the Kaliedoscope Machine
Toledo/St. Petersburg, MI, 1967
Formed in the spring of '67 by a Toledo University student whose wife's brother was an aspiring high school musician in nearby St. Petersburg, MI. With a couple other high school classmates, the Kaleidoscope Machine played gigs at St. Petersburg HS and some Toledo school dances. Dennis, the TU student, was primarily interested in recording his songs so they went to a local radio station and recorded "Why" and "We Can't Wait" (influenced by Dave Brubeck's "Take Five"). A couple hundred copies were pressed and the record got a few spins on local radio stations. The band tried hard to promote the record by sending copies out to midwest radio stations but not much happened. The band only lasted for several months as Dennis decided to concentrate on his studies as a radio engineer. Both sides of the record are great slices of heartfelt teen sentiment with energetic garage band backing and copies are very hard to find.