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Mouse And The Traps, from Texas are principally known for the classic garage and folk-rock of A Public Execution, Maid Of Sugar and Lie, Beg, Borrow & Steal. Based in the eastern city of Tyler and evolving from a group of pickers who hung out at Robin Hood Brians' recording studio, Mouse (Ronnie Weiss) and his band ruled the region in the latter half of the 60s.

The Traps made a name for themselves throughout the south with some incendiary performances and scored several regional hits, with the Dylan-laced Execution making the national charts in 1966. Signed to the venerable Cincinnati indie Fraternity, with a dozen singles under their belt, there were rumors among collectors for years that a Mouse And The Traps LP existed.

There never was an album, but now Big Beat has decided to condense the contents of their well-received Mouse & The Traps CD anthology The Fraternity Years into one all-killer vinyl edition. It's the kind of power-packed disc fans would have hoped for back in the day. As a special bonus, it includes a previously unissued alternate version of the act's 1968 single Sometimes You Just Can't Win.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Public Execution
  2. Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice
  3. Nobody Cares
  4. I'm A Man
  5. Like I Know You Do
  6. I Am The One
  7. Do The Best You Can
  8. I've Got Her Love - Chris St John
  9. Cryin' Inside
  10. Lie, Beg, Borrow And Steal
  11. Sometimes You Just Can't Win
  12. Look At The Sun
  13. I Satisfy
  14. All For You
  15. You Don't Love Me
  16. Promises Promises


Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace (U.K.)
  • ASIN: B00BF0CGWY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This Tyler, TX band achieved their greatest international fame a half-decade after they first laid down the Dylanesque "A Public Execution" in the mid-60s. The exposure came from the song's inclusion on Lenny Kaye's legendary "Nuggets" double LP and revitalized interest in the group's entire catalog of singles. The resulting interest spawned early vinyl-mastered reissues on New Rose, and finally, this authoritative CD release drawn from the original master tapes.

Mouse is Ronnie Weiss, a singer whose normal singing voice is a dead-ringer for Dylan's nasal delivery. "A Public Execution," Weiss' 1966 kiss-off to an ex-girlfriend, found the sort of disjointed regional radio success that never gained the critical mass needed to chart nationally. The band developed fans in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Ohio and Kentucky, but never graduated beyond their contract with the Cincinnati-based Fraternity Records. The single's B-side, the horn-lined "All for You" is perhaps more indicative of the R&B material the band turned out in live performances across oil patch towns in East Texas. Still, this was the mid-60s, and like Jim Sohns of The Shadows of Knight, Mouse lent a cocky edge to the band's blues.

The follow-up single, "Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice," sounds even more like the Shadows of Knight, with bedspring-twangs of fuzz guitar punctuating the mile-a-minute vocals and R&B band rave-up. It's a truly sweltering piece of mid-60s garage rock. The flipside, "I Am the One" introduced the band's proclivity for folk-rock, which also included the Byrds styled buzz and jangle of "I've Got Her Love" and the Dylanesque "Like I Know You Do.
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Until now, I have vaguely even heard of this psychedelic / garage band from Tyler, Texas. Apparently, the band put out plenty of good singles between 1965-69. But, no albums. No problem, this twenty-five track compilation says it all. Tunes I found myself playing over many times are "Public Execution" (sounds SO much like Bob Dylan, it's almost scary), "Maid Of Sugar,Maid of Spice", "I've Got Her Love", "I Am The One", the Monkees-like "Promises,Promises" and "I Satisfy". Line-up: Ronnie 'Mouse' Weiss-vocals, Doug Rhone-guitar&vocals, David Stanley-bass, Randy Fouts-keyboards and Don Garrett-drums. Should appeal to most fans of the Standells, Chocolate Watchband, Gentrys, Kingsmen and the Outcasts. Essential.
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The first song, "Public Execution," delivers the predominant message in the music, Texas garage strongly influenced by Dylan's early electric period. Specifically, vocals heavily borrowed from the man himself and "Highway 61 Revisited" instrumentations, particularly in the organ and guitar. The police siren even makes an appearance later in the CD. The guitar licks in "Public Execution" are pure "Like a Rolling Stone."
To be sure, other influences abound, the CD is like a musical "Where's Waldo." Doors keyboards, psychedelic Donovan, lush pop arrangements ("Requiem for Sarah") and a James Brown treatment of "You Are My Sunshine" (!). The title "Fraternity Years" refers to the record label on which these originally appeared, not the maturity level of the performances.
Lots of material here, enjoy!!!
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I was 25 when this was released in 1967. I was a singer/songwriter with a record contract. I kept up with what people were doing, the recordings, the movies and press that drove the hippie culture. Bob Dylan was the fountainhead of sixties cultural movement whether he wanted to be or not.

I remember hearing on the radio a guy named Mouse, the lead singer on this album, singing his song Public Execution which owes a lot to Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, to many, Dylan's signature song. I only heard Public Excecution once on the radio but I was taken with it. My comment was that Mouse out-Bob Dylaned Bob Dylan. Mouse had every Dylan nuance down pat, accent, his soaring sharp, wailing refrains which defied musical convention, so distinctly Dylan. If you can imagine Dylan with a strong pop voice, this is it.

The album is of great historical significance. It features the guitar virtuosity of Bugs Henderson who, in my mind, is one of the top guitar players that ever lived. After all these years he's filling up some club and blowing minds. The record was cut at Robin Hood Brian's famous studio in Tyler, where everyone in or near Texas that was ever anybody recorded. James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, ZZ, Stevie Ray and many others.

I bought it for historical value and play it often for friends who don't know about Mouse. I always enjoy it. There are several voices dwelling within Dylan himself, from the brash Like a Rolling Stone Dylan to the tender Just Like a Woman Dylan. Mouse has them all down.

I wonder... There are many Elvis impersonators, some of whom I presume make a good living. Why weren't there ever any Dylan impersonators? You could say some like Petty, Knopfler, the Byrds made their bones by channeling Dylan. But no one did Dylan as well as Mouse.
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