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When We Was Younger Than Yesterday

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: 5550958791
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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There's always an element of risk when buying a record music from a band of which you have never heard. It's made worse when the buyer is seeking material from past decades. With the explosion in the availability of material from the 1960s and early 1970s, there are hundreds of CDs from which to choose. Sometimes you hit paydirt, as with `Yeah' by The Alarm Clocks (the review of which is just below this one); sometimes you miss. This isn't simply about being successful or unsuccessful - selling lots of records and earning money for nothing with the chicks for free - because there is much good music that for a variety of reasons does not sell.

That's not the case, however, with `When We Was Younger Than Yesterday,' by The Arkay IV. The group was out of Erie, PA and released three 45s and an LP during the period from 1966 to 1969 and, if the material on this album is any indicator, none of them could have sold well. The CD consists mainly of instrumentals played in a manner that suggests a wedding band. While the arrangements are good and the band members hit all the right notes, there is an almost total lack of energy about the performances. Nowhere is this more apparent than when the group plays `Out of Limits' and `Penetration;' two surf classics that - when done right - evoke everything that is exciting about surfing. On this record, the songs evoke little more than watching a flat sea at low tide. Other cuts are marked as "Unreleased," the reason being easy to deduce after listening to them. The last few tracks are from 1968 to 1970, and finds the band trying to embrace psychedelia via more upbeat tempos and ironic lyrics. Fortunately, psychedelia was able to escape the bands grasp.
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Total of 22 tracks, penned and recorded between 1966-68. When I first heard this CD, I assumed it was the band's entire repertoire - but their split CD 'Meet The Outcasts / The Mod Sound Of The Arkay IV' appear to have a dozen songs that do not appear on this (mostly) instrumental disc. Decent surf / garage rock to take in. Tunes here that sort of tend to stand out are "Little Girl", "I Got A Woman", their ballad "When I Was Younger" and several instrumentals "Out Of Limits", "Penetration" and "Summertime" (reminds me of the Wonders band, from the movie 'That Thing You Do'). Sort of liked their cover of Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk", the upbeat "Valley Of Conneaut Creek" and "She Was Cool". Personnel: Dave Massello - keyboards & vocals, Bob Sustak - guitar, Skip Niebauer - bass and Bill Kirby - drums. Should pull in fans of Human Expression, the Seeds, Blues Magoos, Shadows Of Knight and Music Machine.
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I'LL KEEP ON TRYING is yer quintessential 1960s mod-a-go-go tune. It is a work of cheezadelic genius. Unfortunately, the rest of this record is composed of boring-as-hell surf-crap. It really hurt me to find out The Ugly Truth about The Arkay IV. And it hurts me to write this about them. Because I'LL KEEP ON TRYING is so frigging brilliant. With its heart-rending final chord. But that track is completely atypical. Both in style and in quality.
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