Saturday 11 September 2021

Original Caste - One Tin Soldier/Live For Tomorrow (1969)

Since we're filling in all sorts of holes from the 60's we'd best include this single from a band that at least started in Calgary. Thankfully we can crib this story off of Wikipedia, which tells us that the Original Caste was formed in our fair city in 1966 by Bruce Innes, originally as a trio alongside Graham Bruce and Bliss Mackie. Singer Dixie Lee Stone joined the band in 1967, and they decamped to Los Angeles in 1968. Hooking up with writers and producers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, they hit it big with this single, the pop-folk opus "One Tin Soldier." The Original Caste morphed and shifted over the years, picking up a variety of different members including Richard Harrow.

Our copy of this single is pretty beat (as are sooooo many singles in our collection), but it's on so many comps, we figured you didn't need a pristine copy. Besides, you're probably more inclined to the version by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Maybe?

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