Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Rockin Ramrods - The Best Of The Rockin Ramrods (1963-1967)


Mp3\161Mb
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Biographyby Richie Unterberger
Along with the Remains, the Rockin' Ramrods were Boston's premier rock band in the mid-'60s. Unlike the Remains, they didn't gain even a modicum of exposure beyond their city, and are far more obscure even to '60s collectors. They were a decent if not significant group, sounding kind of like a Beatlized frat band, and relying largely upon original material, much of it penned by bassist Ronn Campisi. Over the course of more than half a dozen singles between 1963 and 1966, they competently tackled garage grunge, wild instrumentals, and some very pleasant hard pop/rock originals with prominent keyboards, somewhat in the manner of an Americanized early Manfred Mann. "Bright Lit Blues Skies," their best song, was a hit in the Boston area, but they achieved no other success of note before disbanding.
*****
1.JUNGLE CALL 2. I WANNA BE YOUR MAN 3. I'LL BE ON MY WAY 4. DON'T FOOL WITH FU MANCHU5. TEARS MELT THE STONE 6. PLAY IT7. BRIGHT LIT BLUE SKIES8. MISTER WIND9. CAN’T YOU SEE 10. MARY, MARY11. FLOWERS IN MY MIND [Puff]12. VACUUM 13. TREES14. RAINY DAY 15. LOOKING IN MY WINDOW16. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE 17. OF NOT BEING ABLE TO SLEEP 18. I SURE NEED YOU 19. DEAD THOUGHTS OF ALBERT 20. WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING 21. GO WITH YOU 22. CHANGES [Ramrods '71] 23. MY VISION HAS CLEARED24. I DON’T WANT TO I WILL25. TROUBLES
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Reviewby Richie Unterberger
A strange compilation that spans several stages of the group's evolution. There are eleven songs (one previously unreleased) from their mid-'60s prime, presented in much better sound than on the Eva reissue, but six of the songs from the eight singles they recorded during this time are missing. Then there are eleven tracks (one previously unreleased) from the obscure 1968 MGM recording by Puff, a spinoff group that did not feature Ramrods leader/singer/songwriter Ronn Campisi, although, oddly, he wrote all of the material. The Puff cuts are light, sophisticated pop/rock with lots of harmonies and slight psychedelic touches; mildly interesting, it's much less hard-rocking than the other "Bosstown" groups MGM was giving a big push to in 1968. The CD finishes with three unreleased songs recorded by a 1971 incarnation of The Ramrods. A wealth of genuine Rockin' Ramrods unreleased material from their 1966-67 prime that has circulated among a few '60s/garage collectors was not tapped at all. Though less comprehensive, much harder to find, and of lower fidelity, the French import on Eva -- which includes both sides of every one of their eight early singles -- still gets the nod over this less cohesive batch.
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(Thanks Jago)
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