THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: THE HUMAN BEINZ - IN JAPAN

June 23, 2010 – 3:56 am

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THE HUMAN BEINZ
In Japan [no label, 1CD]

The Human Beinz were originally “The Human Beingz,” a group from Ohio which had a major hit in late 1967 with a cover version of an Isley Brothers song, “Nobody But Me”.

Capitol Records insisted on spelling the group’s name “The Human Beinz”, a pun on “Be-In”, a hippie gathering, and Capitol refused to change the spelling after the group got a hit single. Two albums [“Nobody But Me” & “Evolutions”] followed, but the group’s brief existence was problematic.

The blue-eyed soul music of their first hit was not typical of the group’s music, which leaned towards pop psychedelia and hard rock. Concert audiences expecting R&B were not accepting of the music that the group preferred and, despite Capitol releasing a second R&B song as a single [a cover version of “Turn On Your Love Light”], the group could never score another major U.S.A. hit.

The group was also hindered by not having much original material, though songs provided by their producer Lex DeAzevedo created the effect of original material. Internal conflict set in, and the group decided to call it a day, but fate intervened.

The group was able to hit the charts in Japan with further singles, and they were contractually obligated to go to Japan. Before departing for Japan, the group recorded “Hold On Baby” for Japan-only single release through Capitol/Toshiba-EMI. The single was backed by a previous U.S.A. non-L.P. B-side “This Little Girl of Mine”. Neither track ever appeared on an official CD.

So, the group went to Japan in March 1969 to do television appearances, publicity and one concert. Unknown to the group (who were frustrated by having to use borrowed, substandard amplifiers), Toshiba/EMi recorded the concert for a (highly rare) red vinyl album “The Human Beinz in Japan”, which has never been officially released on CD, or even reissued on vinyl.

The album, as I present it, has been re-compiled from an unofficial Italian CD on the “Cosmic Mind” label. On that CD, Side One of the original live album was followed by some tracks from pre-Capitol independent label singles, then Side Two of the live album, then some more independent label singles, and a weak Human Beinz-soundalike version of “Nobody But Me”, actually performed by a group called “The Mammals”. I have omitted this non-Human Beinz track.

I give you the entire live album, followed by five pre-Capitol singles tracks (none of the reissues of the pre-Capitol singles tracks are legitimate), and I conclude with both sides of that rare Japanese single. I have obtained those Japanese singles tracks from an unauthorized, vinyl-derived UK expanded CD edition of “Evolutions” released by the “Fallout” label, a spinoff from “Radioactive”, a defunct label specializing in unauthorised Jimi Hendrix CDs.

On the Japanese live album, the group plays tracks from the “Nobody But Me” and “Evolutions” albums plus cover versions of Buffalo Springfield (“Mr.Soul”), The Rolling Stones (“I’m All Right”) and a blues instrumental (“Boogie”) heavily influenced by “Dust My Broom”. After the brief visit to Japan, the group flew back to Ohio and disbanded, though in the 21st century, rhythm guitarist Ting Markulin, who now resides in Florida, has formed a new version of the group.

The plan to give the album its first-ever legitimate CD release has been cancelled. The original Japanese vinyl has been out of print for more than 40 years. - Philip Cohen

Editor’s note: For newer music fans, it’s possible that they had come across The Human Beinz while listening to their Nuggets compilations (Nuggets From Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era). The track, Nobody But Me, was featured in the House of Blue Leaves battle in Kill Bill Vol 1 (though not on the soundtrack CD); it was also featured in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. One of the songs covered by The Human Beinz was The Pied Piper, a major hit for British pop singer Crispian St Peters. On June 8, Crispian passed away after a long illness. He was 71.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Tracks 1-12 are no longer available for download as they have been officially released.

Track 01. Hold on Baby
Track 02. Foxy Lady
Track 03. This Lonely Town
Track 04. My Animal
Track 05. Turn on Your Love Light
Track 06. Two of a Kind
Track 07. Mr. Soul
Track 08. Boogie
Track 09. I’ve Got to Keep on Pushin’
Track 10. Dance on Through
Track 11. I’m All Right
Track 12. Nobody But Me

Bonus
Track 13. The Pied Piper (studio) (4.1MB)
Track 14. My Generation (studio) (5.1MB)
Track 15. Gloria (studio) (5.1MB)
Track 16. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (studio) (3.8MB)
Track 17. Evil Hearted You (studio) (4.1MB)
Track 18. Hold On Baby (3.9MB)
Track 19. This Little Girl Of Mine (4.2MB)

Click on the link to order The Human Beinz albums.

  1. 12 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: THE HUMAN BEINZ - IN JAPAN”

  2. Great stuff (as usual). Thanks for all the music you make available - it’s greatly appreciated.

    By Rick D on Jun 23, 2010

  3. well this one is a surprise..got to check it out..thanks gang..

    By sluggo on Jun 23, 2010

  4. Thank you very much for this, both the detailed Human Beinz history as well as, of course, the almost 55 minutes of music. A nice addition to the always interesting Bigozine collection.

    By Dennis on Jun 23, 2010

  5. Groovy, man! Thanx……

    By Timmy on Jun 23, 2010

  6. This looks tantalizing.

    Thanks!

    By Bill on Jun 24, 2010

  7. gotta go take the purple acid before listening to this…thanks Big O

    By "Q" on Jun 25, 2010

  8. in an AMAZING performance of “Whole Lotta Love” (May 24th, 1975, Earls Court) the Almighty Led Zeppelin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIPm60-0smc (6:14 mark) launch into “Turn On Your Love Light”. i never knew where it came from! now if Zep was a big Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland or Human Beinz fan i do not know… i personally dig the Human Beinz version!… THANKS, Big O!

    By AllMightyMouse on Jun 25, 2010

  9. As of June 22, this appears as an official ? release on Sunbeam Records according to Amazon. The live album that is.

    By Rob T on Jul 1, 2010

  10. To Rob T,

    On Amazon.co.uk(in England, where the Sunbeam label is located), they(Amazon) have cancelled all customer orders for “The Human Beinz in Japan”, and have changed the listing to read “Sign Up to be notified when we have a release date”.
    Amazon would not go so far as to cancel all customer orders, if this was merely a brief release postponement.
    I have e-mailed the “Sunbeam” label twice to ask about “The Human Beinz in Japan”. Sunbeam has declined to respond.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 1, 2010

  11. Phil,

    Thanks very much for introducing me to a great band I’d never known of. Much appreciated. My post was as a result of me attempting to find out my information about the band. That’s what lead me to Amazon.
    Thanks for all your other posts too ! You have a goldmine in classic recordings.

    By Rob T on Jul 1, 2010

  12. To Rob T,

    To hear The Human Beinz at their best, buy the officially released two-fer “Nobody But Me”/Evolutions” released in the U.S.A.(under license from Capitol) on the “Collectibles” label. This is the best sounding release of the group’s studio recordings.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 1, 2010

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