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Presenting "Highs In the Mid-60's" (part 1)

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I think we can consider this something of a "companion piece" to the already posted "Psychedelic
States" series that were posted recently, these cover a lot of the same regions but with VERY little musical overlap between them.......there are 23 (!) volumes involved here, I happen to have only 22, so calling any Friends of the Blog, I am missing the most recent release, Part 23, "Texas Part 5".....if anyone has that one, please contact me or just post it in the comment section, if not, we'll have to get by on just FOUR discs of Texas stuff!

The first three discs (featured todayfocus on Los Angeles, without checking, I am going to assume there will be SOME overlap with some of the material on the Nuggets "Where the Action Is" set, but I'm thinking there is enough stuff unique to these sets to make them worthwhile.....even a fairly well-known and frequently comped band is, in general, NOT represented by their best known stuff on this set, opting for more off the wall selections, making for a fine set for fans of the genre.

The first volume, "LA '65 TEENAGE REBELLION", contains a good example of this with the
Standells, who are represeented not by the often comped "Dirty Water" or "Try It" or "Good Guys", but with the much lesser known "Someday You'll Cry"......The Spats, likewise are represented by a fairly obscure number as well, and the rest of what we have here is fairly obscure acts to begin with, Sean & the Brandywins, Gypsy Trips, Starfires......as with "Psychedelic States", I'd wager that some Californians regard some of these unknowns as legendary acts that could burn down a bar/club on a good night.....as I've said before I LOVE stories like those, so please share if you should have any.

Volume 2 is "LA '66 RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP" and the BEST known track here is "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" by the WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band, fairly regularly comped but still good, and the rest, well.....more coulda-been "legends", The Roosters, Opus, Grim Reapers, Tangents (the obligatory "Hey Joe", has there ever been an all "Hey Joe" album like the 3 disc "Gloria" comp I put up a while back, I wonder? The "Hey Joe" one would be falling down hilarious I would guess.

Volume 3 is entitled "MONDO HOLLYWOOD A GO GO", features an interview with Kim Fowley, and stuff from Giant Sunflower, Somebody's Children, Fantastic Zoo, and Hamilton Streetcar......

I'm gonna put up this whole set because I LOVE the regional sounds of the 1960's, but the wonder persists, IS THIS STUFF WEARING A LITTLE THIN FOR YOU GUYS? Time for a mega-Clash post, or some Roxy Music, or even some kick ass stoner rock ala Dozer or something? You guys make the call.......this stuff still seems pretty popular based on download numbers, so I guess SOME of you guys like this stuff, and as I've said, if you want more, I have barely dented the surface.

VOLUME 1-THE AVENGERS-Be a Cav Man/02 THE COLONY-All I Want/03 SEAN & THE
BRANDYWINES-She Ain't No Good/04 THE EPICS-Louie Comes Home/05 LIMEY & THE YANKS-Guarenteed Love/06 THE STANDELLS-Someday You'll Cry/07 THE SPATS-Tell Ya All About It Baby/08 GRAINS OF SAND-That's When Happiness Begins/09 GYSPY TRIPS-Aint It Hard/10 THE RUMORS-Hold Me Now/11 WARDEN & HIS FUGITIVES-The World Aint Changed/12 THE ROAD RUNNERS-Goodbye/13 THE 4 MAKING DO-The Simple Life/14 THE ANSWER-I'll Be In/15 THE STARFRES-Linda/16 THE LYRICS-They Can't Hurt Me

VOLUME 2-01 TERRY RANDALL-SOS/02 SANDALS-Tell Us Dylan/03 CHYMES-He's Not There Anymore/04 BEES-Trip to New Orleans/05 ROOSTERS-One of These Days/06 TANGENTS-Hey Joe/07 WC FIELDS MEMORIAL ELECTRIC STRING BAND-I'm Not Your Stepping Stone/08 SATANS-Lines and Squares/09 DIRTY SHAMES-I DOn't Care/10 NO-NA-ME's-Gotta Hold On/11 OPUS-Back Seat '38 Dodge/12 SECOND HELPING-Let Me In/13 GRIM REAPERS-Two Souls/14 NITE WALKERS-High Class

VOLUME 3-01 GIANT SUNFLOWER-February Sunshine/02 LIMEY & THE YANKS-Out of SIght Out of Mind/03 SEARCH-Climate/04 RESEARCH 1-6-12-I Don't Walk There Anymore/05 LYRICS-Wake Up To my Voice/06 KIM FOWLEY-The Canyon People (interview)/07 FLOWER CHILDREN-Mini Skirt BLues/08 SOMEBODY'S CHILDREN-I'm GOing Back to New York/09 HUNGER-Colors/10 FANTASTIC ZOO-Light Show/11 TIME OF YIFE-Ode to a bad Dream/12 HUMAN EXPRESSION-Every Night/13 HAMILTON STREETCAR-Invisble People/14 GRAINS OF SAND-Golden Apples of the Sun/15 PAINTED FACES-I Think I'm GOing Mad/16 LOVE EXCHANGE-Swallow the Sun (Dark On You Now)

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