Monday, March 22, 2021

Various Artists - A Lethal Dose Of Hard Psych (1966-70 us / canada, authentic way cool sixties artifacts)

With 23 very rare singles originating from all over North America, from 1966-1970 (dates are not given for a couple but they certainly fit the time frame), this is very much in the Pebbles garage compilation mentality. The key difference is that the focus is on a later era -- only two to three years later on the average, mind you, but a significant difference when you're talking about the '60s, when styles and sounds changed very quickly. It logically begets another difference between this and your average garage compilation: there is much more weight given to hard, even heavy, guitar rock and psychedelic lyrics. 

Nonetheless, much of the fuzz guitar and cheesy organ texture typical of "classic" garage music remains. You have to dig pretty deep even for any names that are known by association on this comp, as all of the groups are unknown: three members of Adam went on to the Balloon Farm, Light's "Back Up" was produced by Music Machine producer Brian Ross, and Steve Cropper co-produced the Aardvarks' "Subconscious Train of Thought." For all the effort involved in locating these 45s, and the informed and entertaining liner notes.
by Richie Unterberger
Artists - Tracks - Composer
1. The Changin' Tymes - Blue Music Box (Larry Moore, Charles Ferrer) - 2:15
2. Catfish Knight - Deathwise (John Knight) - 2:56
3. Bondsmen - Our Time To Try (Archie Thomas, Jim Bowen, Philip Pearson, Tim Hutchinson, Gene Galligan, Ken Heywood) - 3:26
4. Flower Power - I Can Feel It (Larry Pearl, Michael Melby) - 2:09
5. A.D.A.M - Eve (Adam Dawson, Adam London, Adam Schnug, Adam Taylor) - 2:17
6. The Aardvarks - Subconcious Train Of Thought (Jean Borman, Kenneth "Skip" Daley, Mike Newman, Mike Wee) - 3:53
7. Factree - Kaleidoscope (Mike Weaver, Rick Gauthier) - 2:00
8. Light - Back Up (Greg Eckler) - 2:49
9. The Dutch Masters - The Expectation (Blake Schaefer) - 2:25
10.Sidells - Watch Out Mother (Hubert Deans) - 3:29
11.Zoser - Dark Of The Morning (Warren Kendrick) - 3:40
12.Tom Dae Turned On - I Shall Walk (Tom Dae) - 4:06
13.Cardboard Box - Come On Baby (Jack Lorenzo) - 3:13
14.Legends - Enjoy Yourself (Barry Davis, Randy Russell) - 2:53
15.Crystal Rain - Hey Ma Ma (Bill Moan) - 3:38
16.The Sound System - Take A Look At Yourself (Barry McNeill, Barry McNeill) - 2:36
17.Lovechain - Step Out Of Your Window You Can Fly (Don Thomas, Michael Millius) - 2:31
18.Inner Light - Temptation (Dick Steffes) - 2:33
19.Mammoth - Mammoth (Butch Denney, John Paul) - 3:29
20.Lazy Nickels - 35 Design (Evan Eyerick, Rhine) - 2:13
21.Enoch Smoky - It's Cruel (Dick Douglas, Gedz, Richard Collignon) - 3:39
22.Haymarket Riot - Leaving (Jom Doe) - 2:42
23.Mind Garage - Asphalt Mother (Larry McClurg) - 5:11