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I Gotta Be Me: 20 Garage Missiles from the USA

  • 1. Smokestack Lightning - Group Axis
    2. I Gotta Be Me - Kevin Coughlin
    3. Good Good Lovin' - Hou Lops
    4. He's Not Your Friend - Dee Jay & The Runaways
    5. It's Only a Dream - Jack Eden
    6. Big Mama - Bobby Simms
    7. Like My Girl - The Sound Investment
    8. Without You - The Bay Ridge
    9. Turn Around - Blue Wood
    10. I'm a Man - Bobby Comstock
    11. Southbound Freeway - Southbound Freeway
    12. Get It On/Wilde Childe Freakout - Dick "Wilde Childe" Kemp
    13. Inside Out - The In Crowd
    14. Should We or Shouldn't We - Reflektions
    15. Hey You, Hey Me - The Movers
    16. You Do Me Wrong - The Outcasts/Outcasts
    17. Fool That I Am - Bobby St. Clair
    18. Haunted by Your Love - The Outsiders
    19. Salt 'N' Pepper - King Charles & the Counts
    20. Doubt - Hex
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7025

  • Credits
    ProducerJude Holmes; Nick Saloman (Compilation)

    Here's another interesting compilation from the Bevis Frond's Nick Saloman and the Psychic Circle label. The topic may be a bit more restrictive this time (garage rock), but the land covered has a lot to offer in that department. And in typical Psychic Circle fashion, the territory is not entirely respected, as Saloman includes a track from Canadian band Les Hou-Lops, here singing a variation on James Brown's "Good Good Lovin'." From that song alone, you couldn't guess they sang mainly in French and would score much triter hits in Quebec than this fuzz-drenched, over the top number. Other highlights include Group Axis' rendition of "Smokestack Lightning," Southbound Freeway's "Southbound Freeway" (nice harmonizing), and two fierce tracks that get really close to psychedelia (all they needed was some extra reverb in the fuzz guitar): the Reflektions' "Should We or Shouldn't We" and the Movers' "Hey You, Hey Me." This set also includes songs of a more pop or soul-pop nature (by Dee Jay & the Runaways, the Outcasts, and the Sound Investment, among others), and just a couple of questionable, highly forgettable inclusions, namely Bobby Simms & the Simmers' "Big Mama" (there are reasons why some of these short-lived bands never made it big, you know) and Dick "Wild Childe" Kemp's "Get It On" (the ultimate novelty song by an egocentric radio DJ!). Still, Saloman's selection is mostly on track, revealing a fair share of nuggets. Garage fans should seek this out. ~ Franois Couture

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