Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Eyes - Blink (1966)

The Eyes  from Jancy
In 1965 and 1966, the Eyes released a clutch of singles that stand up to the Who's work from the same era in their blend of extremely innovative guitar feedback/distortion and anthemic mod songwriting. "When the Night Falls," "The Immediate Pleasure," "I'm Rowed Out," "You're Too Much," and the dry "My Generation" satire "My Degeneration" are revered highly by British Invasion collectors. The bursts of electronic mayhem were quite advanced for the time, though like the Who they had hooks and harmonies to counterpoint the madness. They weren't as memorable as the Who and didn't approach commercial success. After a much softer fourth single and an ill-conceived album of Rolling Stones covers (recorded under the name the Pupils), the group disbanded. 

01 - When The Night Falls
02 - Good Day Sunshine
03 - Please Don't Cry
04 - My Degeneration
05 - You're Too Much
06 - Man With Money
07 - I'm Rowed Out
08 - The Immediatet Pleasure
09 - When The Night Falls (demo take 1)
10 - I'm Rowed Out (demo)
11 - The Immediatet Pleasure (demo)
12 - Radio London (promo jingle)
13 - Shakin' All Over (demo)
14 - When The Night Falls (demo take 2)

Includes both sides of their four singles, plus a couple of cuts from their LP of Rolling Stones covers. There's a big distance between the good and bad cuts on this compilation, although the best four or five tracks are good indeed. Comes with a four-page history of the band. 

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