Back in the days before Sundazed Records and Norton Records had cornered the market in reissues of garage band recordings, Eva Records from France was a major player in the field. One of the highlights of their catalog that still hasn't been supplanted by a better version from someone else, Things Gettin' Better/Nothing Better to Do is a compilation of two Kenny & the Kasuals LPs on a single CD, in surprisingly decent sound -- with the major flaw that the two albums' tracks were reversed in order from what is listed on the tray card or the insert. Essentially, Kenny & the Kasuals were a highly talented Texas-based garage band; at times, they push the envelope of the latter category with their virtuosity, which extended to a considerable amount of songwriting on both of these albums. Jerry Smith's fuzztone guitar has a nice crunchy texture on "Journey to Time" and "Come Tomorrow," and Smith's and Kenny Daniels' guitars have a nice ringing texture that's right in your face on "Don't Let Your Baby Go." The group's material all has a defiant punk edge, sometimes with a comic edge, as on the brilliant "Who Stole My House," until they evolved into the decidedly spacier Truth, two of whose tracks are represented here, one the surreal, psychedelic "Chimes on 42nd Street," and the more languid, folk-like "When Was Then."