Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Haunted - The Haunted (1967)

THE HAUNTED were an influential garage rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The band was formed by Jurgen Peter (guitar) in 1965 and went on to release several records before finally disbanding in 1971. They were among the first Canadian bands to achieve a level of success in their musical genre.

In 1965, Jurgen Peter joined up with Bob Burgess (vocals), Al Birmingham (lead guitar), Glenn Holmes (bass), and Peter Symes (drums) to form The Haunted. Besides Jurgen Peter, the other constant band member through most of its six year history was lead guitarist Al Birmingham. The band membership that recorded the band's best known song, "1-2-5" was comprised of Al Birmingham (lead guitar), Jurgen Peter (rhythm guitar), Bob Burgess (vocals), Mason Shea (bass) and Dave Wynne (drums).

One of Canada's most popular homegrown rock groups in the '60s, though they made no inroads to the rest of North America.
From the English-speaking community of Montreal, the group was very explicit in their desire to emulate the Rolling Stones, and most of their 1966-1968 singles (as well as their sole LP, from 1967) were in a raunchy R&B/blues-rock style. As songwriters their range was pretty limited, and much of their material consisted of covers or thin rewrites of popular blues riffs. Their most successful single, "1-2-5," gained small fame when it was reissued on one of the first Pebbles compilations of garage singles in the '70s. All of their material was reissued in the '80s.

1. The Haunted - 1-2-5 (2:29)

2. The Haunted - Shake (2:20)

3. The Haunted - Horror Show (5:24)

4. The Haunted - Untie Me (4:42)

5. The Haunted - Out Of Time (3:40)

6. The Haunted - Searching For My Baby (3:01)

7. The Haunted - A Message To Pretty (3:08)

8. The Haunted - Twist (2:31)

9. The Haunted - Montreal Blues (4:03)
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