Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Litter - Distortions (1967)

The Litter:
Dennis Waite: Lead Vocals, keyboard, blues harp
Tom 'Zip' Caplan: Lead guitar, vocals, arrangements, special effects
James Worthington Kane III: Bass guitar, vocals, SFX
Dan Rinaldi: Rhythm guitar, vocals, special effects
Tom Murray: Percussion
One of Minneapolis' most popular '60s bands, the Litter are most known for their classic 1967 garage rock single "Action Woman." With its demonic fuzz/feedback guitar riffs and cocky, snarling lead vocal, it was an archetype of the tough '60s garage rock favored by fans of the Pebbles reissue series. In fact, the single, which got some airplay in Minnesota in early 1967 and then was largely forgotten, didn't reach an international audience until it became cut one, Side One on Volume One of Pebbles in the late '70s. It now has a place of honor on the Nuggets box set. The Litter were a little more successful and long-lived than the average regional garage band, recording a few albums, the last one for a major label, and evolving into a more ... Read More...
01 - Action Woman - 2.3302 - Whatcha Gonna do About it - 2.2703 - Codine - 4.3204 - Somebody Help Me - 1.5705 - Substitute - 2.3606 - The Mummy - 1.2607 - I'm So Glad - 3.4908 - A Legal Matter - 2.5009 - Rack My Mind - 3.4210 - Soul-Searchin' - 2.5011 - I'm a Man - 4.0312 - Hey Joe - 4.1013 - Harpsichord Sonata #1 (Bonus) - 0.2714 - Here I Go Again (Bonus) - 2.4015 - The Egyptian (Bonus) - 2.5416 - (Under The Screaming Double) Eagle (Bonus) - 3.0317 - Confessions (of a Traveler Through Time) (Bonus) - 2.2418 - Blues One (Bonus) - 4.0619 - She's Not There (Bonus) - 7.5520 - Pegasus (Bonus) - 3.19
The Litter - Distortions (1967)
Their anthem "Action Woman" kicks off this non-stop raving package, which includes ten bonus tracks.
THE LITTER Distortions (1999 US 10-track LP pressed on 150gram VIRGIN VINYL; originally released on Warick in 1967, this was the debut album from this Minneapolis garage band, and although largely ignored in their time, the band have since attained legendary status among collectors of rare 60s garage punk, and are best known for their stand-out anthem 'Action Woman' - thanks to the 'live' and overloaded production, every cut burns with an unusual intensity[original copies change hands for up to $1000!].
...That's the great thing about rock and roll. On the one hand, this record is completely derivitive. Talented as this disc shows them to be, no-one will ever mistake the guys in the Litter for Great Artistes as Clapton and Townsend have oft been annointed. There's no pretense to blues tradition or pop-art intelligence in the Litter's emulation of their Brit-idols. They just go for the Noise, but somehow they get it, and it's beyond perfect. What we hear in the Litter's I'm a Man is not the genius of individuals, but the genius of an art form as a whole, that somehow found an expression of its essence in four-minutes of spirited emulation by some guys you've never heard of from the middle-of-nowhere...
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