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  • Audio CD (July 10, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000005JAV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shake Some Action
2. Teenage Head
3. Slow Death
4. Tallahassee Lassie
5. Yeah My Baby
6. Yes It's True
7. First Plane Home
8. In The U.S.A.
9. Between The Lines
10. Don't You Lie To Me
11. You Tore Me Down
12. I'll Cry Alone
13. Please Please Girl
14. Down Down Down
15. Yes I Am
16. Teenage Confidential
17. I Can't Hide
18. Absolutely Sweet Marie
19. Don't Put Me On
20. I Saw Her
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 11-JUL-1989

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Always out of place, the Flamin Groovies were almost always great. When San Francisco was drowning in late-'60s hippie excess, the Groovies responded with tight, riff-heavy pop songs such as "Teenage Head" and "High-Flyin' Baby." Predictably enough, not too many people noticed. So what do the Groovies do? They move to England, transform themselves into a hard-rocking, jangly merseybeat outfit, and release the critically acclaimed Shake Some Action. The year was 1976, a period better known for punk than for retro-pop. Oh well and too bad for the Groovies, but not so bad for us, as this collection demonstrates. With should-have-been hits like "You Tore Me Down" and "Slow Death," Groovies' Greatest Grooves is the perfect introduction to San Francisco's most accomplished misfits. --Percy Keegan

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At their best, The Groovies were one of the best rock 'n' roll bands in the world.
TimothyFarrell22
"Shake Some Action," which leads off this compilation is simply one of the best songs ever.
Donald E. Gilliland
I always listen to the good stuff and I never even consider lsitening to the rest.
Scott B. Saul

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
During Cyril Jordan's years as The Groovies' leader, they produced one great album ("Shake Some Action") and several very uneven ones. While the albums released after "Shake Some Action" all had their moments, they were often dragged down by hastilly-written filler material and odd cover choices. This compilation and "Shake Some Action" are the only essential purchases of that era. Most of the great songs from each album are included, showing how at their best, The Groovies were one of the most exicting rock bands of the decade. If you're only a casual fan who has heard a song or two off a sampler of 70's power-pop, this is really all you need. Some will complain about the absense of material from the Roy Loney years with the exception of one song. While the band was great in that period and I feel a good compilation of those years needs to be produced urgently, the decision to leave if off this compilation may be wise. The band changed imensley when the leader changed, so its almost as if The Groovies were two different bands. The early band favored raw roots rock with a sense of humor. The latter band were very much power-pop revisionists of the British Invasion and played without any trace of irony. Having equal amounts of both periods on the same sampler may have led to a disjointed feeling. If they were to make one, it would be critical to put it in chronological order to show the evolution. Also the inclusion of the classic "Slow Death" with short-time vocalist Chris Wilson is a wise decision, as this is a classic song that wasn't included on any of the studio albums. If you don't want to purchase the albums, this compilation would be a good choice. At their best, The Groovies were one of the best rock 'n' roll bands in the world.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JOHN SPOKUS on October 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Flamin' Groovies were like two separate bands. The first with original vocalist Roy Loney is grossly under showcased here with just the classics "Teenage Head" and "Slow Death" as a token nod to a line-up that actually made the group's best music. This collection mainly highlights the albums by the Loney-less later line up led by guitarist Cyril Jordan and vocalist Chris White whose biggest claim to fame is the proto- power pop classic/anthem "Shake Some Action" included here along with an overview of the rest of that line-up's output which owes a lot to the mid sixties Beatles and maybe more to The Byrds jangly Rickenbacker 12 string sound. As they went on the original ideas became less and less and they did a lot of cover versions (Beatles, Stones, Byrds, Dylan etc.). Still this compilation is a fun rock n'roll party record, but a little more of the earlier stuff would've been nice.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Woods on March 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It is a shame this band never reached the commercial success that their music warranted. Possibly the Big Guy Upstairs got them mixed them up with the Knack when it was supposed to be their shot at the big time. Anyway, there are a couple of really classic songs on this album which deserve wider recognition. The opening to Shake Some Action has to be the one of the best ever. If John Lennon ever heard these guys he would be really proud. Anyone reading this should do whatever it takes to track down anything by the Sunnyboys or Radio Birdman, Australian bands circa 1976-1983, who were heavily influenced by the Groovies; although they both have a harder edge. In particular look out for 'Aloha Steve and Dano' by Radio Birdman which uses the Hawaii Five-O theme in a way you will really dig. Good luck.
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Format: Audio CD
I don't know enough about the "original" version of this band that included Roy Loney, but the recordings the Flamin' Groovies made on this collection are knock-down great. It's hard to really categorize the Groovies because they dabbled in so many different musical styles. To simply call them a garage band, or some sort of Nuggets-type group doesn't do them justice at all. They are rock and rollers foremost, but you can hear elements of R&B, blues, country, power-pop, and even a dollop of punk spirit in their tunes. Yes, spirit. The Groovies had buckets of spirit and that's what this band was all about, gleefully knocking out catchy originals or performing some very inspired cover tunes. They're feeling this music, loving this music, and that spirit is addictive. "Shake Some Action," which leads off this compilation is simply one of the best songs ever. Hall of Fame tune. The other 23 tracks on here are a mixed bag of originals and covers, all gloriously played with verve. I can hear some Dave Edmunds in these tunes --- oh yeah, he produced a bunch of them! --- plus some Chuck Berry, Beatles, Rolling Stones, and snatches of other artists. Playing this CD unearthed many great tunes, some cool Groovies originals and covers of songs I had previously heard by other acts: Yo La Tengo also recorded the sublime "You Tore Me Down" ... Edmunds did "Down Down Down" ... many artists have done "Tallahassee Lassie" ... Jason and the Scorchers covered "Absolutely Sweet Marie," the Dylan tune ... and of course there is "There's a Place", the Beatles tune. This CD closes with a stormin' version of "River Deep, Mountain High." Great way to top off this awesome collection.
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