Rupe and the Jades

Listen To Me / A Time For Us

Rainbow : 100

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  • Artist: Rupe and the Jades
  • A Side: Listen To Me
  • B Side: A Time For Us
  • Label: Rainbow
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: VG+
  • Label Condition: E
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Rare small-town mid-60's Garage from an obscure group, Rupe & the Jades out of Clifton Forge, Virginia. Rupe was Rupert Howard, who was said to be a good deal older than the rebellious teenagers usually making this style kind of music.

Believed to be a 1965 press, “Listen to Me” is a strong original song written by the band themselves, featuring a ferocious guitar solo. The writers were Rupe Howard. Corky Burnett, L. King and D. Davis, all band members I assume.

The flipside carries little interest is another original song written by Corky Burnett’s original “A Time For Us” is a weak ballad with a horrid whistling intro, before the band lament against wars and poverty, it doesn't work for me. But the edgy a-side certainly does, hanging harmonies, tricky guitar, a swirling Hammond bolster the whining, pleading lead voice.

Apparently Rupe Howard went on to greater things, playing the mandolin and singing for the Mountain Magic Band, whose 1978 small label Virginia album "Blue Ridge Mountain Magic" is highly regarded by bluegrass fans.

Condition Report

clean a-side label, b-side reveals some sparse soft spotting. A-side vinyl carries strong gloss, only a few soft sleeve storage hairlines revealed when angled in the light. Listen r=to the clean crisp soundfile. the b-side however has a scuff that causes some soft clicks in the first part of song; fortunately this side is a weak wishy-washy ballad of no significance. THe important side play great!

A Side

  • Title: Listen To Me

    B Side

  • Title: A Time For Us
  • Year: 1965
  • City: Clifton Forge, Virginia