Melts in Your Brain Not On Your Wrist: The Complete Recordings! 1965-1967 CD
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In the roll-call of 1960s garage rock heroes, few bands have as powerful and instantaneous name recognition as the Chocolate Watchband. This legendary combo from San Jose, California has come to be known as the definitive psychedelic punk outfit, a notoriety derived from the handful of rare singles and LPs that they made, balanced between the Watchbands own intense Anglophilic blueswailing, and the mysterioso studio trickery supplied by their producer, Ed Cobb. The last word on this schizophrenic discography has now come with Big Beats new 2CD Watchband anthology, MELTS IN YOUR BRAIN, NOT ON YOUR WRIST.
Unlike all previous reissues, this powerful set gathers together every note recorded and released under the name Chocolate Watchband during the 1960s.
DISC ONE is devoted solely to material performed by the classic mod 60s line-up of the band featuring charismatic lead singer Dave Aguilar, on such acknowledged punk classics as Sweet Young Thing, Misty Lane and Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love In). It features an exciting bonus in the form of new vocals Aguilar has recently added to three original tracks, including the Watchbands best-known cut Lets Talk About Girls, thereby reclaiming the song upon which producer Cobb had originally substituted the voice of a session singer.
DISC TWO presents the alternate Chocolate Watchband, with two 1965 demos by the groups original incarnation, the complete post-Aguilar album "One Step Beyond", and the full complement of overdubbed and pseudonymous recordings released on the bands earlier albums "No Way Out" and "The Inner Mystique". Furthermore, extensive research into the vaults has revealed the source of this material, and thrown a couple of alternate versions that are also included.
"Melts In Your Brain, Not On Your Wrist" also features the most exhaustive liner note research ever afforded a reissue package on the Watchband, with the participation of all surviving members of every line-up, as well as comments from producer Cobb and manager Ray Harris. Additionally, the group have opened their personal files and the result is a stunning array of photos and memorabilia , most of which have not been used before. The release of this CD is a major event for all 60s garage fans.
Top Customer Reviews
There are some excellent songs such as the iconic "Let's Talk About Girls" , which is what drew me to this album via the excellent Nuggets album that is subtitled "Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era" check that out too. This album has loads of brilliant covers such as Dylan's "Baby Blue" and the Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" which is wonderfully deliveredand stands up to the original very well, none of the covers is a pale immitation.
Although this is a band that was obviously manipulated, and had sessions musicians imposed on recording dates, there is still enough snarl and rough edges in the delivery of many of the songs to make them something much better than the average compliation of a forgetten 60's group with a cult following.
The packaging and liner notes are wonderful and it is worth having for the cover and title alone.
Essential for anyone interested in 60's pop.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Chocolate Watchband CD was not for me but for my brother. I know he likes it very much, many thanks.Published on 9 Mar. 2014 by Rockmaf