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Garage Punk Unknowns, Vol. 1

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  • Audio CD (January 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crypt -- Revolver --
  • ASIN: B0000058V3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A few years ago I had stumbled upon a few of these songs while downloading music. This was 2000 or 2001. I had found "Don't Press You Luck", "Now", "I Saw Her in a Taxi", and "Stolen Moments." All of these songs are found on Garage Punk Unknowns 1 and 2. I got hooked and these songs became some of my favorites. Unfortunatley, that computer was lost in a thunderstorm... and I was never able to find the songs again.

I began a six year hunt for these LPs/CDs. Amazon never had any availible, and when they had used ones for sale... well, the cheapest I ever found them was for a whooping $50 for volume 2. I kept hunting though, and bought both volumes 1 and 2 for a $25 package deal at a record shop in Philly.

So far, as this purchase was made just the other day, I've only listened to volume one (this CD). The songs I loved and lost years ago are still here, and they're still great. New favorites, like "Coffee, Tea, or Me" and "Beware" are on here. I'm excited to get to now all the songs on both these albums.

Perhaps the best contribution from the people at Crypt (other than compling the songs themselves) is that the CD insert includes information on each of the bands, including the band responsible for "Coffee, Tea, or Me" which was composed of NINE! people and they recorded the song only so that the one guy could make enoguh money to buy a car (and it apparently worked, as they didn't record another single). There's also short tales about the Big Beats fighting with the local Marines at there shows. Some odd stories, including the King-Beez and how the two original members were Scottish immigrants to Western Canada who were trying to get into the dentist field when a DJ convinced them to form a beat band... but then they kicked the DJ out 'cos he couldn't really play any insturments.

Thoroughly enjoyable, sloopy, enthusiastic, rock & roll. Recomended to anyone interested in late rockabilly, The Mummies, or The Cramps.
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The subtitle, by the way, is "Full Monophonic Teenblast From America's Mid-60's Garage Explosion." The first CD in the Garage Punk Unknowns Series is crammed fulla mind-meltin' rock n roll magic. These 31 songs rock harder and louder than just about anything else you've ever heard- they're sloppy, exuberant, violent, brutal, and brilliant, more mercilessly fun than- oh, I don't know... heroin (I'm not speaking from experience). Songs of particular note include Fink-Muncx Nine's deranged "Coffee, Tea, or Me," the Teddy Boys' lean, mean, ominous "Jezebel," and the Hard Times' "I Can't Wait 'Til Friday Comes," which is both nasty and hilarious. And then there's the Temptations' (no, not THOSE Temptations) cover of "Hey! Bo Diddley," which starts out as a bit of punk rock a capella before launching into an amazingly catchy rock n roll pound-fest. The End reduce Buddy Holly's classic "Not Fade Away" to its most basic elements: A primal beat and some truly primitive vocals. The King Beez's groovin' "Now," is another highlight, as is the Ravens' schizophrenic "Don't Press Your Luck." There's also the Landels' surf-tinged cover of "The Witch," and the Big Beats' heavy, pummeling "Beware." These are only a few highlights of what is easily one of the best garage rock discs ever assembled. Pick it up and enjoy!
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