If Rhino's Nuggets box only whetted one's appetite for mid-1960's garageand psychedelic-punk music, the this 10 CD series is your next stop. It augments and improves on Collectables' existing "Cicadelic" and garage-punk CD series, with better masters, improved notes and artwork, and cleverer packaging, which is almost deliberately similar to Rhino's Nuggets box. The idea is basically the same as the old Collectables series, presenting pairs of tracks by otherwise under-appreciated psychedelic acts from the mid-1960's to the dawn of the 1970's. Given that time span, the range of sounds is fairly diverse, from garage punk in a Standells mode to serious heavy metal in the manner of Black Sabbath. Volume One emphasizes several bands that will be familiar to Collectables' earlier round of releases, including The Zakary Thaks, The Bad Seeds, and The Liberty Bell, along with some less familiar performers such as The Illusions, the Outlaws, Kubla Khan, and Michael. The Illusions deserve to be more than an unknown quantity for the version of "Gloria" featured here, a sneering rendition with a pair of angry sounding guitars and a pumping bass behind an edgy vocal—the paired up number, "Try, " is just different enough, featuring some harmonies, that one wishes there were a full album of material from this outfit. The Outlaws weren't as fierce sounding an outfit, but they knew how to get a fresh take on the Byrds' sound on numbers like "Worlds Apart." The Liberty Bells two numbers here couldn't be more different, the slow, folk-rock-ish "Something For Me" paling next to the fuzz-box blow-out "Reality Is The Only Answer" which, it's title aside, is a great piece of high-energy psychedelia. The Nomads, cutting music for Orbit Records in Houston, are represented by a savage version of "My Little Red Book" and one superb original, "Situations," that's like a three-minute teen-punk sneer set to music. Michael was actually Michael Taylor, member of The Bad Seeds, who were one of the better Corpus Christi bands; his singles had a defiant personal edge despite the obvious commercial side to the songs. Kubla Khans 1970 vintage "Revolution II" and "Help Yourself" retained a '60s punk feel despite running times and (in "Revolution") political sensibilities that would've been a too sophisticated for 1966-67, when it was just enough to complain about life. As a bonus, the disc includes unreleased versions of the Zakary Thaks classics "My Door" and the series-naming "Green Crystal Ties"—loud, crunchy, hook-laden garage punk with a vengeance.
01.a taste of the same -- the bad seeds02.i'm a king bee -- the bad seeds03.won't come back -- zakary thaks04.face to face -- zakary thaks05.gloria -- illusions06.try -- illusions07.fun, fame, and fortune -- outlaws08.worlds apart -- outlaws09.something for me -- the liberty bell10.reality is the only answer -- the liberty bell11.my little red book -- the nomads12.situations -- the nomads13.people see iv -- michael14.my last day -- michael15.revolution ii -- kubla khan16.help yourself -- kubla khan17.my door [unreleased version] -- zakary thaks18.green crystal ties [unreleased version] -- zakary thaks