty original called “Ride My Pony (Come)”, complete with carousel calliope organ playing, and written by James Carpenito and Bob Fresta.
The flip is an excellent cover of the P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri song “This Is What I Was Made For”, which had been previously been done by the Grass Roots (on Dunhill records) and Wild Life (on Columbia). All copies of the Mystics’ version have a short audible glitch that comes in about 45 seconds into the song, probably dirt or damage to the master stamper.
They have another 45 with two original songs by Jimmy Carpenito on their own Mystic label, “Orphan” / “Bad to Me”, that I haven’t heard yet. These were recorded at White Plains Recording Studio. The group played on the Zacherle show at some point.
Thanks to Ron for the label shots of Orphan / Bad to Me.