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Complete Moving Sidewalks

Moving Sidewalks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • ASIN: B008OHV6VS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLEAR PATH 18 Oct 2012
By Doc
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I completely agree with the previous review of this latest compliation of Moving Sidewalks tracks and would just like to add a couple of points for any of you that have either of the previous two CD releases or those on LP.

The main reason for buying this set, even if you have any of the others, is for the huge improvement in sound.

With the exception of the demos, all of the tracks here are taken from what must be the best sources available and the improvement in sound compared to ALL other releases is a revelation.

All of the previous releases, (many still available) are from either 3rd or 4th generation tapes or needle-drops.

What they have done here, (and what all re-issues should do) is select the source based on the best sound. This means that some tracks are in mono and some stereo.
All previous releases have used what they could get, (to keep the CD in stereo) which meant a lot of needle-drops.

The biggest improvement here is the track, 'You don't know the life'. All previous releases used a stereo needle-drop but this release uses the original mono master, which sounds amazing; all of the instruments crystal clear and the impact, smooth and with the feeling I'm sure Billy intended.

This appies to all of the LP proper, with a split between mono & stereo but with each track sounding as clear as the day they were recorded.

The singles are, as you would expect for the period, in mono and also sound fabulous.

My heartfelt reccomendation here is that if you are intending to purchase anything by this group, spend the extra cash and you won't be disappointed.
If you already have one of the other releases, throw it away and buy this one, please!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
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I have to say the packaging for this edition surprised me-in a good way. The two discs slip inside cardboard envelopes, and the outer, lidded box is a heavy cardboard, with a cool photo of the band on the front, and complete track listings on the back. The 53 (!) page booklet has a long essay on the band, their music, and the era. Also included are many period photographs-posed and on stage, posters advertising gigs, and record labels of the band's singles. There's also a list of band members for both THE COACHMEN and THE MOVING SIDEWALKS. The sound is pretty good-except for the obvious background noise on one track. This set was produced by Billy Gibbons and James Austin-so there's some assurance that this wasn't just thrown together. There's a few tunes that are worth more than 3 "stars"-everybody will have their favorites-especially (like me) if you like this era of music, so this probably floats somewhere between 3 and 4 "stars" for the best tunes.

The original album "Flash", is an early example of Texas psychedelic/blues/rock. This isn't ZZ TOP. It's Billy Gibbons-with some of his trademark sound already in place-expanding and morphing into the player he became in ZZ TOP. There's a lot of Texas garage band style songs, along with some sound affects, and one tune that is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix ("Pluto-Sept. 31st"),-Hendrix had heard Gibbons and had good things to say about his playing, and there's a photo in the booklet of Hendrix with THE MOVING SIDEWALKS. "Eclipse" is psychedelic music then popular-with it's backwards vocals. But other tunes like "Flashback", "You Don't Know The Life", and a few others are pretty cool for the era.

"Joe Blues" is just that-7 1/2 minutes that gives Gibbons a chance to show his blues guitar credentials. Gibbons guitar sounds similar to Dave Edmunds' guitar on the first LOVE SCULPTURE album ("Blues Helping"), so if you've heard that album you know what to expect. If you haven't-check out this trio's exciting, in your face sound, plus some good slow blues. And yes, there's a squeak in the background that shouldn't be there, but the track is still enjoyable for early Gibbons blues guitar.

The second disc is made up of Singles and many unreleased tracks from both bands. The first 11 tracks are by THE MOVING SIDEWALKS, and the final 4 are by THE COACHMEN-check out the 1966 photo of the band on stage with a go-go girl out front doing her thing. Singles include "99th Floor", "What Are You Going To Do", "Need Me", "Every Night A New Surprise", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". There's also a number of unreleased and/or alternate recordings ("What Are You Going To Do", "Every Night A New Surprise", "Flashback"), along with a pretty cool unreleased instrumental, "Headin' Out".

The tracks by THE COACHMEN are all unreleased, and show Gibbons and the other band members at an earlier stage of development. These tracks are okay, but are worth hearing for their early period sound. These track were produced by THE COACHMEN, and there's two members that moved with Gibbons onto THE MOVING SIDEWALKS-Dan Mitchell/drums, and Kelly Parker/keyboards.

In the end, there's nothing especially startling here-just some pretty cool Texas psych/rock/blues from two young bands from the period. Fans (like me) of late 60's/early 70's bands will probably like this. That unmistakeable sound from that era is all over these tracks. And having a chance to hear Billy Gibbons early on, makes this set worthwhile. All in all, pretty good period sound, a bunch of Singles and unreleased tracks, and a thick, informative booklet, with a lot of great photographs, make this something fans should check out.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... a copy worth the hype... 18 Jan 2013
By bryan sperrazza - Published on
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So, The Moving Sidewalks / Flash on CD... not the first time but the first time done right. There have been many other attempts all taken from vinyl and processed as expertly as possible; but still from vinyl. And, then we had the Texas Rock Archive series that made up for the singles, b-sides, alternatives, etc... that was a nicely done disc as well. But, now we get it all and The Coachmen tracks to boot! I am hoping this is the end all as I think they finally gave us everything they had for this long forgotten band that was worthy of this release and in stunning audio quality, considering the tapes are 40 years old. Thank you Billy Gibbons!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so music by unknown bands with a famous member 6 Sep 2013
By Jersey Kid - Published on
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This two CD box set comprises the virtually all the known recorded output of two bands in which ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons was a member: The Coachmen and The Moving Sidewalks. I say "virtually all," because there is a flip side to one of the singles missing. Whether this is a typographical omission or that a copy cannot be found is unknown. It's unlikely this was a one-sided single; that practice was gone by 1968. The package was put together by Gibbons and Dan Mitchell, drummer in both groups, along with James Austin.

The former outfit was the earlier of the two, operating in the British Invasion, while the latter evolved out of The Coachmen as psychedelic blues became ascendant. The band(s) are credited with a few singles appearing on the local Houston, Texas label, Tantara and on the Wand label (yeah, same as The Kingsmen.) The local label also released an album by The Moving Sidewalks entitled `Flash.'

One of the CDs is a collection of singles and unreleased material by the two bands. It has five cuts from the three 45s, plus a bunch of demos, instrumentals and alternate versions. Pick of the litter is "99th Floor/What are You Going To Do." The A-side is one of those fantastic organ-driven mid 60s garage rockers that adds just enough psychedelia to bridge the ever-widening gap between the two genres. The second 45 "(Need Me/Every Night A New Surprise) is pretty good, but a cut or two below the first single. What's missing? There simply isn't the same driving rhythm and bounce to either song. The third single is one for which we have only one cut and it's a decidedly different take on "I Want to Hold Your Hand." In fact, you get three versions of the song, all in the vein of the first LP by Vanilla Fudge with a greatly slowed tempo, lack of adolescent emotion and lots of guitar and drum fills.

The second CD is `Flash,' and is the only LP released by either of the bands. Maybe it's because I'm getting old or maybe it's a phase I'm going through, but to my mind, Flash is a bit of a chaotic mess, suffering from one of the downsides of the psychedelic revolution; namely allowing hubris to overpower good judgment and any sense of commercial viability. Many of the cuts are littered with sound-effects, random bits of conversation and entirely different melodies. It may be the case these were intro/outro goofs, but the overall impression is of a bunch of stoned kids thinking everything they did was a great work of art. Excluding the irrelevant crap, all the songs but one are highly derivative to say the least. It's clear the band was in thrall of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Procol Harum because the music songs sound like product from those two bands. The liner notes say the band was moving in that direction artistically and I have to believe their time opening for the Experience probably accelerated the trend. The problem I have is that the copying of styles seems to dominate the songs' content. And, as previously mentioned, the inclusion (maybe penetration is a better word) of so much non-essential stuff soured me to the content.

There is one exception, however. There is a magnificent Chicago blues song named "Joe Blues" that is the most clear indication of what the band could have/might have/should have been. Now, for anyone who says "Hey! It's just as derivative as the other material!" let me respond with "The song is performed as a pure blues piece with no extraneous detail.

The review probably makes it clear I wasn't all that impressed with the bands. If it wasn't for Gibbons being in them, this would be simply the review of another so-so 60s band. As I think about it, that's what it is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe reissue of infamous 1960s Texas psych-blues 16 Nov 2012
By hyperbolium - Published on
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he Moving Sidewalks first came to wide attention outside of Texas with the inclusion of their incendiary 1967 single "99th Floor" on the second volume of the garage rock anthology, Pebbles. Tantalized by a liner note reference to "Bill" Gibbons and ZZ Top, fans tracked down the group's album, Flash, and found - no doubt disappointingly to some - that the bulk of the band's oeuvre favored heavy psychedelic blues-rock, rather than the organ, guitar and harmonica punk of "99th Floor." Though part of the Texas scene, the Sidewalks leaned more to the electric blues of Jimi Hendrix (to which "Pluto - Sept 31st" clearly tips its cap) and Savoy Brown, than to the punk rock or Mouse and the Traps or the psychedelia of the 13th Floor Elevators.

The album's been reissued before [1 2], including a few of the bonus tracks heard on this set's second disc. What sets this reissue apart, aside from the crisp audio (mono on 1, 3 and 5 of Flash) and the involvement of Billy Gibbons, are non-LP singles, demos and alternate takes that provide the bridge from "99th Floor" to Flash. The three singles include "99th Floor" (also heard twice more in earlier form by the Moving Sidewalks' predecessor, The Coachmen) and its B-side "What Are You Going To Do." The band continued to flirt with garage even as it turned more heavily to the blues with the guitar-and-organ instrumental "Headin' Out," and their single for Wand (the bluesy "Need Me") features the punkier "Every Night a New Surprise" on the flip. Their last single, a cover of the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," is either magnificent or Spinal Tapian, depending on your perspective.

The earlier tracks from the Coachmen (featuring future Moving Sidewalks Gibbons, drummer Dan Mitchell and organist Kelly Parker) include two earlier takes of "99th Floor" and three (including one instrumental backing) of the otherwise unrecorded "Stay Away." The strummed guitar of the early "99th Floor" take gives it a hint of folk-revival, though the harmonica solo still has the sting of the garage. "Stay Away" is a tidy rocker with a surf influence, particularly in Gibbons' tasty guitar breaks. The set's packaging is top-notch, with mini-LP sleeves, disc graphics that reproduce the Tantara and Wand labels, and a thick 52-page booklet that's stuffed with photos ephemera and liner notes. It's all housed in a heavy cardboard box fronted by a period photo, wrapping a colorful bow around a real gift to fans of the Moving Sidewalks and Billy Gibbons. [©2012 Hyperbolium]
5.0 out of 5 stars the Moving Sidewalks 1 Jan 2014
By C. Hartranft Jr. - Published on
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some of the best 60's psychedelic music made--Billy Gibbons and Company--listen to it-you'll really like it-- when music was made by bands without computers--
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