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Everyone would agree that the Sonics reached their peak on their 1964-65 recordings for Etiquette. This 29-track compilation has everything they recorded for the label, extended not just to everything from their singles and two albums, but also with an alternate take of "The Witch" and live recordings of "Psycho" and "The Witch." Consequently, it's the best Sonics release on the market, though you should be warned: it's not wall-to-wall greatness. After the first half-dozen or so songs, you might well be ready to buy into their legend as one of the great (and certainly rawest) '60s garage bands, as those tracks include their toughest elementary riff-fueled pounders: "The Witch," "Psycho," "Boss Hoss," "He's Waitin'," and "Strychnine." But too much of the rest is filled out with covers of '50s and '60s rock and R&B standards, and the relentlessly frantic bang-it-out frat punk and throat-tearing vocals get blurry after a while, though at least they threw in a little-covered tune with their version of Adam Faith's "It's Alright." [The 2003 CD edition of this anthology, incidentally, is substantially different from Big Beat's first release of the material, though it has identical tracks and the same title. It's taken from first-generation tapes, and also has a 20-page booklet of liner notes with extensive quotes from several band members (including lead singer Gerry Roslie) and others involved in the group's career.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2000
Label: Big Beat Uk
UPC: 0029667411523
catalogNumber: 115
Rank: 31848

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonics   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Kent Morrill   Composer,Producer
Kearney Barton   Engineer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Shirley Goodman   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
H. Smith   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Rusty Keefer   Composer
Peter Blecha   Liner Notes
John Greek   Composer
Buck Ormsby   Producer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Catherine Cafra   Composer
B.W. Haley   Composer
J. Vincent   Composer
Bill Wiley   Engineer
Chris Andrews   Composer

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