For Seeds' fans this is worth checking out. It has the band's singles (A's and B's)--in mono--plus four stereo sides before the band broke up, on MGM. Plus there's some non-album tracks that give added weight to this collection which are always nice to hear. We're not talking about great musical breakthroughs here--it's The Seeds--but under Amazon's rating system (3 "stars" means "It's Okay"/4 "stars" means "I Like It") I had to go with a 4 "star" rating. But not everything here rates this high, so be aware.
The sound is great--if you like mono--the singles sounding like they did when this music came blasting out of kid's home-stereos way back then. This is the first time the correct original mono 45 RPM singles mixes and edits have been used, and it's telling. From "Can't Seem To Make You Mine" with it's nasty-boy vocals, to "Daisy Mae" which is a cross between rockabilly and r'n'r, to "Pushin' Too Hard"" which is prime Seeds, to the "Pushin' Too Hard" soundalike "A Thousand Shadows", to the weird "Six Dreams", to "The Wind Blows Your Hair" a hit record that never was, to The Stones' sounding "Satisfy You", this is one great collection of singles. The booklet is very nicely done, with an informative essay on the band and the music which is a continuation of The Seeds' story from the recent Big Beat album reissues. Included are period photos and other ephemera that helps give this music a sense of it's place in time.
The Seeds were (perhaps) at their best on these concentrated slabs of garage rock. And this was before that term was in widespread use. The Seeds were up against bands like The Who, The Kinks, The Stones, and other great British bands along with many great U.S. bands of the era, so they never really measured up to those high standards. But The Seeds had that certain sound that--on their singles especially--brought their lyrics (albeit nothing too deep) and their sound into a sharp focus. And that's what this collection of singles is all about.
If you own the recently reissued albums (also from Big Beat) you need this collection of singles to round out a complete picture of The Seeds. Seeds' fans re-choice!