on 15 December 2008
One of two landmark albums released by Tacoma, Washington's very own, The Sonics. In 1966, The Sonics released the follow up to their triumphant yet largely forgotten debut, "Here Are The Sonics"; "Boom" was just as harsh, just as raw and just as electric as that marvellous release from 1965.
"Boom", released on the Norton Record Label was the last great album from this very much-underrated act. Charting nowhere in 1966 and offering very little in mass consumer appeal, the album forced The Sonics to reassess their sound and focus, as a result this left any follow up albums sadly lacking that little extra bite, making Boom even the more important.
"Boom" is classic Sonics, gritty, electric and pure unadulterated filth, which is all you can ask for from a band who made it their business to turn it up and smack you right between the ears with the equivalent of a bag of spanners.
The album starts with "Cinderella", brace yourself folks, this is proper rock n roll and could scorch the brain, be warned that track 7 "He's Waitin'" has similar health damaging qualities.
Moving to track two we have "Don't Be Afraid of The Dark", which starts off (well first 10 seconds) seemingly all nice and gentle, but then again this is Gerry Roslie on lead vocals so don't get too snug. Roslie's vocals are very strong on this album; for example his vocals on "Jenny Jenny", are by no means overshadowed by the Little Richard original. It's a shame that this man's talents weren't more widely recognised at the time.
Another powerful cover from The Sonics can be found on "Boom", "Louie Louie" I think sums The Sonics up perfectly, taking a simple idea and injecting it with napalm and making it unbelievably dirty and explosive. A formula, which started in 1965 and very much continued with this 1966 release.
From start to finish this second album from The Sonics is a real treat, buy buy buy!