The previous three volumes in the Northwest Battle Of The Bands series banner have been widely acclaimed as the best reissues of the stomping mid-1960s teen scene in that far-flung part of the States. Volume Four the latest instalment, is quite possibly the best one yet with another cavalcade of rocking sounds and priceless rarities combining to make a great 60s punk package. Once again Big Beat draw on the voluminous catalogue of Seattles Jerden Records for 30 tracks of top-notch Northwest stomping n shouting. The lead cut alone, I think I Love You by Woody Carr & The Entertainers is a rarely-heard classic of 66-era grunge, and its followed in swift succession by acknowledged killers from the Express, Counts, Ceptors and many others. Familiar faces like the Sonics, Raymarks and Goodtimes make welcome return appearances and there is some blistering punk-psych from the New Yorkers, Brave New World and Emergency Exit. Also, Big Beat continue the series strong reputation by once again loading the programme with no less than a full third of unissued material, inexplicably left in the can but eminently worthy of release. With the usual detailed accompanying notes and bevy of rarely seen pix, NW Battle Volume Four is another winner.
1-I Think I Love YouCARR, Woody & The Entertainers 2-Mr KirbyNEW YORKERS 3-I'm Walkin', BabeTHEE UNUSUALS 4-You Know He DidSTAGS 5-Feelin' No GoodRAYMARKS 6-Hey GirlBumps 7-Would IMERRILEE & THE TURNABOUTS 8-Everybody Needs Somebody To LoveHORNER, Jack & The Plums 9-I Remember The GirlBANDITS 10-The Way I AmMERCY BOYS 11-I Need herCEPTORS 12-Help Yourself BabyBEACHCOMBERS 13-Fire GirlBRAVE NEW WORLD 14-Long GreenEXPRESS 15-Got No LoveROCK-N-SOULS 16-Come NowCOUNTS 17-BatmanROCKY & THE RIDDLERS 18-You Did It BeforeDON & THE GOODTIMES 19-It's Not Too LateLIBERTY PARTY 20-I BelievedRAYMARKS 21-Anyhow, Anyway, AnywhereLIVE FIVE 22-The DraftThumb, Tom & The Casuals 23-Happy SongEMERGENCY EXIT 24-She's GoneNEW YORKERS 25-(I Have Found Another Girl) Another GirlOTHER TWO 26-Forever & A DayDynastys 27-Don't You Love MeHEIRS 28-Stop Telling LiesDON & THE GOODTIMES 29-I'm Going HomeSONICS 30-HighDYNAMICS