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4.0 out of 5 stars GS I Love You: Let's Go Spiders! - The Spiders, 12 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Gs I Love You Vol.3: Let's Go Spiders (Audio CD)
01. Furi Furi '66 (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
02. Upside Down (1967, Spiders # 3 LP)
03. Go Go (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
04. Johnny B Goode (1966, Spiders # 2 LP)
05. Teardrops (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
06. Hey Boy (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
07. Mr. Tax (1968, Meiji One Hundred, Spiders Seven LP)
08. Yves (1967, Spiders # 4 LP)
09. Once Again (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
10. Ban Ban (1967, Spiders # 4 LP)
11. Yogiri No London (1967, The Spiders Meets The Savages LP)
12. Kuroyuri No Uta (1968, Meiji One Hundred, Spiders Seven LP)
13. Koi No Doctor (1967, Spiders # 4 LP)
14. Akai Dress No Onna No Ko (1968, Meiji One Hundred, Spiders Seven LP)
15. Robby Robby (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
16. End Of Love (1968, Meiji One Hundred, Spiders Seven LP)
17. Lucky Rain (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
18. Thinking Of You Baby (1966, Spiders # 2)
19. Little Robby (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
20. Kaze Ga Naiteriru (1967, Spiders # 4 LP)
21. Mo Ichido Mo Ichido (soundtrack)
22. S.P.I. (1967, The Spiders Meets The Savages LP)
23. Inside Looking Out (1967, Spiders # 3 LP)
24. Summer Girl (1967, Spiders # 3 LP)
25. No Mo Boy (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
26. Ano Niji Wo Tsukamo (1967, Spiders # 4 LP)
27. Mr. Monkey (1966, Spiders #1 LP)
28. Sad Sunset (1967, Spiders # 4 LP)

Japan's Group Sound scene took it's inspiration from The Beatles and other bands of the UK beat scene. Big Beat's 2 volume set of 'GS I Love You' is a comprehensive overview of the scene, featuring over 50 tracks recorded between 1965-69, with Vol 3 being dedicated to one of the scenes greatest bands 'The Spiders'. They were the only band to have a crack at breaking the international market and even managed an appearance on the British TV show 'Ready Steady Go'.

This comp covers The Spiders career from 1966-68 and concentrates on their own compositions which saw them dabbling in everything from Hendrix inspired fuzz to Beach Boy harmonies. There's no denying that the more up tempo tracks are derivative of the British and U.S. bands, but the Spiders play them with such a frenetic energy that it's hard to believe that rock 'n' roll did not originate in Japan. There are 2 stand out tracks for me: 'Teardrops' and 'Yves', which demonstrate a level of sophistication and originality that placed The Spiders on an equal footing with their western heroes.

The booklet is rich in both information and colour pics.
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