Monday, July 13, 2009

The Sonics - Psycho-Sonic (1964-65)

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The Sonics:
Gerry Roslie — organ, piano, lead vocals
Andy Parypa — bass guitar
Larry Parypa — lead guitar, vocals
Rob Lind — saxophone, vocals, harmonica
Bob Bennett — drums

A rock & roll band from Tacoma, WA, the Sonics' original members were Gerry Roslie (lead singer, piano, organ), Andy Parypa (guitar), Larry Parypa (bass), Bob Bennett (drums), and Rob Lind (saxophone). Forming in the wake of the early-'60s success of local favorites the Kingsmen and the Wailers (whose Etiquette label they recorded for), the Sonics combined classic Northwest-area teen band raunch with early English band grit (particularly influenced by the Kinks), relentless rhythmic drive, and unabashed '50s-style blues shouting for a combination that still makes their brand of rock & roll perhaps the raunchiest ever captured on wax. 

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!!!Here Are The Sonics!!! 1964
1 - Witch (2:40)
2 - Do You Love Me (2:18) ( Written By - B Gordy Jr.)
3 - Roll Over Beethoven (2:49) (Written By - C. Berry)
4 - Boss Hoss (2:24)
5 - Dirty Robber (2:01) (Written By - K. Morrill / J. Greek)
6 - Have Love Will Travel (2:39) (Written By - R. Berry)
7 - Psycho (2:17)
8 - Money (That's What I Want) (2:00) (Written By - J. Bradford / B. Gordy)
9 - Walking The Dog (2:44) (Written By - R. Thomas)
10 - Night Time Is The Right Time (2:58) (Written By - L. Carr / R. Sykes)
11 - Strychnine (2:13)
12 - Good Golly Miss Molly (2:08) (Written By - R. Blackwell / J. Marascalco)
13 - The Hustler (2:14)
14 - Psycho (Live) (2:06)

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Sonic Boom 1965 

15 - Cinderella (2:45)
16 - Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2:26)
17 - Skinny Minnie (2:15) (Written By - B. Haley / R. Keefer / C. Cafra / M. Gabler)
18 - Let The Good Times Roll (2:04) (Written By - L. Lee)
19 - Don't You Just Know It (2:53) (Written By - H. Smith / J. Vincent)
20 - Jenny Jenny (2:21) (Written By - E. Johnson / Penniman)
21 - He's Waitin' (2:41)
22 - Louie Louie (2:57)( Written By - R. Berry)
23 - Since I Fell For You (4:01) (Written By - B. Johnson)
24 - Hitch Hike (2:46) (Written By - W. Stevenson / C. Paul / M. Gaye)
25 - It's Alright (2:14)( Written By - C. Andrews)
26 - Shot Down (2:13)
27 - Keep A Knockin' (1:56) (Written By - R. Penniman)
28 - Witch (Live) (3:01)
29 - Witch (Version 2) (2:38) 

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Everyone would agree that the Sonics reached their peak on their 1964-65 recordings for Etiquette. This 29-track compilation has everything they recorded for the label, extended not just to everything from their singles and two albums, but also with an alternate take of "The Witch" and live recordings of "Psycho" and "The Witch." Consequently, it's the best Sonics release on the market, though you should be warned: it's not wall-to-wall greatness. After the first half-dozen or so songs, you might well be ready to buy into their legend as one of the great (and certainly rawest) '60s garage bands, as those tracks include their toughest elementary riff-fueled pounders: "The Witch," "Psycho," "Boss Hoss," "He's Waitin'," and "Strychnine." But too much of the rest is filled out with covers of '50s and '60s rock and R&B standards, and the relentlessly frantic bang-it-out frat punk and throat-tearing vocals get blurry after a while, though at least they threw in a little-covered tune with their version of Adam Faith's "It's Alright." [The 2003 CD edition of this anthology, incidentally, is substantially different from Big Beat's first release of the material, though it has identical tracks and the same title. It's taken from first-generation tapes, and also has a 20-page booklet of liner notes with extensive quotes from several band members (including lead singer Gerry Roslie) and others involved in the group's career.]
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