Saturday, March 16, 2013

Still More Ultimate'66 Garage Classics! Vol.3



Still More Ultimate'66 Garage Classics! Vol.3
European Garage

The 48 songs on this double-CD collection originally appeared on the ten vinyl LPs in the European Pebbles series, itself a subset of Pebbles, the most well-known 1960s garage anthology series. All of the songs were by groups from Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland, which cultivated a lot of bands heavily influenced by the British Invasion, even if very few became known to English-speaking audiences. And, as with the thousands of garage bands in the United States during the mid-'60s, most of these groups were rawer in their execution, and less original than the British artists they emulated. There was still some good music to come out of this, though, and some very quirky stylistic ticks and song construction, perhaps due to the musicians' less-than-total grasp of the English language. This set has a decent number of excellent tracks, such as Rob Hoeke's moody blues-piano-based "When People Talk"; the very rare 1965 cut "Not to Find" by the Golden Earrings, which sounds like a hasty Beatles for Sale-era endeavor; the Meteors' fine tough pseudo-Merseybeat number "Anytime"; the Lee Kings' demented mod-psychedelic hybrid "Oriental Express"; Les Sauterelles' gripping cover of the Sorrows' "No No No"; and the Fabulous Four's insane version of the Rolling Stones' instrumental "2120 South Michigan Avenue" (here retitled "438 South Michigan Avenue"). On the other hand, there are numerous so-so originals without much going for them but enthusiasm, and too many unimaginative covers (usually of old rock/R&B standards). It's not a bad distillation of the European Pebbles series for those who don't want to get all of the original LPs, but it's not a great collection of European mid-'60s rock either.



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