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5.0 out of 5 stars Very 'Psycho Sonic' indeed...
As a big fan of 60's garage rockers such as the Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, The Standells, etc, I was very impressed with this, The Sonics first album. The sound is very, very raw, and the musicianship sometimes borders on the downright crude, but the intent and attitude is all what makes this an enjoyable listening experience, not to mention the Little Richard on crack...
Published on 20 Feb. 2002

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2.0 out of 5 stars You can keep them
No complaints. I took a chance on this album after seeing it listed in a book as being the earliest essential punk album. I don't know whether The Sonics were the first band to sound like this, but there sure were a lot of bands in the USA in the mid 1960s firing out this sort of stuff. What you get here is an album of which half consists of sub-standard covers of...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very 'Psycho Sonic' indeed..., 20 Feb. 2002
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This review is from: Here Are the Sonics!! (Audio CD)
As a big fan of 60's garage rockers such as the Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, The Standells, etc, I was very impressed with this, The Sonics first album. The sound is very, very raw, and the musicianship sometimes borders on the downright crude, but the intent and attitude is all what makes this an enjoyable listening experience, not to mention the Little Richard on crack vocals!!
It's true what they say, this is probably one of the first proto-punk albums, although it does owe a lot to the likes of The Kinks and Them, only it takes their blueprint of amped-up white boy R n' B to it's logical extreme.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw power!, 3 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Here Are the Sonics!! (Audio CD)
This stuff is very raw, who ever was the sound engineer did a very good job of capturing an intensity you only normally find at live gigs.
Buzz-saw guitars and a tight rhythm section back Roslie and his pre-Iggy screams and yelps. He sings so loud that it becomes destorted, but he still keeps the melody.
This stuff preceeded the 70's punk explosion and ws being made the same time as the Rolling Stones. But unlike the stones these guys stay close to their influences throughout most of their career, which aint necessarily bad in this case.
recommend this album to anybody who likes r'n'b and garage rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark American Album, 13 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Here Are the Sonics!! (Audio CD)
If you ever wanted to know what a ton of dynamite would sound like if you lit the fuse and gave it some microphones, guitars, drums and a saxophone, then listen no further. Here it is ladies and gentlemen, 100% unfiltered TNT, all the way from Tacoma, in America's northwest, Here Are The Sonics.

Here Are The Sonics is the debut from the brilliant Sonics, released on The Norton Record Label in 1965, the album was a commercial flop proving once and for all that the mass record buying public then, like today, are a pretty foolish bunch. But hopefully you have your head screwed on and will no doubt love this album after one listen or even half a listen.

Other then the health risks, what really is there not to like about this album?

Highlights on the album are many and involve either a riff sent from the bowels of the earth, a series of beats crashing down from Mount Olympus or a scream that can kill Santa Claus and ultimately probably did, most likely though it is a combination of all three of these factors in the same song. Psycho, The Witch, Strychnine, Keep A Knockin', Boss Hoss, Have Love Will Travel, Dirty Robber, it is all happening with this album, seriously these songs are some of the finest to come out of America, let alone the 1960's, and The Sonics have been genius enough to have created all these great songs in time for their debut album.

Here Are The Sonics in short is one of the ultimate Sixties Garage albums, containing pure grit, as live as it is raw and containing filthy raunch that would make a nun faint, a landmark American album, one of the great debuts, and very much under appreciated by the mass consumer, that's about it really.....just buy it, buy it now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very quick delivery, 21 May 2013
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This review is from: Here Are the Sonics!!! [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Ive wanted the vinyl ever since i could remember but now i have it i can rock out all night. Very good condition lp. very happy.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You can keep them, 8 Oct. 2011
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No complaints. I took a chance on this album after seeing it listed in a book as being the earliest essential punk album. I don't know whether The Sonics were the first band to sound like this, but there sure were a lot of bands in the USA in the mid 1960s firing out this sort of stuff. What you get here is an album of which half consists of sub-standard covers of established hits plus a bunch of mediocre originals. They may have interesting titles, such as 'The Witch' and 'Strychnine', but you need more than that to make a good record.

It's hard for even a half-decent bar band to screw up a Chuck Berry song, but The Sonics manage it with the worst version I've heard of 'Roll Over Beethoven'. Somehow, they just don't nail it. 'Walkin' The Dog', meanwhile, makes me yearn for the Stones's earlier version and Dr Feelgood's live take.

As for the band's style, it's all frenetic drums, tinny guitars and a rasping singer who delights in bloodcurdling screams. The sound quality isn't too clever, but if it were, The Sonics still wouldn't sound very good.
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