Origin: La Pas, Manitoba
From The Pas, Manitoba, the 60’s rockabilly band The Midnight Angels are featured here with four rare tracks. The original musicians on the recording sessions at Toronto’s Sound Canada Recording Centre in 1967 are Lary Haynes, vocals and bass; Don Nabess, rhythmn guitar and vocals; Charles Nabess, lead guitar and vocals with Jim Moran on drums. After the session, Bill Allard replaced Jim on drums when they toured. Their first single was “I’m Sufferin’” b/w “(I Wish) In The Moonlight” released on the Apex label in early 1969 with local success in Dauphin (#4 on CKDN), Winnipeg and throughout the Western provinces where they toured.
Indigeneous brothers Don and Charles Nabess, were influenced musically by the wealth of country and southern/rockabilly records they collected from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Lary, Don and Charles continued to work together in touring bands (“Three Penny Opera” etc.) until Charles’ death in 2014. “You Need Me” and “From Bad To Worse” were never released on a vinyl single. All four tracks are now available here for the first time.
In the barren lands and Gateway to the North, brothers Don and Charles Nabess lived in the tiny village of La Pas, Manitoba. From the frozen and dark nights arose the high school band 'The Essentials'. The light shun upon them and they were renamed 'The Midnight Angels'. The garage gods enlisted legendary producer Greg Hambleton, who at the time was working on an album dedicated to Canadian mythical creatures (only a single was released - "Ogopogo b/w The Ookpik Song" on Canamyth UTD 101).
Somehow, this garage outfit recorded one of the best (and shortest) garage punk numbers ever recorded in Canada - certainly Manitoba and definitely La Pas! Wondering where La Pas got it's strange name?
Find out here: http://citizenfreak.com/titles/318081-small-towns-of-canada-the-pas-manitoba-programme-e-255
The Midnight Angels recorded just the one single before forming Three Penny Opera. The track 'I'm Sufferin' appeared on the iconic compilation 'Nightmares From The Underworld #1'. Greg Hambleton went onto a stellar career including producing the Lords of London, writing most of the tracks on Suzann'e album and and creating the Axe Record label, which featured stellar Canadian acts including Thundermug, Steel River, Gary And Dave, Major Hooples Boarding House, Rain and many, many more......
Lary Haynes: vocals, bass
Don Nabess: rhythmn guitar, vocals
Charles Nabess: lead guitar, vocals
Jim Moran: drums