Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Eyes - Blink (’65-’66)


by Richie Unterberger

In 1965 and 1966, the Eyes released a clutch of singles that stand up to the Who's work from the same era in their blend of extremely innovative guitar feedback/distortion and anthemic mod songwriting. "When the Night Falls," "The Immediate Pleasure," "I'm Rowed Out," "You're Too Much," and the dry "My Generation" satire "My Degeneration" are revered highly by British Invasion collectors. The bursts of electronic mayhem were quite advanced for the time, though like the Who they had hooks and harmonies to counterpoint the madness. They weren't as memorable as the Who and didn't approach commercial success. After a much softer fourth single and an ill-conceived album of Rolling Stones covers (recorded under the name the Pupils), the group disbanded.
01 when the night falls. 2:3602 good day sunshine. 2:0403 i wanna be your man. 1:5104 please dont cry. 2:3805 my degeneration. 2:4706 youre too much. 3:2307 man with money. 2:4608 im rowed out. 2:5809 the immediate pleasure. 3:0010 19th nervous breakdown. 3:4811 not fade away. 2:1612 when the night falls(demo). 2:5913 im rowed out (demo). 3:2014 the immediate pleasure (demo). 2:4415 radio london(promo). 0:3016 shakin all over (demo). 3:2917 when the night falls (demo 2). 2:5918 route 66. 2:17
Includes both sides of their four singles, plus a couple of cuts from their LP of Rolling Stones covers. There's a big distance between the good and bad cuts on this compilation, although the best four or five tracks are good indeed. Comes with a four-page history of the band.
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