This Pebbles volume is dedicated to raw 60’s Brit rhythm & blues rather than Mod as it’s stated on the cover. It features cool garage/r&b by The Fairies [Twink pre Pink Fairies band], The First Gear, The Betterdays, The Wild Ones, David John & The Mood, The Wheels, Bill & Will “Goin’ To The River” (later covered by The Gories), covers of Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed. One of my favs is “Singing The Blues” by Jason Eddie And The Centremen, a neurotically played tune produced by legendary Joe Meek! [apparently he added the wild guitar afterwards without the band knowing and they weren’t happy]. Last track on this comp is a pop tune by Bo & Peep and the band is mainly The Rolling Stones plus others that might have included Gene Pitney and Phil Spector.
As with other “Revisited” volumes the sound quality is quite improved with trax from the best possible sources. There is also cool bonus cut by Jimmy P. just for your listening pleasure, don’t miss it! Dig!!!
Milan “The Leather Boy”, is a star of Pebbles vol.11, with three outstanding garage/psych trax “I’m a Leather Boy”, “Shadows” and “You Gotta Have Soul” from his 1967. singles. He was also an excellent songwriter and producer who has credits on many other records released throughout the decade [I’ve alredy posted his collection on this site]. Other strong tunes are unusual psychedelizied cover of a Rolling Stones song, “The Spider and the Fly” by Von Ruden and the superb psych “Visions” by The Looking Glasses. Demented garage punkers by Modds and Barking Spyders are among the sparest garage rock tracks available; the former features only a guitar and tambourine plus growling vocals about a relationship breaking up, while the melody of the latter song — three notes up, three notes down — could scarcely be simpler. Then there are Aardvarks “I’m Higher Than I’m Down”, cool cover off the Pretty Things “LSD” named “E.S.P.” by The Beaver Patrol and classic 60’s frat/garage “Gone Gone Gone” by Third Evolution.
This LP would be even better if The Galaxies IV ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind’ was actually on the thing as advertised. In fact, if you look at the record label it says ‘Piccadilly Circus’ which is the correct track – an instrumental in a R Stones 2120 S Michigan Ave vein (and the original b-side of the 45). Anyways I’ve included it as a bonus track!
Volume 13 of this series shows some decline in quality of material but still has some strong garage stuff on side A, Rock Garden “Super Stuff”, The Apollos “Target Love”, Les Sinners “Nice Try”, on side B primitive garage of Knight Riders “I”, Cole & The Embers “Hey Girl”, again The Apollos with classic “That’s The Breaks” and Canuck teenage rebels Les Lutins “Laissez-Nous Vivre”. Well, that’s about it folks! Now check out the HQ garage sound, Dig!!!
This is legendary intro to this classic 60’s punk comp by a fictive rock critic “famed critic -at-large A. SELTZER”. I’ve bought this Pebbles volume sometimes in the early 90’s from an fat bearded Hell’s Angels looking guy who told me that it’s a crap sounding music and who wander why I want to buy it. Anyways, this collection was my entrance to the world of 60’s punk and it’s my no.1 favorite garage rock compilation of all time.
Next, check some more writings by Mr. A.Seltzer…
“Flower power/acid rock/garage rock/psychedelic etc you’ve heard all these now cliche and irritating tags. but have you heard what it really was? Pebbles will take you there.”
“The Moving Sidewalks’ “99th Floor” and The Choir’s “It’s Cold Outside” are stone-cold classics, it’s no surprise that members of either band would find success later in ZZ Top and The Raspberries, respectively. Tracks from The Litter, The Dovers and Zakary Thaks are up to the high standards connoisseurs of 60s garage would expect, but even the lesser known bands are great here: The Road’s “You Rub Me the Wrong Way” is a fun little tune, The Squires’ “Go Ahead” is a great vocal number and The Little Boy Blues’ “I Can Only Give You Everything” is a head-nodding rocker. And I’ve not even mentioned the bluesy “So What!” by the The Lyrics, which might be the funnest track here. One of the better 60s garage comps out there.”
Even know there’s a 1992. reissue of Pebbles 2 with pretty decent sound, again I did some revisitation to make it even better. All trax are mastered by Mr. Eliminator from best possible sources just for your listening pleasure, ’cause ya know … this is A MUST!!!
Alright kiddies, this ain’t another 60’s garage rock volume but fun collection of surf pop tunes dominated by Gary Usher/Brian Wilson style productions, kinda like a black sheep in Pebbles series.
“Simply put: This is a collection of vocal surf music, including some singers and players in the Beach Boys/Jan & Dean orbit. This set is not for those looking to get their feet wet (pun intended) in surf music, but for FANATICS, this is a treasure trove. The track by Dave Edmunds is alone worth owning this set for — it’s his version of The Tradewinds’ “NY is a Lonely Town” with the lyrics changed to London and the plight of a surfer boy that moved to England. Not every song is a gem — some stuff is obscure for a reason — but most of it is dandy, silly, enthusiastic surfin’ fun!”
“As its title implies, the fourth Pebbles volume is a bit of a departure from other volumes in the series. It serves up 18 tracks of ultra obscure surf rock from the 60s (except for Dave Edmunds’ “London’s A Lonely Town,” which was recorded in 1973). The songs are mostly from the poppier end of the spectrum, with vocal harmonies, symplistic lyrics, and peppy instrumentation that shows a clear Beach Boys/Jan & Dean influence. Severeal of these songs are really good- The Dantes’ “Top Down Time” is an infectious rush, and the Knights’ “Hot Rod High” offers the kind of simplistic joy that its title promises. The Wheel Men and The Super Stocks provide two excellent versions of the same song (with slighty different titles, however. The former group calls their tune “School Is A Gas,” while the latter provides “School Is A Drag”). Lloyd Thaxton’s “Image Of A Surfer” can almost be described as the surf-pop counterpart to Kim Fowley’s “The Trip.”
Listen up surfers! This is a DEFINITIVE version of now a classic 1979. Pebbles surfin’ LP collection, with perfect HQ sound mastered from best possible sources. In visual sound Surfadelic! Dig!!!
“Pebbles 7 & 8 are connected as they are sharing pt.1 & pt.2 of the liner notes written by The Rev. & Ms. Tommy Parasite. Both comps are offering the typical wide range of rare and obscure 60s Garage-punk and early Psych as it was manifested on Pebbles 1 & 2. Volume 8 includes “You must be a witch” (with later “Dead Moon” singer “Fred Cole”), the nasty depressing “I never loved her” by “The Starfires” and “I can`t stand this love, goodbye” and “She Lied”, both original Punkrock smashers. Other favs are raw garage/psych of Faine Jade “It Ain’t True”, The Caravelles “Lovin’ Just My Style”, Question Mark & The Mysterians “Make You Mine”, and killer fun of “Don’t Do It Some More” by The Cindermen. Pebbles Vol. 8 closes with the wonderful “I Live in the springtime” by The Lemon Drops. One of the best Pebbles compilations and my all-time favorite.”
Pebbles Vol.7 is pretty solid too, outstanding are the starter “Trippin`Out” which is just devastating and “White Ship”, which owns a similar vibe than the great “Five years ahead” of “Third Bardo” of Pebbles Vol. 3. Side A ends with “Sweet Young Thing” by “The Chocolate Watchband” which is an all time classic Garage anthem. Side B is somehow stronger with great “When I Arrive”by We The People, The Soul Survivors “Shakin’ With Linda”, two cool garage folk rockers by The Four Fifths & The Dovers. Then, there are two moody organ driven gems “A Pindaric Ode” by The Sunday Funnies and “Frustration” by Painted Ship. This volume closes with searing guitar driven “Love” b The Live Wires.
These two classic Pebbles comps deserve to be heard in much better sound, so here are REVISITED versions with blazing aural quality. All trax are mastered by Mr. Eliminator from best possible sources just for your listening pleasure. As ya know already… this is A MUST! Dig!!!
Here we go with another volume in Pebbles series, one of my favorites. I’ve already posted “revisited” version of this slab before but now it’s even better + it comes with B-sides and some bonus cuts added for a good measure. Now this “garage monster” is a piece of hard work and has 36 trax alright! As you know, you gotta deal with mix of garage folk rock, beat, pop and classic fuzzed-out 60’s punkers. Real cool action starts with The Ides Of March ”Roller Coaster”and goes to the very end with killer fuzz driven ”Don’t Shoot Me Down”by The Brogues. Along the way you got some kick ass legendary stuff & garage anthems like The Ugly Ducklings – Just In Case You Wonder, The Foggy Notions – Need A Little Lovin’, Raga And The Talas – My Group & Me, Leo & The Prophets – Tilt-A-Whirl, Human Expression – Love At Psychedelic Velocity, The Wig-Wags – I’m On My Way Down The Road, Steve Walker & The Bold – Train Kept A Rollin, 13. The Things To Come – I’m Not Talkin’, Five Americans – Slippin’ And Slidin’, The Groupies – Primitive. Watcha say ha? This is A MUST for 60’s punk fans and others. Audio mastering by Mr.Eliminator at Surfadelic ”Planet of sound” studios! Check some favs down below and… do the dig!!!
Here’s another sound revisitation, this time it’s Pebbles vol.12 from 1983. Again, it’s a cool mix of 60’s garage, bubblegum, pop and folk rock pulled out from various rare 45’s. On original lp the sound is often muffled or some trax are running faster than originals but that’s a charm of that early garage comps. Anyways, I’ve found best possible sources for these recording and the aural quality is much impoved just for your listening pleasure. Check some favs down there and Feel The Music !
When I’m out for the day, I meet some nice thing on the way
I said “if you’re free come along with me”
When I get too close and the feeling comes over me
Gotta Get Some!
Issued in 1980. Pebbles 9 is one of the best volumes in this legendary 60’s garage comp series. Roughly split between folk rock garage/pop/beat on side 1 and 60’s punk on side 2, this comp opens with great Show Me The Way by The Free-For-All, kinda like a power pop gem from 60’s produced by Richard Delvy of The Chellengers. Then, there’s The Endd with delicate garage ballad Out Of My Hands one of favorites too. The Girl I Threw Away by The Knaves is nice example of Byrdesque folk-punk. After merseybeat influenced Pretty Girl by The Bugs, you got another folk-punk gem You’re Never Gonna Love Me Anymore by The Bucaneer’s. Side one ends with two solid garage pop tunes by The Beckett Quintet and The Outsiders [famous for ”Time won’t let me”].
On side 2 you have some classic garage stuff! First off it starts with refreshing ”running” beat of Run Run Run by The Gestures from Minneapolis. Then you got a real 60’s punk gem Gotta Get Some by The Bold, with snarly vocals, fuzzed out guitar and bold lyrics [later covered by The Fuzztones]. The Banshees with Project Blue, a garage guitar freak-out is pretty famous by now alright! New Colony Six tune At The River’s Edge is pretty fine Them influenced rave-up. Come Down by The Beethoven’s Fifth is garage pop gem with searing guitars. It’s All Meat from Toronto with their 1969. single a-side garage punk classic Feel It, is latest recording on this comp. Pebbles vol.9 closes with two trax by The Bad Roads, Too Bad & Blue Girl, both sides of their killer fuzzed-out ’67. single.
As ya already know, the sound on these early garage rock comps isn’t always Hi-Fi, so I have to do some revisitation and made this “Revisited” edition of this legendary compilation with improved sound quality. Don’t miss it, dig!!!
“On the beach when it’s just out of reach
All the girls gather round, you know they’re digging my sound
Holding hands in the sand, getting wet, getting tan
I’m so ready to go my mind’s gonna blow
When I get too close and the feeling comes over me
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 !
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 as ”99th 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!!!