Monday, September 24, 2012

The Rugbys - Hot Cargo (1969)

The sole obscure album from this Louisville, KY, rock group was recorded between 1966 and 1969 and was originally released on the Amazon label. The group's sound touched on hard rhythm & blues, garage, and beat, with striking similarities to West Coast fuzz legends Blue Cheer, who were creating distortion-heavy rock during the same era. Similarly, Rugbys mix heavy, fuzzed rhythms with psychedelic pop to excellent effect -- a highly recommended obscurity from the '60s rock underground in the vein of garage kings the Litter, Sonics, and Blue Cheer.

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