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This review is from: Rockabilly Psychosis and the Garage Disease (Audio CD)
The first seven tracks on this CD re-issue of a 1980's vinyl Big Beat compilation are the reason you should buy this disk. The remaining tracks focus on Big Beat signings and do not represent the best the label had to offer at the time of original release. It's likely Big Beat were hoping to shift a few extra records by The Meteors off the back of this compilation, which was actually bought by those seeking out otherwise difficult to find 1960's oddball rockabilly, surf, pyche and punk 45's. Tracks on offer by The Sting Rays, Guana Bats and Meteors seem asthmatic when set against the whacked out electric invention of The Sonics, The Trashmen and Hasil Adkins. Among the remaining nine tracks on this compilation, those by Jimmy Dickinson, The Milkshakes and The Gun club offer good examples of 1980's garage rock and psyche. The Gun Club's Jack on Fire deserves a special mention. It's a pity The Gun Club came and went largely unnoticed. Many bands and performers never find the audience they deserve - which is why compilations such as this exist, unearthing lost gold and reminding us that Peter Griffin isn't the only one who goes fruit loop over maddeningly catchy yet obscure 1960's garage. A mixed bag then. Get your copy while you still can.