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Separations [Vinyl]

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This debut by the Embrooks -- recorded on four-track analog equipment and produced by the band themselves -- was originally a vinyl-only release by the Dig the Fuzz label in April 1999. It was finally issued on compact disc by Dionysus in the U.S. a few months after their invigorating American debut, Our New Day, was released on the legendary Bomp! label's Voxx subsidiary, making this one seem like a stopgap measure until their proper follow-up. As this British trio is heavily rooted in the freakbeat/mod rock sound circa 1966-1967, it might come as something of a surprise that this CD is a murky, scuzzy, garage-sounding affair overall. A few highlights include their superb take on the Outsiders' mournful, folk/beat rave-up "Sun's Going Down" and "Fight Fire," previously recorded by the Fantastic Dee Jays (who had, in turn, covered the obscure original by the Golliwogs, a pre-Creedence band fronted by the Fogerty brothers). Yet, despite the fact that most of the songs are amiably propelled along by Alessandro Cozzi-Lepri's blistering, fuzz-drenched guitars, Mole's frenetic basslines, Lois Tozer's manic drumming, and the group's combined Mersey-styled harmonies, what mostly ruins this outing is the poor recording quality, which is so swamped in reverb that there's audible distortion from the digital over-saturation. It makes for a very poor listen of an otherwise wonderful album, one that could have perhaps used an additional mixing-and-mastering session. The 14-track CD drops one track from the original LP, but includes two songs from their Sympathy for the Record Industry EP from 1998: "Where Were You?" and "Things Come Back to You," two tracks dating back to December 1996, just one month after the band formed. Another early recording, "But I Didn't Know Him" (originally issued as a limited-edition 7" single by Dig the Fuzz), is also included. ~ Bryan Thomas, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Where Were You?
  2. Things Come Back to You
  3. How You Want It To
  4. You Take Me for Rides
  5. Venus at Night
  6. Seperations
  7. Fight Fire
  8. But I Didn't Know Him
  9. Sun's Going Down
  10. You Will Never Change
  11. You're Mine
  12. Love Is a Beautiful Thing
  13. (I Don't Like) What You Do
  14. I Was Alone

Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dionysus Records
  • ASIN: B0008GIVZC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,891,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Matthew E. Surtel on April 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful -- opaque guitars, echoing vocals, and supreme senses of melody and songwriting.

The Embrooks don't get the attention of say, the Strokes or White Stripes.

And that's unfortunate. Because they're among the extremely few groups performing an older style of music without sounding contrived, or betraying traces of their modernity.

Everything about "Separations" is delightful and true-to-life --like finding a great unknown album from 1965 or '66. And it's total fun to listen to.

Fans of '60s garage rock, folk rock and early psychedelia will find this album well worth the price.

"Separations" (and the Embrooks themselves) goes well with albums by Love, the Outsiders, the Red Crayola and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.
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