Saturday, December 19, 2020

The Definitive Garage Beat '66


Sundazed Music is an American independent record label based in Coxsackie, New York. It specializes in obscure and rare recordings from the 1950s to the 1970s. In 2000, Sundazed had a staff of 15 and two mixing studios, including a vintage audio equipment collection.


Label founders Bob Irwin and his wife Mary started the label in 1989. Irwin's skill at restoring old vinyl records for the (then new) CD format, attracted the attention of major labels, who increasingly solicited him to help them re-issue material from their back catalogs. He helped Sony Music release their archival Legacy Records label. Later, his restoration work included early material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Nancy Sinatra, and the Byrds. Irwin also worked at Arista for a time.

The first Sundazed releases were 1960s recordings by the Knickerbockers and the Five Americans, and reflected Irwin's personal preference for garage rock and surf music. Later releases included the albums of the Turtles, the Challengers, Liverpool Five, and Jan and Dean's long-lost album Save for a Rainy Day. The company reissued the complete catalog of LPs by New Orleans funk pioneers the Meters on vinyl and CD. The label later ventured into country music, including extensive reissues of Capitol Records albums by Buck Owens and other acts including Jimmy Bryant. Sundazed also issued vintage jazz guitar albums through their Euphoria label. 

For years, the Garage Beat ‘66 series spanned the U.S. and Canada, with each volume meticulously assembled from the original source tapes and with full participation of many of the artists. 

That means this stuff has never sounded so wonderful! 

Sundazed's Garage Beat '66 series of mid-'60s garage rock takes much the same approach as hundreds, if not thousands, of such compilations that have been issued since the late '70s. Each volume has an assortment of tracks from all over North America, many of them rare, none of them national hits, and most of the acts known only within their region, if at all. The emphasis is on raw, fuzzy outrage, often inspired by (but not as polished as) the more R&B-aligned end of the British Invasion.


Garage Beat ‘66 pushes its way onto the digital scene with a legion of rail-thin kids wielding obnoxiously loud guitars! The original army of teenage garage bands, the ones who made life worth living in the ‘60s and the heroic subjects of Sundazed’s long running series, has made their presence known. It’s the most far-reaching, legit, vintage garage-rock series ever, and we’ve culled from the piles of tape boxes a brief 49 track introduction to GB ‘66’s bruisingly upbeat screamers, longhaired R&B lunacy, and an unhealthy dose of some of the darkest, most disturbingly intense records from the summer of hate.

Various: The definitive Garage Beat '66

Label: Sundazed Records

Founded: 1989

Founder: Bob Irwin, Mary Irwin

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Garage rock, surf music, psychedelic rock

Country of origin: U.S.

Location: Coxsackie, New York

Official website:


01. The Mad Hatters - I'll Come Running 02:22

02. The Galaxies IV - Piccadilly Circus 02:40

03. The Druids Of Stonehenge - Bald Headed Woman 04:17

04. The Torquays - Stolen Moments 02:05

05. The Counts IV - Discussion Of The Unorthodox Council 02:33

06. The Sparkles - Hipsville 29 B.C. (I Need Help) 02:11

07. The Answer - I'll Be In 02:32

08. The Groupies - Down In The Bottom 02:33

09. The Barons - Surprise, Surprise 02:17

10. The Druids Of Stonehenge - Who Do You Love 02:16

11. The Great Scots - I Ain't No Miracle Worker 02:44

12. Nobody's Children - Good Times 02:49

13. The Brogues - Don't Shoot Me Down 02:20

14. The Preachers - Who Do You Love 02:26

15. Southwest F.O.B. - Smell Of Incense 02:42

16. Words Of Luv - I'd Have To Be Outta My Mind 02:49

17. The E-Types - She Moves Me 02:16

18. Butch Engle & The Styx - Going Home 02:06

19. The Others - I'm In Need 02:11

20. The Galaxies IV - Don't Lose Your Mind 03:02

21. The Answer - Why You Smile 02:34

22. Rear Exit - Miles Beyond 01:56

23. Moss & The Rocks - There She Goes 02:54

24. Neal Ford & The Fanatics - Shame On You 02:13

25. The Preachers - Stay Out Of My World 02:33

26. The Rahgoos - Do The Rahgoo 02:11

27. Neighb'rhood Childr'n - Feeling Zero 03:05

28. The Sparkles - No Friend Of Mine 02:24

29. The Brogues - But Now I Find 02:16

30. Things To Come - Sweetgina 03:00

31. The Menn - Things To Come 02:07

32. The Barbarians - Hey Little Bird 02:21

33. More-Tishans - (I've Got) Nowhere To Run 02:09

34. The Concepts - Faces Come, Feelings Go 02:5

35. The Go-Betweens - Have You For My Own 02:29

36. The Five Americans - I'm Feeling O.K. 02:19

37. Spiders - Don't Blow Your Mind 02:53

38. The Third Bardo - Lose Your Mind 02:14

39. We The People - In The Past 02:35

40. The Vejtables - Feel The Music 02:54

41. Things To Come - Speak Of The Devil 02:40

42. Neal Ford & The Fanatics - Good Men (Are Hard To Find) 02:56

43. Roy Junior - Victim Of Circumstances 02:23

44. The Daybreak's - Psychedelic Siren 02:22

45. Jokers Wild - All I See Is You 02:38

46. The Vejtables - Shadows 03:12

47. The Torquays - Harmonica Man (From London Town) 02:17

48. Free For All - Show Me The Way 02:25

49. Road Runners - Goodbye 02:34 


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