Ace Records has released a new cover of a 1960s Bee Gees rarity “Ring My Bell” by Strangers in a Strange Land, joined by original Bee Gees guitarist Vince Melouney.
Vince Melouney told Goldmine, “I played guitar on the original recording of “Ring My Bell" when I was a member of The Bee Gees and now playing on Stranger in a Strange Land’s version some 53 years on is a real blast!” In the U.S., from 1967 through 1969, The Bee Gees quintet was in the U.S. Top 40 eight times. The group included Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb plus guitarist Vince Melouney and drummer Colin Petersen. Their 1968 album Horizontal included the hit single “Massachusetts” but excluded the song “Ring My Bell” from the recording sessions.
Now the San Francisco duo Strangers in a Strange Land, comprised of vocalist Paul Kopf and bassist Alec Palao, both also of The Seeds, are joined by Vince Melouney on guitar, Blondie drummer Clem Burke, and Jonathan Lea of The Jigsaw Seen on additional guitar and mellotron for this new version, produced by Shel Talmy. The catchy recording is on par with Emitt Rhodes’ “Fresh as a Daisy” and Three Dog Night’s “Family of Man.” Alec Palao shared with Goldmine, “When the opportunity for Strangers in a Strange Land to work with Vince, I thought it would be great to cover ‘Ring My Bell’ which I have loved since I first heard it on a Bee Gees box set some years ago.” Strangers in a Strange Land has a full length album planned for later this year.