Still on my 60s kick, I apologize to any of you with musical tastes so narrow you might not be into it. Every once in a while, I'll completely stop listening to the 70s punk, hardcore, Oi, or whatever else heavy sub-genres of punk I'm usually spinning, and get back into the old stuff. It's like a musical enema and we all need them from time to time.
As mentioned as a comment in the last post, there are dozens of compilations documenting 60s punk, garage, and psych. The world-famous Nuggets is easily the go-to for people getting into the rougher songs of the genres, and while it has some great songs, it includes quite a few misplaced duds, and barely scratches the surface of all the great singles that came out in the 60s. The 60s were a decade dominated by singles as opposed to LPs, both in the mainstream and the underground (and some damn good music charted on the Top 40 during those 10 years), and indies were starting to flex their muscle in regional scenes, exposing hundreds of raunchy and/or progressive teenage bands from all over the US to the world in the form of small-press 45s.
This comp. doesn't flaunt most of the snotty rockers that you can find on the Back From the Grave comps., and it's not as psychedelic as the Nuggets material. It's definitely harder than anything you would have heard on the radio at the time, but a lot of these bands were looking to make great music, not just feedback, and quite a few hit the nail right on the head. I can't think of a bad song on the CD.
Highlights are Chicago's Dalek/Engam: The Blackstones (yes, that's the name of ONE band) playing an ultra-pissed version of "The Bag I'm In", the Diplomats from Delaware playing a downtrodden, and aptly named, "I'm Sad" with a great melody, and the best track comes from a Pennsylvania band called Thee Avantees with "I Want to Understand", which is probably one of my favorite songs of all time (and there is NO information on them except the state they were from, ANY OTHER INFO OR SONGS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? THERE HAS TO HAVE BEEN A B SIDE TO THAT SINGLE, I WANT TO HEAR IT!!!!).
This CD has been out of print for a while (and was probably never "officially licensed" in the first place). There are at least four volumes in this series, but I sure as hell can't tell you where to find any of them.
Download Quagmire Vol. 1