|These four tracks come from a 78 RPM acetate recorded in 1963 at Meagher Electronics, in Monterey, California. The Vistells were from Monterey. No releases occurred. These acetates are courtesy Dave Kibler, currently half of The SoundBytes, and a founding member of Papa Doo Run Run.|
The image at left of The Vistells was taken in 1963 at Fort Ord in Monterey. In the photo are from (L-R) Johnny Mullins rhythm guitar, Mike Reesen drums, Dave Kibler lead guitar, and Mike Dokter bass. I came across these wonderful tracks on Garage Hangover. From there come the following notes:
"The Vistells recorded in what may have been the only recording studio in Monterey, Meagher Electronics. They made some 78 rpm Audiodisc acetates for us and we were thrilled. The Vistells were Johnny Mullins on rhythm guitar, Mike Reesen on drums, Mike Dokter on bass, and Dave Kibler on lead guitar. On Night Train you can hear what an accomplished drummer Mike was. He started when he was really young, and he knew all the drum rudiments. This is the genesis of the Cobras sound, since this is the same lineup, without Bob O'Neill."
The Cobras were the band that followed, also based in Santa Cruz. They played with all the local and South Bay legends, from the Syndicate Of Sound to the E-Types.
Garage Hangover led me to Dave Kibler, who lives nearby, and the honor of restoring the acetates and then the resulting digital transfers. One day, I hope these tracks appear on a comp for all to hear.