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This is a strange item to review! Some people will be well aware of the Pebbles series of compilation albums which started out in the late seventies and others may have stumbled upon this item by accident or by following a link from a similar product.
This collection isn't a lot of things! Firstly it ISN'T Pebbles, and the comprehensive notes explain exactly why it isn't Pebbles. It's a close relative of Pebbles - a first cousin rather than a brother though. It also isn't the 2004 ubik box set - it is the 2007 Hit Records box set. It is almost identical to the earlier release and very similar to the much earlier vinyl set of the same name. It isn't Pebbles volumes 1 to 5, although many of the tracks are from the Pebbles series. The compiler's notes explain how the tracks were chosen and why many favourites were left out (mainly better versions now on other compilations). It isn't a bootleg, although the tracks are taken directly from old vinyl singles without "official" sanction from the bands or the labels, so it falls into a rather grey area of legality. It is also not the exact product most other reviews refer to - check the release date of this set against the review dates.
So just what is it you may well ask! Well, it's a good value, well produced box set of late sixties, rather obscure, American Garage Psych, and is based on the Pebbles Series. It could be seen as an American companion to the British Rubble collection. It has been carefully remastered, according to the notes, using parts of an old radio studio! Whether or not it's the same masters as the 2004 version I have no idea. The sound quality is very variable as the tracks are dubbed directly from vinyl, and the remastering is to the compiler's personal taste. I have some of these tracks on old vinyl Pebbles albums and they sound quite different to these. As sound quality is a very subjective thing I'll just say that this CD set sounds mainly ok to me.
I have given it five stars because it is good value and is nicely produced with the discs in mini album sleeves, an informative booklet (difficult to read multi colour pages - you'll need a magnifying glass!) and a poster. A labour of love. I've said beware, however, because it may not be to everyone's taste.
This is an interesting subject to delve deeper into and fortunately this is now quite easy to do. Someone has done their homework and Wikipedia now contains some useful information. This set (or the ubik release of it) has it's own page (Trash Box) and is a good place to start, there are also links to the Pebbles Series and lots more about the artists and labels.
It's no Nuggets, but then it doesn't try to be, if you've got Rubble you'll love this - Surf fans may be disappointed, however, as Pebbles volume four is completely overlooked!