MC5 – Rehearsals

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This collection of rarities and outtakes from 1969-1972 [from Wayne Kramer’s private tapes] is almost similar to ROIR 80s comp. ”Babes in Arms”, except for some not so important instrumental versions and exclusion of three early single trax. Most of the cuts are alternate versions of songs from the band’s studio albums, with great outtakes from ”High Time” LP – Skunk, Poison, Gotta Keep Movin, Baby Wont Ya, Sister Ann, Future Now. Then you got psychedelizied wah-wah jam Train Music [originally intended to be used for film ”Gold”], fine instros The Pledge Song and Power Trip [actually ”Skunk” instro version] and bunch of trax from debut LP with cool version of Tonight [great intro!] and delightful acoustic mix of Shakin’ Street. To make it complete I’ve added Looking At You / Borderline ’68 single plus three trax from ”Babes in Arms”, a ’67 single I Can Only Give You Everything / One Of The Guys and ’69 single B-side ”I Just Don’t Know”. Join the high-octane Detroit r’n’r’ revolution. ”…Order is my attitude, Beauty and perfection Are my attack”… Dig!!!

 

 

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MC5 – Back In The USA [Vinyl Rip!]

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”They told you in school about freedom
But when you try to be free they never let ya
They said “it’s easy , nothing to it”
And now the army’s out to get ya”

I know many of you have everything by these Detroit high-energy, proto-punk gang, all those Rhino, Sundazed or Japanese reissues. Anyways, here is a ’77 French reissue Lp rip of their legendary studio debut. Tonight, Teenage Lust, Looking at You, The American Ruse, Shakin’ Street I give you a testimonium: the MC5! Dig!!!

”Ok, kids, it’s rockin’ time!”

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THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE [Cult 60’s Garage/Psych]

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”The moment was there
Electrochemicals were filling the air
The pastured substance of emotional glue
Was at its best a faded blue…”
[Astrologically Incompatible]

”The Bonniwell Music Machine is the second and final album by the American garage rock band, The Music Machine, recorded under the renamed moniker, The Bonniwell Music Machine, and released on Warner Bros. Records, on February 10, 1968. As with their debut LP, the album again saw the band blending garage and psychedelic rock influences, albeit with a greater emphasis on psychedelia than on their previous album release. Prior to completing its recording, all of the group’s original members, except for its creative force, Sean Bonniwell, departed, though they would still appear on some of the album’s tracks. The album was preceded by two singles, “Double Yellow Line” and “The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly”, released 1967. respectively, but both releases were also commercially unsuccessful.” [wiki]

 

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”The eagle never hunts the fly
Listen and I’ll tell you why
He lives on the bottom of the sky
And that’s why and that’s why”

This is one of those Surfadelic favs already have been posted several times, but now it’s a vinyl rip from an unofficial release from early 90’s. Your favourite ”Talk Talk, Black-gloved Gang” teamed up with producer Brian Ross for another 60s  psych-punk masterpiece. Recorded on 8 channels, at time a state of art, this album have pretty high tech standards up there with The Beach Boys or The Beatles slabs. It’s an ingenious mix of garage-psych/soul influenced rockers and ballads, with fuzzed-out killer stuff as ”Bottom Of The Soul”, “The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly”, “Absolutely Positively”, “Double Yellow Line”, “I’ve Loved You”, “Me, Myself, And I”… Just one look at the cool cover pic and you know… ”so mechanical… so machine-like. Sort of a music machine. Very much like Sean Bonniwell’s Music Machine”. This is one of the top 60’s garage/psych records, a real Surfadelic favorite. And remember… Don’t cross, the double yellow line… Dig !!!

 

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THE TROGGS – The Vintage Years [Vinyl Rip!]

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”A classic British Invasion group formed in Andover, Hampshire in 1964. remembered chiefly as proto-punkers who reached the top of the charts with the “caveman rock” of “Wild Thing” (1966). They were signed by Larry Page, manager of the Kinks, in 1965. They recorded on Page’s Page One Records.”

Here is a vinyl rip of this ’76. 2LP comp. on Sire records. It’s a pretty solid 28 trax collection of hits and singles from 1966-72, with style range from garage/proto-punk [Wild Thing, Lost Girl, Give It To Me ,Say Darlin’, I Want You, Gonna Make You, I Can’t Control Myself, From Home, I Can Only Give You Everything], proto-glam rock [Come Now, Lover, The Raver] to slices of baroque pop [Love Is All Around, Any Way That You Want Me,Cousin Jane, You Can Cry If You Want To] and psychedelia [Night Of The Long Grass, Purple Shades, Maybe The Madman] or all-out riot of ”Feels Like A Woman”. They were an important influence for bands like the Ramones, DMZ or (earlier) the MC5. So… Come Now… Dig!!!

 

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THE SONICS – The Jerden Years [1966-69]

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After their third album (Introducing The Sonics), the original line-up split, and a band that was The Sonics in name only kept on going for the rest of the 1960s. This is a great collection that contains all of ”Introducing The Sonics” era (tracks 1-15)  and then everything else that “The Sonics” recorded after Gerry Roslie was replaced by new vocalist Jim Brady.

If you thought that only first two Sonics slabs are the real deal that matters, you gotta check this collection of Jerden rec. recordings. On their 3rd lp recorded at famous ‘Gold Star’ studios, L.A. and produced by Jerry Denon [The Kingsmen producer and owner of the Jerden label] The Sonics upgraded their raw sound to a brand new fresh & crisp garage punk audio assault. With killer original punkers as ”High Time” [who said MC5 ?], ”I’m Going Home”, ”Like No Other Man”, ”You’ve Got Your Head On Backwards”, soul influenced garage tunes ”Maintaining My Cool” and ”I’m A Rolling Stone”, plus bunch of cool covers as ”On The Road Again’‘, Diddy Wah Diddy”, I’m A Man” or ”Bama Lama Lu”, The Sonics showed they have much more up their sleeves. And than, there are other fine trax as the last ’67 single with Gerry Roslie ”Anyway The Wind Blows” [a cover of Frank Zappa tune] and some solid stuff as ”Loveitis”, ”Always Love Her” and ”Lost Love” featuring Jim Brady on vocals. Unfortunately that’s about all, ’cause last 9 cuts don’t ”look” and sound as [and aren’t] The ‘original’ Sonics. That leaves you with 20 trax of kick-ass, wyld Northwest 60’s punk. Say… Dig!!!

 

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THE ZAKARY THAKS [Texas 60’s Garage]

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60’s garage band from Corpus Christi, Texas, famed for their ’66 punk classic “Bad Girl” included in legendary Pebbles vol.2. Their other cool tunes as Won’t Come Back, Face To Face, Green Crystal Ties, My Door, Can You Hear, can be heard on various garage comps like Acid Dreams, Nuggets, Green Crystal Ties, Garage Beat ’66, etc.  This is collection of their ’66 -’69 singles plus couple of unreleased trax as great psych tune ”Reality Is The Only Answer”. Say… Dig!!!

 

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PEBBLES vol.5 (B-Sides)

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Volume 5 was one of the better volumes in Pebbles series and another with many classic 60’s punkers as The 5 Canadians ”Writing On The Wall”, The Gentlemen ‘‘It’s A Cry’n Shame”, The Dirty Wurds ”Why”, The Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2 ”I Wanna Come Back (From The World Of LSD)”, The Tree ”No Good Woman”, The Plague ”Go Away” and other cool tunes later covered by legions of garage revival groups.

As with previous post, here is a collection of tunes, mostly B-sides by the same groups. It’s not spectacular as original volume 5, ’cause there are many slow tunes (couple of ’em a bit drag) but nevertheless interesting for Pebbles and 60’s garage rock aficionados. Check it out !

 

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PEBBLES vol.2 (B-Sides)

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As I said before… If I have to choose only one among 1000’s of 60’s garage comps, it would be 1979. ‘Pebbles volume 2’ lp collection. Why? ‘Cause, it has such garage punk jewels as99th Floor” by The Moving Sidewalks, ”Feathered Fish” by The Sons Of Adam, ”Makin’ Deals” by The Satans, ”Lost Innocence” by The Buddhas, ”Green Fuz” by Randy Alvey, ”Go Ahead” by The Squires, ”I Must Run” by Phil & The Frantics, ”It’s Cold Outside” by The Choir,”I’m A Man” by The Litter, ”So What!” by The Lyrics, ”Bad Girl” by Zakary Thaks, The Electric Prunes ”Vox Wah-Wah Pedal Commercial”… LEGENDARY!!!

Now, if you ever wondered what’s on the other side, here’s the answer in “Pebbles vol.2 (B-Sides)”. It’s a Surfadelic made comp. with 14 trax by your favorite 60’s punks. Check out some favs down below ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

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THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND – The Best Of [Cult 60’s Garage Punk/Psych]

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“The first official Chocolate Watchband anthology was a triumph of sorts, although it also has some flaws that are unusual for a Rhino Records release — the most obvious of which to real fans of the band is that it over-reaches. Purists may not care for the way the producers have freely mixed the recordings (mostly singles) featuring only the actual Watchband (i.e., David Aguilar, Mark Loomis, Sean Tolby, Bill Flores, Gary Andrijasevich), album sides with extra, overdubbed instruments and redubbed vocals (by sessionman Don Bennett), and sides that (good though they are) were not the Watchband at all, regardless of how they were labeled — and all without full explanation. On the other hand, as a collection encompassing the totality of recordings issued by (or as being by) “the Chocolate Watchband,” this is unquestionably the best one going. “Let’s Talk About Girls,” which also opened their original debut album, opens this CD, and it’s a loud, defiant garage-punk masterpiece — “Sweet Young Thing,” “No Way Out” represent some peak moments for the official, classic Watchband; and then we jump to “Expo 2000” and “In the Past,” good tracks (especially the latter) that aren’t the Watchband at all, but the work of studio musicians. After that, it’s back to the “real” Watchband for “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” and “Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In),” which arguably mark the group’s high point as a recording act. “Don’t Need Your Lovin'” and “Sitting There Standing” from the soundtrack Riot on Sunset Strip are also here, along with “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” off of Inner Mystique and the solid B-side “Gone and Passes By,” plus the then-previously unissued “Milk Cow Blues,” all tying up some loose-ends on the original band’s history — the trippy, gently orchestrated “She Weaves a Tender Trap” captures their experiment in a softer vein at the outset of the psychedelic era, and “Uncle Morris” represents the final official incarnation of the group and the album One Step Beyond, with its more folk-y slant. All of that would have been enough, and a good place to end this disc, but the makers have also included some more non-Watchband material off of No Way Out and Inner Mystique, which is filler here just as much as it was on those albums. Insofar as it brought out many lost tracks and rarities, and also its sound quality, this CD was welcomed at the time, but has been supplanted by the three early-’90s Sundazed Records’ expanded reissues of the group’s three original albums. As a single-CD compendium, however, that represents almost all that was best about the Watchband” [Bruce Eder]

 

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Cool collection [issued as 14 trax Lp in ’83.] of this San Jose, Ca. top ten 60’s punkers stuff + bonus = 20 trax of wyld garage rock action. Classic original stuff as ‘Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love In)’, ‘No Way Out’, ‘Gone And Passes By’, ‘Sweet Young Thing’, ‘Don’t Need Your Lovin’, ‘Misty Lane’, great garage/psych instros ‘Expo 2000‘, ‘Dark Side Of The Mushroom’, Voyage Of The Trieste’ and  cool covers of The Grodes ‘Let’s Talk About Girls’, Dylan ‘Baby Blue’, The Kinks ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else‘, The Brogues ‘I Ain’t No Miracle Worker’ and We The People ‘In The Past’. Ya know, there’s No Way Out… Dig!!!

 

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