Sunday, January 22, 2012

VA - Best Of The Hideouts (1966)

Originally a vinyl issue (now on compact disc), this is one of the great original Detroit rock & roll collections from the mid-1960s. The Hideouts were a raft of teen clubs that featured all the local bands. As an incentive to make them bigger, the club owners started their own label and started recording singles on the local talent. Kicking off with the Underdogs' "The Man In the Glass" (utilizing a poem from Alcoholics Anonymous as its lyrical text!), the compilation also features stellar tracks from the 4 of Us ("I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" and "I Can't Live Without Your Love"), the Henchmen ("Please Tell Me"), the Yorkshires ("I'll Go Crazy" and "Hey-Hey-Hey"), Doug Brown and the Omens ("First Girl") and the all-girl group the Pleasure Seekers, featuring a young Suzi Quatro on bass. Although none of the 12 songs aboard broke nationally, a better album of local garage band hits from any area would be hard to assemble. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi

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