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60's Punk Rock Bands-Live From Texas

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  • Audio CD (November 30, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000084R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
A 12 song CD - originally issued on a local Texas label named Home Cooking Records and subsequently reissued by Collectables Records - of six Texas-based bands. Each band is accorded two songs, all of which were recorded live at venues in the state between 1965 and 1970. As one might expect, the sound quality is erratic; the only consistency being the songs by each band sound about the same. As is usually the case, it's the vocals that suffer the most, though the instruments at times are little more than muddy cacophony. Most of the stuff is blues-heavy, with a complete absence of any influence or acknowledgement of the British Invasion or the nascent garage movement. However, in being that way, one gets the feel that these folks were in the HOV lane on the interstate to psychedelia.

And, no where is that more apparent that on cuts 5 and 6 by the 13th Floor Elevators. Despite the muddy tapes, you can get Roky Erickson's eccentric voice and that blasted electric jug that should not sound as wonderful and appropriate and natural as it does. There's no way to tell from the CD itself, as liner notes are limited, but it's possible - maybe wishful thinking on my part - that it is the original lineup. As for the other bands, they are all but forgotten. The only exception - other than the Elevators - is Rockola of which Lou Ann Barton was a member.
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