Super rare and great long gone New England 60s garage compilation
"What we have here is a neat little 1996 overview of New England based bands whose efforts were handled by two local labels, Strafford and Right, during the greatest period of rock and roll.
Sounding like a bodacious blend of the Big Three and the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Tidal Waves nail pumping rhythms to monster pop hooks on “Laugh” and “You Name It,” while the sassy frat boy strut of “So I Guess” features a cool and sexy six-string solo.
Then there’s the Outside In’s “You Ain’t Gonna Bring Me Down To My Knees,” which surpasses the Animals at their own game. Combative vocals growling with intent crash headlong into militant riffs, screaming choruses, jittery breaks and creaking keyboards, resulting in a bona fide garage punk classic. The Outside In additionally check in with “Sometimes I Don’t Like Myself,” a smooth and classy soul ballad.
Stuffed with stabbing horns, “Operation Blue Light” by Skid Mark and the Victims jiggles and jives to a funky feel, and the heavily orchestrated “When Mother Nature Was A Girl” from the Falcons yields progressive rock frequencies.
Echoes of the Buckinghams and the American Breed can be heard on the big band pop arrangements of “You Make Me Shake The Blues” by the 90th Congress. A multifaceted group, they further toyed with psychedelic experimentation, as revealed on “The Sun Also Rises,” which contains flickerings of shivery raga rock runs complemented by summer breeze harmonies." ~Beverly Paterson (c)