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Disc: 1
1. Who Do You Love - Preachers
2. Going Away Baby - Grains Of Sand
3. You Treat Me Bad - Ju Jus
4. 1-2-5 - Haunted
5. Beaver Patrol - Wild Knights
6. So What! - Lyrics
7. Green Fuz - Green Fuz
8. Suzy Creamcheese - Teddy & Patches
9. Faces - T.C. Atlantic
10. Swami - William Penn V
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Someday - Motifs
2. Brainwashed - Shays
3. Sinnerisme - Sinners
4. Hang Around - Missing Lynx
5. Can't You Stop It Now - Mixed Emotions
6. Heart So Cold - Thunderbolts
7. What A Life - Strangers
8. You Gotta Run - Roosters
9. Hey Mama - Peter & Wolves
10. Only Everything - Peter & Wolves
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Don't think twice about picking this one up! 6 Jun. 2004
By Casey Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It goes without saying, with a collection title like ESSENTIAL PEBBLES, each song should be a winner. Disc 1 collects the creme de la creme of the first 10 CD volumes of the PEBBLES garage/punk series, and not one of these songs is bad! From The Preachers' "Who Do You Love" to Teddy and Patches' "Suzy Creamcheese" to The Trolls' "Every Day and Every Night" to The Uncalled For's "Do Like Me" to Keith Kessler's "Don't Crowd Me", all 29 tracks are a superb primer for the newcomer to the garage scene and will have you scrambling to get every volume of the PEBBLES collection (buyer beware: not all of them are this great). The last three songs, The Mile Ends' "Bottle Up and Go", Bohemian Vendetta's "Enough", and "Don't Crowd Me", are from the EAR PIERCING PUNK CD, an offshoot volume of the PEBBLES run.
Disc 2 is where the collection starts to wane. Containing 26 rare 45's and acetates from around the U.S., including some groups whose names are unknown (!), this is the real reason that even those who have every PEBBLES CD will be in heaven with this set. Not every song on this disc is a classic; as a matter of fact, you might say some of them deserve to be left in the dusty vaults they came from. But the highlights include: The Motifs' "Someday", The Shays' "Brainwashed" (which is bleeped for profanity!), The Sinners' French-language "Sinnerisme", The Mixed Emotions' "Can't You Stop It Now", The Thunderbolts' "Heart So Cold", Peter and the Wolves' "Hey Mama" and "Only Everything" (a cover of Them's "I Can Only Give You Everything"), The Shades' "Down the Road Apiece", The Dynamic Nutones' "Sick and Tired", The Hustlers' "The Sky is Black", The Thorns' "I'm in Love", and an unknown group's "Fed Up". Unfortunately a lot of the songs tend to sound identical to one another, but the fact that they probably weren't heard outside of their particular region makes them a real treat to finally be able to experience!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Great Music But Poor Sound Quality (on Many Tracks) 24 Sept. 2000
By Amanda's Attic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you purchased the Rhino box set, "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era", and liked what you heard, you will want to make this CD your next purchase. Unlike the Rhino box, which included both top 40 successes and obscure cuts, this CD is filled with songs you've probably never heard before. But don't let that stop you from buying it. As this CD well demonstrates, not every great record was a commercial success. And only one of the 55 cuts on this CD is a duplicate of the ones on the Rhino box. All are from roughly the same year: 1966, probably the last year that the 45 single was still king in the record business before the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper changed everything to album-oriented rock. But crank this CD up, step back almost 35 years, and enjoy Keith Kessler's "Don't Crowd Me", The Grains of Sand's "Going Away Baby", The Roosters' "You Gotta Run", and the other great songs you'll find here. The only down side is that the sound quality of some of the cuts (especially on the second CD, which has the rarer tracks) is grim. Many are not from the original tapes but from 45s that may have seen more use as frisbees.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
time warp 6 July 2005
By Duane O'D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What a surprise to discover that a song I recorded when I was 15 years old, in 1965, is selling on a compilation in 2005!!! I played the farfisa organ on "Searching" by the "Omens". We recorded this in a cramped, second floor apartment in Hammond, Indiana on a reel to reel tape. It was a wild time, playing teen clubs and sock hops, and paying WLTH DJ Ron Borden every $ we made to play the record on his radio show. This collection captures the vibrant energy of the 60's and showcases the raw talent that was rampant at the time.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great sixties would be hit singles 1 April 2001
By Thomas E. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Every track on this double cd set is an honest attempt at creating music. Most are obvious attempts at creating a hit single. There is no filler here. I think only one group has two tracks, all the rest are done by different groups. This all sounds like the best off the top of their heads, spontaneous, give it their best at creating a hit single. This is where most groups should stop. If you liked ? and the Mysterians , The Beau Brummels, The Syndicate of sound, Count Five, fuzzy guitars, cheezy organs, and guitars that actually sounded like guitars and real songs with tunes then, this is for you. Sure, some of the sound quality is poor as in snap crackle and pop, but nothing is ever perfect. My favorite song is The Sky is Black by the Hustlers. It is a beautiful ballad with an amateurish voice over slowly strummed guitar chords with a cheap organ in the background and drums and base. It has static snaps crackles and pops and sounds like I just can't tune in that Chicago station as I approach Camp Lejuene North Carolina. Sound quality like this is best heard on a boom box where everything sounds the same and you just listen to the music. Also, if you like this cd then check out "The sounds of Young Sacramento".
Enjoy!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
USA Today 3 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was getting my oil changed at the local walmart the other day when I saw a lead article in USA today about how kids are starting to listen to the same music their parents did. Most of the kids quoted complained about a lack of quality with todays rockers. This is true. The problem is that no kids are learning to make it anymore.
The essential pebbles collection has none of this. All of the songs here were made by kids who were emulating everyone else they could see. 1966 was the most prolific musical year in history. And there are no bad songs on disc one. Even disc two is historically interesting. By the way, there are no master tapes to make the cd from. The singles are all that survives now. Some of what is on disc two has only one copy known worldwide. It saddens me to think what likely has been lost over the years.
This is the disc that made me get off my rear end and break out the old bass guitar, at age 42. If you know a kid who listens to Queen or the Rolling Stones, get them this and the nuggets box. We need new blood very badly.
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