THE GURUS – Are Hear! [US 60’s Garage]

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The Gurus Are Hear! was actually advertised in Billboard and Cashbox in 1967, but the album was canceled only a few weeks before its projected release. More than 35 years later, it finally emerged as this Sundazed CD, augmented naturally by five bonus cuts. So is it just as mysterious and exotic as psychedelic collectors suspected? Not exactly, but it’s a pretty interesting if slightly contrived and kitschy hybrid of psychedelic rock and Middle Eastern music. As it turns out, the best of their demented anguished-psychedelia-in-a-falafel-restaurant-bellydancing-room had already been issued on their two singles (both sides of which are included on the album). From those 45s, “Come Girl,” “Blue Snow Night,” and “Everybody’s Got to Be Alone Sometime” are genuinely fine and rather ahead-of-their-time songs. Singer John Lieto howls like a pained cantor while the band plays psychedelia fit for a harem, with oud trills, raga-rock electric guitar, bent notes, and tortured minor keys aplenty, though not bereft of some garage rock energy and hooks. The other songs aren’t quite up to that level, aren’t terribly varied, and are sometimes quite a bit more pop-oriented and normal-sounding, with “Contact” penned by the Bonner-Gordon team of “Happy Together” fame. But not all of those extra cuts are unmemorable, the band totally overhauling “Louie Louie” into a dervish-swirling dance that must rank as one of the weirdest covers of this covered-to-death song. And you’ve gotta love a song (“Shaker Life”) with the line “Come life eternal, shake it out of me, all that is carnal,” set to a tune and beat like “Twist and Shout” gone to temple. The less essential bonus tracks include another Bonner-Gordon tune, “They All Got Carried Away,” and alternate versions (one of them wholly instrumental) of four songs from the album. [AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberge]

”This cd basically rocks from start to finish but there are a couple of throwaways. The ones that aren’t strong are the more polished mainstream pop efforts which don’t bare much of a resemblance to their sound. But otherwise this band had a very innovative and interesting early psychedelic sound, which occasionally reminds me of The Music Machine. Their sound is characterized by banging bongos, fuzzed out guitar solos, Yelping vocals, strange middle-eastern instruments, and a hypnotizing overall vibe. THis is a nice breath of fresh air for all you garage/psych heads that have already bought everything else from 66-69. enjoy!” [Amazon Customer Reviews]

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SOUL, INC. [US 60’s Garage]

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”The Louisville, Kentucky band which released 7 great 45s between 1966-1969 which just ring out with great fuzz guitar, Hammond Organ, Mellotrons, and hard-driving vocals. 20 tracks including unreleased material and a great Psychedelic sampler track from their later incarnation The Elysian Field. They take a tour named ”caravan of stars tour” with The Byrds, We Five, Paul Revere & The Raiders and Bo Diddly.”

”Soul. Inc, although displaying a magnitude of soul influences, diverged into practically every other mid-60s genre. Their name was not entirely apt! The 20 featured tracks trace the Louisville band’s musical journey from 1965 until ’69 via a number of 45s released on local labels, alternate takes and previously unreleased songs. “Stronger Than Dirt” (later covered by fellow garage bands the Daybreakers and Us Four) is a fuzz laden tune, with a soul tinged verse, a wild solo, pounding drums and a comical lyric, apparently inspired by an Ajax advert from the TV. Danceable 60s garage punk just doesn’t come any better! A few months later when the Byrds startled every young band with “Eight Miles High” Soul Inc’s reaction was to write “60 Miles High” on which they nearly managed to achieve the psychedelic zest of the Byrds. “UFO” which is so influenced by Dylan that it might as well be fellow imitators Mouse & The Traps, is another excellent example of garage band parody. The magnificent moog segment is uncannily like the whacky sounds on the Osmond’s hit “Crazy Horses”. Soul Inc an influence on the Osmonds? Maybe! Finally, the later proto-punk number “I Hate You” blends hard rock fret abuse with nihilistic singing. By the end of the decade the soul influence had completely gone.” [Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills]

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Ultimate Bonehead! vol.3&4

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Yeah right, you’re not hallucinate, your wildest, wettest dream is commin’ true. Here are more Boneheads for yer ever hungry hard rockin’ soul. They just keep gettin’ better and better. Brutalising heavy garage proto-punk fever across USA ’69-76. Ripped from very limited [only 300] vinyl just fer ya. It’s Ultimate, Dig!!!

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Ultimate Bonehead vol.1&2 [USA Biker Hard-Rock Garage 1969-76]

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Hot Damn! Here are more REAL COOL garage-biker-hard-rockin’ boogie fuzzed-up loosers, in the same vein as ”Bonehead Crunchers”. Prepare yourself for more rare late 60’s/mid 70’s fuzz-munchin’, teeth-gnashing workouts from USA. If you dig stuff like Ron Asheton’s New Order, MC 5 or Blue Cheer, this is fer ya. Ripped from very limited vinyl elpees. Hard & Heavy, get down ‘n’ Dig!!!

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Bonehead Crunchers Vol.1-5 [Garage, Proto-Punk, Glam Obscurities 1969-75]

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Fuzzed-out proto-punk madness across US, UK, Eu & Australia from late 60’s to mid 70’s. Here you gotta deal with some real obcure acts doin’ kinda anarcho-hard rock, mindless boogie, glam, proto-metal & garage shit you maybe don’t wanna know but you will. Lotsa interesting & rare stuff for you to dig. It’s a ”Big Boobs Boogie” goin’ on !

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Last Of The G.P.U. 3&4

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Holly shit! They just keep comin’. Here are more snotty 60’s garage loosers for your bleeding heavy metal earholes. Raw, stupid and fucked up 60’s punkers just as you like ’em. Volume 3 is by far my favorite part of this pretty solid series. Bloody ace & smokin’ garage stuff: Young Strangers – She’s Gone, Rogues – Opportunity, Fathoms – Down To The Sea, Torques – It’s Me Not You, Kinetics – Little Girl [GREAT & definitive cover of famous Syndicate Of Sound hit], Apollo’s Apaches – Boss, Vespers – Will She Love Me, Herd – Things Won’t Change, ThisIsIt – Needles & Nightmares, Zounds – Me & My Girl, Vespers – Girl Girl Girl, Couriers – My Baby Doesn’t Love Me Any More, Last Image – Leaving You, Cavaliers – Checkmate… Many previously uncomped rare tunes. Waaaaay COOOL! Dig!!!

LINK WRAY – The Pathway Sessions [1989/07]

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Bruce Brand – Thee Milkshakes, Headcoats, Mighty Caesar’s drummer and all round musician – plays everything [Rhythm Guitar, Drums, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Piano] but solo guitar on these 1989. recordings.
They were issued in ’89. as 2 LPs [“Apache” & “Wild Side Of The City LightS”], at the time and with the new technology now available, they have been remixed by Rob Keyloch who engineered 1997’s “Shadowman”. This has brought out the full power of the Link Wray guitar and beefed up the sound considerably.
Pathway studio has always been regarded as London’s answer to Sun with its distinct sound and 8 track analogue technology.
Link only made one other studio album in the 80s and these recordings are by far and away the best of that decade from him.
Here you gotta deal with Links’ ace instro stuff as The Wild One, Shawnee, The Joker, Green Hornet, Hotel Loneliness, The Flying Wedge (Drag Race), American Sunset, Viva Zapata as well as fine vocal tunes Beautiful Brown Eyes & Elvis covers Little Sister & Love Me Tender.

Listen to the GROWL, Listen To The BEAT! Dig!!!

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VISIONS OF THE PAST vol.1-4 [German & UK 60’s Freakbeat/Psych]

Early 90’s comp. series of mostly German & UK 60’s & early 70’s garage, freakbeat, mod & psych.

Volumes 1 & 4 are focused on obscure German Psych/Freakbeat with couple of trax from Belgium & Netherlands. Featuring in vol.1 – Dom, Ooze, Sub, Klan, United Five, Petards Rackers, Untouchables… vol.4 –  The Safaris, The Desperates, Mersey Kings, Dischas, Phantom Brothers, The Sad Sack Set, The Ricketts, Vanguards, Kenny, The Freed, The Jailbirds, The Chosen Few, The Subjects… Pretty RARE & GREAT stuff!

Volumes 2 & 3 consist of mostly cool UK Mod/Freakbeat/Psych, among obscures featuring some well known 60’s undergrond acts as Big Boy Pete, Mickey Finn, Accent, Arthur Brown, The End, Sharon Tandy & Fleur De Lys… Dig!!!

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PAINTED FACES – Anxious Color [1966-68]

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Originally known as The Dimension, Painted Faces were formed in 1965 in Florida. They recorded the classic title track featured on the legendary ”Acid Dreams” comp. This is a ’94 Distortions rec. collection of mostly unreleased tunes recorded between 1966 and 1968, when the band split due to miltary call-ups. Solid mix of garage, folk rock, psych & pop including fine covers of Strawberry Alarm Clock, Rolling Stones, Byrds, Beau Brummels, and cool originals as Hard Life, I Lost You In My Mind, Girl You’re Growing Up, Black-Hearted Susan… Sound execution by Surfadelic. Dig!

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