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Various Artists: Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vols. 1-2

Track List

>I've Been Lookin' - The Buttons
>Crawdad - The Colonials
>Last Time
>Mirage - The Pastels
>Mary - Electric Sensation
>I Wish I Could - The Juveniles
>Psychedelic Feelin' - The Krels
>Thousand Tears - The Infinitives
>Never Met a Girl Like You Before - Es Shades
>One More Night - The Expressions
>I Found Another Girl - Dirt Merchants
>What in the World - The Other Side
>What's Wrong with You - The Vanguards
>Last Step of Doom, The - The Jolly Beggars
>Gloria - The Continentals
>Careless Love - Our Gang
>Heidi - The Infinitives
>Got Love If You Want It
>I Want to Be Loved
>Just Can't Wait - The Prophets of Old
>I Need Your Lovin' - Ronnie D - (featuring The Casuals)
>I Realize - Casuals Incorporated
>To Save My Soul - Freedom Five
>Loving on Borrowed Time - Half-Pint & The Fifths
>Llove - The End Result
>Your Love Will Die - The Vandals
>I Don't Need You - The Royal Coachmen
>Do What You Wanta Do - Dirt Merchants
>You Can Make It - The Empty Streets

Album Notes

Lenny Kaye started the mania for collecting overlooked garage punk classics with his superlative 1972 compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, and more than four decades later, garage rock collectors are still pouring out collections of rare vinyl singles documenting snarky teens bashing out rock & roll in their parents' basements or garages in the mid-'60s. One can't help but wonder if the well will ever run dry on such things, and Tim Warren, Crypt Records founder and the man behind the outstanding Back from the Grave series, seems to be suggesting that vintage garage material is becoming a dwindling resource in the title of 2015's Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vols. 1-2. But if there are fewer hidden treasures out there, Warren is still going a bang-up job of digging up choice obscurities, and this set features 29 fine if little-known rock & roll sides full of cheap guitars, pounding drums, and adolescent snark. While most of these tracks lean to the more melodic and less fuzzy end of the garage spectrum, the attitude is still plenty ferocious on most tunes, and these performances stomp hard. The Electric Sensation speak with eloquent annoyance about a gal named "Mary," the Krels chart the previously undiscovered link between some yeti-like creature and acid rock on "Psychedelic Feelin'," the Colonials cram many possible double meanings into "Crawdad," "Careless Love" by Our Gang delivers plenty of menace along with some quality harp work and reverb-drenched guitar, the Expressions let loose with all sorts of romantic teen angst on "One More Night," and the Dirt Merchants show just how much they love the song "Little Black Egg" on "I Found Another Girl." As usual for Crypt's anthology releases, the sound quality is quite good on this material, and while Warren hasn't been able to track down information on all the artists, what is here is well researched and fun to read. It's impossible to say how much more of this stuff remains undiscovered, but Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns, Vols. 1-2 shows there's still great music out there that most '60s rock mavens have yet to hear. (And since Vols. 3-4 is in the works, this isn't the end of the line just yet.) ~ Mark Deming


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