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 SONICS – Here Are / Boom [Fan Club ’86 Vinyl Reissues]

Killer…   Legendary…   Northwest…   60’s Punk…   

In ’86. French label Fan Club [A Division Of New Rose Records] reissued these two classic 60’s punk records on vinyl in stereo with different cover art. Comparing to 90’s Norton records reissues I think Fan Club versions have better sound, closer to original Etiquette Records. Just check out difference in echo on some trax from “Boom” lp [Norton has little or no echo on vocals, etc]. I know you know but anyway… Vinyl rip in Surfadelic <STEREO>, Dig!!!

“Next time you hear a loud boom and your windows rattle, it’s probably a sonic boom alright, but on the other hand, it might just be “THE SONICS BOOM”.

 

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