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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Munster Records
  • ASIN: B0078ADNQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Few bands from the early-80s garage revival really caught the heart and soul of mid-60s punk rock as well as The Lyres.
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Monoman's choppy Vox Continental organ is the signature sound of the Lyres.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gavin B. on October 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"On Fyre" is a Matador reissue of the of the Lyres 1982 debut album on Boston's homegrown Ace of Hearts label. The Lyres, lead by the charismatic Jeff "Monoman" Conolly were among the premiere bands of the early 80s club band renaissance in Boston Massachusetts. Only two other bands, Mission of Burma and the Pixies were arguably more significant players in a music scene that revolved around tiny, smoke-filled, standing- room-only music venues like Cantone's, the Rat, the Underground and the In Square Men's Bar. The neo-garage rock of the Lyres was particularly well suited to the sweaty hard edged clubs of that era. The Lyres embodied all that was pure and passionate in the music of the venerable Boston school of garage punk.
Monoman, a walking archive of garage rock, was initially involved with DMZ, the seminal Boston garage rock band of the late sixties. DMZ, along with performers like Willie "Loco" Alexander, provided a blueprint for the for the the Boston punk scene. If Willie Alexander was the godfather of Boston punk, then Monoman and DMZ were his heir apparents. DMZ actually got signed by a major label (Sire), but production quality was so abysmal that even garage afficiandos hated the Flo and Eddy (of the Turtle's) drum heavy mix of sound of the mix. DMZ mutated into the Lyres in the early eighties and the band recorded "Help You Ann" a local hit on Ace of Hearts. "On Fyre" is arguably the most significant album of the post-punk garage movement. Monoman's choppy Vox Continental organ is the signature sound of the Lyres. The snarling vocals, the punky Danelectro guitar and the flat un-miked drum sound suggested a time tunnel back to the mid-sixties heyday of true garage bands like Question Mark and the Mysterians and the Seeds.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fran Fried on March 16, 2005
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"On Fyre" may very well be one of the most appropriate names ever for a rock'n'roll album. The first full-length album by Boston's Lyres wasn't just incendiary -- it was a deliberate act of arson.

It also provided one of those handful of musical moments (hearing "Rocket to Russia" for the first time, watching Costello's first "SNL" appearance, the first time I heard "Pet Sounds," etc.) that changed my life as a music fan -- walking into Sounds records in Manhattan's East Village on my 23rd birthday in 1984, hearing the first bashing strains of "Don't Give It Up Now" for the first time, right into the mad vibrato throbbing of "Help You Ann" ... and two songs later, the familiar "You Really Got Me" riff that opened "I'm Telling You Girl," followed by a scream and a Vox organ riff from the depths. And my jaw dropped. And I just about ran out of the store with the album. It led to many Rolling Rock-powered nights over the next decade of seeing Jeff "Monoman" Conolly and his various Lyres lineups in New York, New Haven, New London, Naugatuck, Boston and Hoboken. And between "On Fyre," my immersion into The Fleshtones, The Vipers and the Hoodoo Gurus shortly after, and of course the "Pebbles" comps, I was about 90 percent on my way to being a garagehead.

The original Ace of Hearts release was way too short, with just 10 songs. But they were the right songs, including two real Kinks kovers (a sweet "Love Me 'Til the Sun Shines" and a slowed-down, wring-it-out "Tired of Waiting") and the garage equivalent of "Splish Splash" -- the squeaky-clean yet soulful grind of "Soapy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 24, 2002
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Jeff connolly works at the record store I always go to.He is totally nut's but he is a great musician.I never knew he was in a band until I found this in my mom's boyfriend car.I played it at my school and even my friends liked it.It sounds like tons of bands from the 60's and that's a good thing. Jeff told me that when they made this he used all kinds of old amps to make it sound so 60s.I like EVERY song on this cd and would like to see it sell millions so jeff would'nt have to work at the record store.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2002
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OK, I have to confess that I am an absolute sucker for any garage band featuring an Alan Price-style organist. This has one of the best in Jeff Connolly. If you like the Animals and Alan Price (the legendary organist for the band) or ? and the Mysterians "96 Tears" with a bit of the very early Kinks thrown in, you'll love this stuff. I like even mediocre bands with a decent organ. Luckily, this stuff is awesome.
The Lyres have two great albums and one pretty good one. I have to confess that I haven't heard many of their later albums, though record store friends tell me that they aren't as strong as the early ones. But ON FYRE and LYRES LYRES are just great, spine tingling, adrenaline pumping killers. Some music puts me to sleep; some music revitalizes me and fires me up. This is the latter.
But if your idea of a great organist is Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman, you're gonna hate this. This stuff is not pretentious Art Rock, but grungy garage, party rock. This album is bad dancing, free flowing beer, and the survival of the soul of the sixties. You just have to love this stuff!
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