Tuesday, May 5, 2009

V.A - Aliens, Psychos & Wild Things, Vol. Fore

The fourth volume in Arcania International's no-stone-left-unturned survey of garage and psych bands working out of Virginia in the mid- to late '60s, this installment (labeled Volume Fore) actually includes bands from outside the Tidewater region, but it makes no difference, really, since all of these tracks have the same sort of loose, fuzzy feel to them. Nothing here came close to being a hit, and half a dozen or so of these cuts never even made it to 45, being drawn instead from studio tapes and rough acetates. No matter, garage bands were formed for the sheer joy and doing of it, and if the music that resulted was often pretty awful and amateur, there's a certain wild weed charm to it as well. Among the more interesting tracks here are Prince Albert's simple but oddly effective "The Wind Blows Your Hair," Group Therapy's delicate "Ronnie, Ronnie," and the Psychedelic Psymphony's sloppy but energetic instrumental "Mad Mod Speed Ball."
1. Wind Blows Your Hair - Prince Albert 2. Don't Be Afraid - The Psychedelic Psymphony 3. Girl with the Sandy Blonde Hair - Perpetuated Spirits Of Turpentine 4. Look Out - Captain Darby & The Buccaneers 5. Brother Look Out - Swinging Machine 6. Spell - The Outer Limits 7. Remember - Clover 8. Ronnie, Ronnie - Group Therapy 9. I've Got to Leave This World - Group Therapy 10. Acid Raga, Pt. 2 [Instrumental] - Sunn Cycle 11. Nights for Laughing - Group Nine 12. Days of a Quiet Sun - Group Nine 13. Long Way Back Home - House of David 14. Land of Stone - Black Narcosis 15. Looking Glass of Time - Spontaneous Corruption 16. Common Attitude - Thomas Edisun's Electric Light Bulb Band 17. You Better Find Your Way - Glennis Annette & The Confederates 18. Under Ground Purple - Result's Of Adult's 19. Ultimate Power - Sound Expedition 20. One (Dream On) - Sound Apparatus 21. Death Is a Dream - Psychotrons 22. Land of Extremes - Don't Tread On Me 23. Workers - Windfall 24. Mad Mod Speed Ball [Instrumental] - The Psychedelic Psymphony 25. Conformity to Society
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