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Early Works 1964-1966 Import


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Audio CD, Import, February 28, 1999
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  • Audio CD (February 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atm
  • ASIN: B00004SAKE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Malibu Run
11. Everybody Up
12. Highway Surfer
13. Little Ollie

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aron Rush on June 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Randy Holden is one of the very best guitar players to come out of the 60's, and yet he's almost unknown today. Well before his brilliant sides with the Other Half and Blue Cheer, Holden was plowing new ground in The Fender IV and Sons Of Adam. It's the recordings of those two bands featured here.

This disc has only two faults: the sound quality leaves something to be desired in places due to the sources (old acetates and vinyl singles), and the song order. Why they put Sons Of Adam first instead of putting the material in chronological order is beyond me, unless they felt it might be more accessible. In spite of these complaints, there is some amazing guitar playing on this disc that merits the serious attention of fans and musicians alike. It would be nice if Sundazed or Rhino would get this back into print with some descent liner notes.

The Fender IV was a mostly instrumental surf band, heavily influenced by the talented pioneer of this style, Dick Dale. The unbelievable thing about The Fender IV is their young guitar player had surpassed the master in innovation and sound. Mar Gaya may not break any rules, but Holden's playing is perhaps the finest speed surf guitar recorded. Malibu Run is this dark atmospheric piece of sheer genius. Nobody sounded quite like this in 1964. Everybody Up has some amazing fret work. The other songs by this band aren't the equal of those cuts, but still contain some interesting guitar work.

The Sons Of Adam were a punk r&b outfit similar to hundreds of other such bands in the mid 60's but had the reputation of playing killer live shows. Again, Holden's playing lifts them above the pack and into the realms of brilliance.
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