Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Standells - Live and out of Sight (1964)

Larry Tamblyn (keyboards, vocals)
Tony Valentino (lead guitar)
Gary Lane (bass)
Gary Leeds (drums)

This is an early concert performance (apparently in 1964) by the Standells; the band later reinvented itself under the direction of songwriter and producer Ed Cobb as proto-punk heroes with songs like their #11 1966 hit "Dirty Water". While the band is proficient enough in their performances, there is little on this album to suggest that the band would head in this direction; the songs are mostly established rock and roll standards even at that time: "Ooh Poo Pah Doo", "Bony Maronie", "Money", "So Fine", etc. The album opens with "Louie Louie"; unlike the 1963 hit version by the Kingsmen, all of the lyrics are clearly audible and are faithful to Richard Berry's original song. Side 2 opens with two Larry Tamblyn originals that fit right into the playlist, "Shake" and "Peppermint Beatle", with the latter being a purported dance craze (a combination of the Peppermint Twist and the Beatles I suppose). Though of mostly historical interest now, the album provides an innocent and nostalgic trip back to a long-gone era.

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