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The Monks' moment of Gloria,
This review is from: Black Monk Time (W/Book) (Dlx) (Audio CD)
Five ex G.I.s create their brand of garage rock in Germany -- where they were stationed -- in the mid 1960s. The 'Black Monk Time' album takes the Them hit 'Gloria' template to deliver an even less refined and more manic version over twelve tracks. The formula went down great in german clubs at the time and probably inspired the trancey rock you can find in some of Can oeuvres. Added singles show that The Monks tried to branch out musically, even if keeping within the strict 1960s rock constraints and if they kept with their trademark quirky lyrics. Ignored at the time in the U.S. and U.K. (where things, as we all know, er happen), The Monks became a cult band among alternative rock stars. This reissue adds a valuable pebble or nugget to the now well documented 1960s garage rock but is not what you might term a "hiddem gem" or a masterpiece... unless you are a crate digger, a rock historian or Mark E. Smith.