* "Now Hear This" is the first of two volumes devoted to 1960s gems licensed from the heavily-guarded vaults of legendary producer-engineer Norman Petty.
* Unlike many other Americans, Petty's prior involvement with Buddy Holly (and that artist's crucial influence on the British Invasion) gave him an unprecedented sympathy with post-Beatle US rock'n'roll. He actively signed bands with chart potential and several groups featured here, such as the Chances, Cinders (featuring a young JD Souther) and Cords, were Petty-sponsored combos. Other acts such as major Canadian act Wes Dakus' Rebels specifically sought the producer out to handle their recording career.
* As busy as it was with these groups and Norman's main charges, the Fireballs, Petty's Clovis, New Mexico studio was open for business to any garage combo. He was consequently behind the board for a rash of top-rated, fuzz and Farfisa-driven 60s punk discs such as Colorado's Trolls and Teardrops, while the Perils from Texas are as far removed from the polite `Sugar Shack' as you could get.
* The well-illustrated, fully-detailed booklet to "Now Hear This" provides much undisclosed information about Norman Petty's operation in the mid-1960s, with the full co-operation of many who were there. Thanks to access to the original master tapes, not only is the sound quality second to none, but over half the collection features unissued material. One not to be missed for the 1960s rock crowd.