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A History of Garage & Frat Bands in Memphis 1960-1975, Vol. 1

Various Artists Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shangri-La Projects
  • ASIN: B00005QG2J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Rising Mercury Twist (LeSabres) - LeSabres
3. Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Danny Burk and the Invaders) - Danny Burk And The Invaders
4. Can't Find a Way (Joe Frank and the Knights) - Joe Frank And The Knights
5. I Tell No Lies (The Escapades) - The Escapades
6. Seven Little Numbers (The Rapids) - The Rapids
7. Leaning on You (The Yo-Yo's) - The Yo-Yo's
8. Ain't Got You (The Jades) - The Jades
9. Possibility (The Coachmen) - The Coachmen
10. The Mysterians (Jimmy Tarbutton and the Memphis Sound) - Jimmy Tarbutton And The Memphis Sound
11. Land of Soul (The Rapscallions) - The Rapscallions
12. All I Want Is You (Shadden and the King Lears) - Shadden And The King Lears
13. Blue Music Box (The Changin' Tymes) - The Changin' Tymes
14. Save a Chance (The Castels) - The Castels
15. These Windows (The Village Sound) - The Village Sound

Editorial Reviews

A History of Garage and Frat Bands in Memphis, 1960-75 is a Memphis garage rock compilation cd that was released in conjunction with the book Playing for a Piece of the Door, by Ron Hall. The book is a candid history and discography of over one hundred garage rock bands who recorded at least one record in Memphis between1960-1975. The cd contains 15 unforgettable gems from the golden era of 1960's Memphis music including Flash and the Casuals, Danny Burk and the Invaders, the Rapids, as well as Shadden & the King Lears! Liner notes from garage rock authority Eric Friedl of Wipeout! and Goner Records fame round out this excellent slice of American history when the Beatle boots met the soul of the South in garages all over Memphis!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection of Rare Garage Tracks June 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Upon first spinning this compilation, listeners will be struck by the audio quality. Certainly, the raw, grainy tone of garage rock is to be embraced, but the quality of the actual production here is definitely not up to industry standards. It's clear that these selections come straight from vinyl sources, and not master recordings. But you have to put that aside for a variety of factors. For one, the overwhelming majority of these tunes are not available elsewhere on cd. Secondly, it is highly possible that the master tapes for these records have either been destroyed or lost over the last 30+ years. Keep in mind too that these hail from small local labels of the era.
With all of that said, once the music is actually moving the molecules around in your room, you will easily overlook
the sonic shortcomings of the recordings presented here. Each track is a gem, and as a whole, the compilation presents fifteen unique, yet consistent-sounding songs spanning 15 years. A track by track analysis isn't necessary, although I will say that The Yo-Yo's take on Billy Joe Royal's "Leaning On You" is nothing short of a masterpiece. That track alone makes this a worthwhile purchase (and admittedly, was my personal motivation for seeking it out). My only real complaint is that, clocking in at 33 minutes, the second volume could have easily been placed on the same disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis Rock & Roll! January 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
While the general public probably never heard most of these groups they were the top groups in Memphis, Tenn., in the late 60's and early 70's. Rousing rock and roll from the local underground scene. "Don't Send Me No Flowers" by the Breakers, along with Honey Jug's "Warm City Baby," should have been national hits. Memphis garage Rock and Roll played in smokey, dimly lit frat rooms and high school hops. The "unknown" Memphis music, at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Fashioned Rock and Roll from Memphis - part 1 November 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD
See my comments on the volume 2 CD . Ditto for this CD! Great, one of my most favorite "albums." Buy both CDs and sit back and enjoy!
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