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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Positively Recommended, 9 Oct 2011
P. Whitehead (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Ultimate Turn on (Audio CD)
The Music Machine (c1966-67) are best-remembered for the sub-two minute garage punk explosion of their first single, "Talk Talk," a true classic. But Music Machine were no one trick ponies, as you will soon find listening to these recordings. Indeed, to call Music Machine a garage band at all is perhaps to do them an immense disservice...

Structurally and lyrically, the songs are complex, and not a million miles away from Love, with odd changes of tempo, and complex chord structures for the era. (In fact the vocalist Sean Bonniwell doesn't sound entirely unlike Arthur Lee either). The musicianship is also way above average, and characterised by an intricate interplay of guitar and vox organ.

This album collects all the Music Machine recordings for Original Sound (their first label), comprising their first album (Turn On) in mono and stereo form, plus non-album singles and demos and further recordings made for an abortive second album for Original Sound. (Many of these latter recordings show up on the album Beyond the Garage.) There are some interesting covers - a punchy version of the Beatles' Taxman, a cut of 96 Tears which gives the original a run for its money, and a moody slow rendition of Hey Joe. But the band's own compositions are way stronger. Besides the aforementioned Talk Talk, I'd particularly flag up the sinuous organ-led Come on In, and the more rocky numbers Absolutely Positively, The People in Me, The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly, The Trap, Bottom of the Soul.... I could go on...

Fans of Love, The Doors, Clear Light, etc. will find much to enjoy here.

Finally, a note on the packaging. Top marks to Big Beat. The CDs are accompanied by a lovely booklet, telling the Music Machine story in great detail.

If I could give this release 6 stars, I would!
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