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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hendrix-influenced Tex-psych, 28 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Flash + 5 Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)
Nowadays the Moving Sidewalks are more famous for the ZZ Top connection, and I got this expecting something interesting but not great. I was wrong! This is fantastic psychedelic rock that stands on its own regardless of the fact that Billy Gibbons plays on it. There's something about these songs, and Billy's guitar tone, that is strongly reminiscent of Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced?', and Billy even sings those words in one of the songs, Flashback I think. While Billy's playing improved a lot from these days, he's capable of a lot more than the average psych guitarist of that time, and it's not surprising that Hendrix admired or even jammed with the band when they supported him at some of his Texas shows. The bonus tracks are mostly worthwhile too, although the sound quality is inferior to the album itself. I can't imagine all ZZ Top fans liking this album, unless they like a lot of early 70s rock too. As for myself, I prefer this album to anythng ZZ Top did, but that's because I'm a sucker for this kind of psych, it was only produced for a few years but resulted in some unforgettable music. Put this on your 'must-have' list if you're a fan of quality psychedelic rock, or on your 'could have' list if you're a Top fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I go along with Jimi Hendrix!!!, 12 April 2001
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Apparently Jimi considered Moving Sidewalks guitarist Billy Gibbons to be one of the best guitarists he'd ever heard and I have to agree. This album has some excellent psychedelic effects and excellent guitar playing. Stand out tracks would include You Make Me Shake and Flashback. There are also some decent extra bonus tracks too including 99th Floor and Need Me. The guitar playing is reminiscent of Hendrix sometimes but not quite as heavy and less feedback. All in all this isn't half bad and is definitely worth checking out if you like 60's rock - by the way two of the band went on to form ZZ TOP!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST album of 1968? Quite possibly!! Some 100% Gems!!!!!, 23 Aug. 2007
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If you enjoy real psychedelia, no question about it - buy this CD!! Two of the most trippy tracks of the 60's appear on this album (& thats saying something!!!), but they are to be found inbetween tracks that don't give away much of a hint of their presence. The 2 tracks in question are 'Eclipse', and 'Reclipse'... they are replete with vocal weirdness, trippy sounds starting & stopping, changes galore, clocks speeding up, echos, sounds kind of disappearing into a vortex, then re-emerging etc etc - if you love true psychedelia, like me, then buy this for those 2 tracks alone!!!! "At the sound of the beat, turn the page" comes a voice, then... how many beats? Whirling echoing sounds, a machine type sound, overlayed vocals that seem to come dircetly from a dream. The rest (NOT in the same league as those 2 tracks, but not pretending to be) is also VERY VERY good, with vocals & musical feel resembling Hendrix, great drumming & guitar work etc. My other favourites are Pluto-Sept. 31st, No Good To Cry, and Joe Blues - all awesome tracks. Joe Blues is one of the best blues songs I've ever heard, with a strong hint of acid drenched, high-pitched guitar. No Good To Cry can put you in a kind of lysergic trance, covered with a blanket of warm blues vocal lament (so beautiful, you could shed a tear - if you like... a bit like Twink's 'Tiptoe On The Highest Hill' track from his Think Pink album, for comparison) and acid guitar work - sublime! Pluto-Sept. 31st starts off with its Hendrix type vocals (though somehow less 'rough'?) then dips into occasional moments of guitar trip, back again, slight feedback, mumbling, whispered voices, echoing pianos, vocal effects, backwards instruments... wow... a real trip! Kind of reminds me a little of Hendrix's '1983 A Merman' track with a bit of 'And The Gods Made Love' (from the same Electric Ladyland album) thrown in for good measure. Of the bonus tracks, you might like the version of 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'... for my money, better than other versions, as it is more heavily treated to effects, making it mildly lysergic.
The rest is just plain good, and well worth a listen, even without the tracks mentioned (just my personal faves)... BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!
You may also enjoy tripping to Twink (Think Pink / Broken record), Cyrus Faryar (Zodiac / Cosmic Sounds), Syd Barrett (Barrett), Bill Holt (Dreamies), Timothy Leary (Turn On Tune In Drop Out etc.), Pebbles 3 The Acid Gallery... etc. (all available from Amazon), Beatles (Revolver, Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Peppers)... etc. etc. If you know of anything resembling these, then please review here & let me know!!! For a more up to date sound why not check in to the KLF's 'Chill Out' or the Beta Bands 'Three E.P.s'
Anyway, BUY this & enjoy your life a whole lot more!
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