VA - Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 7 8 (2016)

VA - Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 7 8 (2016)

Artist: VA
Title: Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 7 & 8
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Crypt Records
Genre: Pop, Rock, Oldies
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue, artwork)
Total Time: 01:19:12
Total Size: 505 MB

01 - The Nomads - Time Remains
02 - The Pulsating Heartbeats - Anne
03 - The Gremlins - Everybody Needs A Love
04 - The Last Image - She's On My Mind
05 - The Plastic Menagerie - Tryin' To Come Back
06 - The Glas Menagerie - Natasha
07 - The French Church - Without Crying
08 - Prince and the Paupers - What More Can I Say
09 - The King's Ransom - Without You
10 - The Time Takers - Don't Turn Away
11 - The Stratacasters - Can't Go On Without You
12 - The Pastels - What Can I Say
13 - The Shackles - Just Looking For You
14 - The Scurvy Knaves - Gypsy Baby
15 - The New Rumley Invincibles - Living With The Birds
16 - The Other Side - Dark Side
17 - The Pastels - How Many Nights
18 - The Toads - Stay Away
19 - The Henchmen - She Still Loves You
20 - The Night Walkers - Stix And Stones
21 - The Time Takers - Love Me Like You Did Before
22 - The Night Riders - She Won't Miss You
23 - The White Angels - But He Never Comes Back
24 - We The People - Always Lies
25 - The Dominions - I Need Her
26 - The Saxons - The Way Of The Down
27 - The Sonics - You Don't Hear Me
28 - The Mystics - Orphan
29 - The Vacant Lot - Hey Baby
30 - The Squires - Why Oh Why
While that description isn't 100-percent accurate geographically (the White Angels were from Switzerland, and a combo called the Sonics – no, not those Sonics – were comprised of American kids whose families were living in Thailand), musically it's close to the mark. Many of these tunes fall somewhere in the vicinity of folk rock, or at least something with a significantly more measured approach than the average high-attitude rantings common to '60s garage sounds. And a bunch of this stuff sounds significantly more sophisticated than what most sullen high schoolers were up to at the time. "Without You" by the King's Ransom is moody stuff with clever use of rhythms and melodic stops and starts. The lean, wiry guitar figures that carry "Natasha" by the Glas Menagerie suggest early psychedelia fused with the Velvet Underground. The Other Side's cover of "Dark Side" by the Shadows of Knight trades in the cockiness of the original for a powerful plea that's just as effective. We the People (not the Florida band of "Mirror of your Mind" infamy) manage to have it both ways as "Always Lies" opens as a quiet, sorrowful number and builds into a scream-fest for lead singer Peter Weeple. The Saxons deliver plenty of tough guitar work on "The Way of the Down," which also includes some overly optimistic applause and cheering clipped onto the beginning and end. And the New Rumley Invincibles find some humor amid the heartache in "Living with the Birds," which suggests the band had been listening to birds and Byrds. Even the most ordinary bands on this collection deliver solid stuff, the remastering makes the best of the source materials, and the entertaining liner notes offer as much information as is known about the artists. (Though someone must have been really excited about the essay on Pasco, Washington's the Pastels, since it appears here twice.) If you want to get in touch with your inner 16-year-old who just got stood up for the Prom, Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vols. 7-8 will deliver the perfect soundtrack for crying in your root beer. (Or real beer you swiped from your dad.)

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