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Psychotic Reaction

Count Five Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000WXJKI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Double-Decker Bus
2. Pretty Big Mouth
3. The World
4. My Generation
5. She's Fine
6. Psychotic Reaction
7. Peace of Mind
8. They're Gonna Get You
9. The Morning After
10. Can't Get Your Loving
11. Out in the Streets
12. You Must Believe Me (Bonus Track)
13. Teeny Booper Teeny Bopper (Bonus Track)
14. Merry-Go-Round (Bonus Track)
15. Contrast (Bonus Track)
16. Declaraion Of Independance (Bonus Track)
17. Revelation In Slow Motion (Bonus Track)
18. Mailman (Bonus Track)
19. Move It Up (Bonus Track)
20. So Much (Bonus Track)
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Freakishly Decent Listen 29 Sep 2009
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Formed in San Jose in 1965 and only lasting a mere two years, Count Five were just another chapter of the splurge that was the west coast Garage explosion of the mid sixties. Easily dismissible as a one hit wonder, many collectors and experts would argue that bands like The Seeds, The Standells and The Chocolate Watchband left much more of a lasting memory than Count Five ever did. But I reckon this band might be worth another look.

In 1966, Count Five released their one and only LP, named after their big hit. It's probably easier and lets be honest, fitting, to begin therefore with that inspiring song which has made Count Five famous throughout the ages. The title track of Psychotic Reaction is a thing of beauty, a pure garage classic which is one of the few songs from the garage era that I think could be played to the uninitiated and instantly convert them, it has everything, an unstoppable rhythm and beat, a hypnotic guitar and one of the most brilliant pieces of harmonica play ever conceived, an English R&B standard with a bit of American grit, marvellous.

Now at this point, many observers would stop there, but I reckon a band that created a song as glorious as Psychotic Reaction, might have a few more aces up their sleeve. And indeed the album does have its moments; there is the sleazy Pretty Big Mouth, a song which does the job. More garage pleasantries follow with The World and Out In The Street. The best song outside the big hit though is They're Gonna Get You, which includes some well placed high pitched singing. But Count Five were no Sonics, away from these highlights they do struggle to make that leap to the next level, but that in some ways is part of their charm.
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Garage rock in this form was the start of what would later be called hard rock and it's later formats. But in 1966 this was hard garage band stuff and was very similiar to the yardbirds of the period. It's got the snotty attitude of punk in a way even. but true hard rock was around yet, but the classic song 'psychotic reaction' is pure rave up jam , the type that would infjuence two genres punk and hard rock. The other songs are pretty good too, songs like 'pretty big mouth' and scuh are good enough to be on a yardbirds cd. ANd that's saying alot. This is great stuff and although this band was only around for a little while they made a killer record in 1966 terms. ANd even today the music sounds fun to rockin to typical midsixties more aggressive music. A little bit of the who , yardbirds and other bands influence and such. It's good stuff if you love the midsixites rock scene. ALthough the title track is so smokin that it's almost protometal , the rest isn't but it's good.
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