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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Buy Or Die
  • ASIN: B00006464T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Nowadays the Moving Sidewalks are more famous for the ZZ Top connection, and I got this expecting something interesting but not great. I was wrong! This is fantastic psychedelic rock that stands on its own regardless of the fact that Billy Gibbons plays on it. There's something about these songs, and Billy's guitar tone, that is strongly reminiscent of Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced?', and Billy even sings those words in one of the songs, Flashback I think. While Billy's playing improved a lot from these days, he's capable of a lot more than the average psych guitarist of that time, and it's not surprising that Hendrix admired or even jammed with the band when they supported him at some of his Texas shows. The bonus tracks are mostly worthwhile too, although the sound quality is inferior to the album itself. I can't imagine all ZZ Top fans liking this album, unless they like a lot of early 70s rock too. As for myself, I prefer this album to anything ZZ Top have done. Put this on your 'must-have' list if you're a fan of quality psychedelic rock, or on your 'could have' list if you're a Top fan.
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Apparently Jimi considered Moving Sidewalks guitarist Billy Gibbons to be one of the best guitarists he'd ever heard and I have to agree. This album has some excellent psychedelic effects and excellent guitar playing. Stand out tracks would include You Make Me Shake and Flashback. There are also some decent extra bonus tracks too including 99th Floor and Need Me. The guitar playing is reminiscent of Hendrix sometimes but not quite as heavy and less feedback. All in all this isn't half bad and is definitely worth checking out if you like 60's rock - by the way two of the band went on to form ZZ TOP!!!
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If you enjoy real psychedelia, no question about it - buy this CD!! Two of the most trippy tracks of the 60's appear on this album (& thats saying something!!!), but they are to be found inbetween tracks that don't give away much of a hint of their presence. The 2 tracks in question are 'Eclipse', and 'Reclipse'... they are replete with vocal weirdness, trippy sounds starting & stopping, changes galore, clocks speeding up, echos, sounds kind of disappearing into a vortex, then re-emerging etc etc - if you love true psychedelia, like me, then buy this for those 2 tracks alone!!!! "At the sound of the beat, turn the page" comes a voice, then... how many beats? Whirling echoing sounds, a machine type sound, overlayed vocals that seem to come dircetly from a dream. The rest (NOT in the same league as those 2 tracks, but not pretending to be) is also VERY VERY good, with vocals & musical feel resembling Hendrix, great drumming & guitar work etc. My other favourites are Pluto-Sept. 31st, No Good To Cry, and Joe Blues - all awesome tracks. Joe Blues is one of the best blues songs I've ever heard, with a strong hint of acid drenched, high-pitched guitar. No Good To Cry can put you in a kind of lysergic trance, covered with a blanket of warm blues vocal lament (so beautiful, you could shed a tear - if you like... a bit like Twink's 'Tiptoe On The Highest Hill' track from his Think Pink album, for comparison) and acid guitar work - sublime! Pluto-Sept. 31st starts off with its Hendrix type vocals (though somehow less 'rough'?) then dips into occasional moments of guitar trip, back again, slight feedback, mumbling, whispered voices, echoing pianos, vocal effects, backwards instruments... wow... a real trip!Read more ›
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Texas Psychedlia Legends Part 23... 26 Aug. 2003
By Walter Five - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yes, this is the band that Billy Gibbons rose to local fame with, a band that opened and/or played with such legendary acts as The 13th Floor Elevators, The Golden Dawn, Fever Tree, Shiva's Headband, Bubble Puppy, Doug Sahm, and the Winter brothers, just to name a few. They've probably become over-rated by enthusiastic ZZ Top fans, and over-stated by justly proud native Texans lucky enough to have had them play at their local clubs, bars and youth centers back in the day. But the basis of those over-ratings and over-statments was real: they were a fine combo who could cook with the best of the bands previously named.

This LP features a nascent Billy Gibbons in his youth, already with many of the chops and licks he'd bring to ZZ Top a short while later. It's puro homegrown Texas Psychedelic Blues, specifically the genuine South Coast Sound of Galveston, (home of the Bali Room) and that muggy Baghdad on the Bayou, Houston Texas.

Granted, it sounds a little dated--most Psychedelic bands of the 60's and 70's do. Granted, you'll only catch a studio portion of the live act that made them such legends, not unlike the 13th Floor Elevators in that respect--locals who saw them still rave about their shows to this day "you should have been there". But until such a time as some live Sidewalks CDs surface, those of us unfortunate enough as to have missed these cats in their heyday will just have to make do with this.

P.S. (from 2011) Jinx Dawson, the lead singer for the *original* Occult/Rock band, "Coven" informs me that *all* of Akarma's releases are pirates, and that neither the performing artists or the copyright holders have ever seen a penny from their (admittedly small numbered run) CDs. She knows, they pirated all of Coven's releases too, and the band lost thousands in royalties and residuals.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectations 18 May 2004
By Kenneth M. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In 1968, this was Billy Gibbons at his best; which is
fantastic. If you already own the "Chrome Smoke & Barbecue"
box set, which has 3 Moving Sidewalk selections, you may be
hesitant to get this CD...but I'd advise you to get it, because
there are SEVERAL other excellent tracks, especially Flashback,
No Good To Cry, Pluto, I Want To Hold Your Hand (!) 99th Floor, and others. The few tracks where Mr. Gibbons is not the main
performer aren't so hot...but you can simply program them out.
Also, there is no reason to criticize Billy for his out-and-out
Hendrix influences here (at one point he even says, "Are you
experienced?") Listen----Billy Gibbons had every right
in the world to groove off Jimi...after all, there were touring
partners and roommates on the road.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Dec. 2016
By bobbyland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent CD.... Early Billy at his finest... Great Buy !!!!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Magic Pre-ZZTop 13 Mar. 2013
By Somedaze.com Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is classic psychedelic I bet you've never heard. So, what the hell are you waiting for? Punch the magic buttons and buy this sucker, right now!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving Sidewalks - 'Flash' (Akarma) 21 Sept. 2006
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1968, this was the Houston band's sole album. As some of you do know, this was guitarist Billy Gibbon's band before joining up with ZZ Top. All ZZ fans might not even like this CD reissue. Basically, it's very good '60's psychedelia, with a bit of blues here and there. Most happening tracks, I thought were "Flashback", "You Make Me Shake", "Crimson Witch", the ultra-weird freaky "Eclipse" (listen very closely to this cut), their Beatles cover "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Need Me". Line-up: Billy Gibbons - guitar & vocals, Don Summers-bass, Tom Morre - organ, keyboards & piano and Dan Mitchell - drums. Should appeal to fans of Blue Magoos, Electric Prunes, Music Machine and 13th Floor Elevators. Heard they once toured with the Elevators back in the day. A should have. Recommended.
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