This Is The Sonics
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“This Is The Sonics” reunites original members Jerry Roslie, Larry Parypa and Rob Lind, backed by the powerhouse rhythm section of Freddie Dennis (The Kingsmen, The Liverpool Five) and Dusty Watson (Dick Dale, Agent Orange). Broken up in 1967, The Sonics legacy has remained frozen in time with classics like “Psycho,” “Strychnine,” and “Have Love, Will Travel”, awaiting discovery and directly inspiring generations of garage bands the world over. “This Is The Sonics” picks up where they left off. Recorded in “Earth Shaking Mono” by producer Jim Diamond, known for his work with the White Stripes, and The Dirtbombs.
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It's like the next LP the Sonics might have done in 1967 or so. As good or better than any garage band out there. They've got a style, sound, and performance down pat. They just jell together. They sound like...exactly like they always have!
If they can perform live as great and as energetic as this new reunion CD does, that'd be unbelievable some at 70-years old can still do it this well. I'm going to see them live at Knuckleheads in Kansas City on June 20th, their last official U.S. show (for now) before they take off on a tour of Europe.
I'm guessing these guys didn't rag themselves out because they didn't keep the rock & roll lifestyle for very long and just lived non-musician lives while other rockers burned out or died young. A bit like John Fogerty who still sounds great.
The Sonics did keep up their chops by non-periodic reunions through the years so there's nothing to be embarassed about here. Like Link Wray at this age but he didn't ever really sit out for very long. Not like these guys!
Fans of garage or grunge or punk will need to purchase this CD immediately. Not to mention, go see them live NOW while they're on tour. Next year may be different for guys this age but like Sonny Burgess or Link Wray whom I saw into their mid-70s they can still be good.
I'll have to disagree with the reviewer who gave this CD a one-star rating because it's in mono. It really makes sense here. It's like they WANTED it to sound like their next LP from the 1960s. In 1965, 80-90% of music was still recorded in mono. Sure it'd been cooler to have say, a mono & stereo version on one disc but oh well, you get over it quickly because it just sounds & rocks too good, for what it is.
All the musicians on this CD deserve kudos but it is amazing that Gerry Roslie's voice sounds pretty much like it did when he was 20, and for those of us who listened to the Sonics enough, you know it's HIM and the Sonics immediately! He had a distinguished wail without blowing out too much in a way. Good thing he rested his voice all these years.
If you don't already have something from them, get a greatest hits like the Norton Records vinyl LP "Here Are The Sonics!!!" or the Ace/Big Beat import CD called "Psycho-Sonic", which is noted to be the best sounding CD so far. Plus, the Psyco-Sonic CD has 2 of the best of the 6 tracks from the live 1972 Etiquette EP (from 1986) called Live Fanz Only. That's a rare vinyl and spotty enough sound-wise the CD is a better bet.
UPDATE 6/24/2015: Well the Sonics really rocked last Saturday night; they were great! They pretty much sounded as good as they could for what it was, outdoors at Knuckleheads. The original guys Gerry, Larry & Rob have a younger bass player & drummer who fit in just fine & got their own good moments in, too. In a way you can miss that extra Keith-Moon-ish pounding of Bob Bennett, but who can fill any great drummer's hands? It's tough but he did fine. So I told the bassist after the show good luck on their coming European tour, and if they ever come back to KC, I will EFFING come see them again! A great treat. Catch them while you can, and don't forget, buy this new LP/CD.