Wanting to try out a more rockier feel as was the ongoing trend in the pop scene of the time, the group changed their name, albeit only briefly, to Jason’s Flock, before reverting back to what their fans knew them best as, The Pathfinders.
Not long after Fraser joined them, in late ‘67, he and organist Ronnie Leahy came up with an enchanting hallowe’en-styled psychedelic rocker called ‘Pumpkin Lantern’. The group duly recorded it but, criminally, this was to remain unreleased for the next two decades and more. The flipside of this rare double-sided acetate featured a highly-organic, delightfully more robust rendition of The Bee Gees song ‘To Love Somebody’.
The Pathfinders Acetate
Around the same time frame, The Pathfinders also collaborated on some demo material with The Poets’ original vocalist George Gallacher, this at the behest of Tony Meehan, the former Shadows drummer then scouting for talent to issue through The Beatles’ recently-established Apple empire.
George Gallacher & The Pathfinders
That Gallacher’s sumptuous ‘Dawn’; ‘Dawn – A Portrait’ to give it its full title (also unissued at the time but a much-cherished favourite since its inclusion on Freak Beat Fantoms…a volume of the 80s / 90s compilation LP series Rubble on the Bam Caruso label) and others that have been uncovered only recently, such as the Zombies-Odyssey-esque ‘The Sun Keeps On Shining’, and the gorgeously heartfelt soul of ‘Baby, I’d Rather Have You’ weren’t given more serious consideration with a view to commercial release at the time is astonishingly cruel. Although George and the songs he recorded with The Pathfinders were passed over, the group on their own, as many will know, were handed a lifeline and became the new potential stars of the Apple stable.