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i'm new to the board and to garage rock. there are a huge ass amount of garage rock compilations, after the two nuggets boxes where should I go? i know the trash box collects pebbles, what other compilations are in your top ten?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:22 (fourteen years ago) link

girls in the garage vol III
gonerfest II
any of the first 3 or 4 back from the grave comps.

chicago kevin, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Teenage Shutdown series

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Of which I particularly recommend you get The World Ain't Round It's Square first, it's a fucking monster. After that Jump, Jive & Harmonize, She'll Hurt You In The End, I'm Down Today, She's A Pest and Teen Jangler Blowout are pretty damn good too. The rest vary from OK to good.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:30 (fourteen years ago) link

She's A Pest

i remember running out to an atm at 3:30 in the morning because i was on a late night record store spree. afterparty in record store = me in poor house.

chicago kevin, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:32 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't care about the Nuggets boxes; still listen to them on vinyl, though I've never been cool enough to own the original LP (favorite volumes from the 1984-1985 Rhino versions are Vols. # 1, 2, 6 and 12.) Rhino's Frat Rock LP from 1987 may well be the greatest single album in the history of the world. Wish I still own my Back From the Grave LPs; favorites when I did were #s 1, 2 and 4.

Best CD comp (one disc) I own is the 26-song Uptight Tonight: The Ultimate '60s Garage Collection, on Ace-distibuted Big Beat UK, from 2005.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Wish I still own my Back From the Grave LPs; favorites when I did were #s 1, 2 and 4.

number one is my favorite, with alarm clocks, one way streets, etc.

chicago kevin, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:41 (fourteen years ago) link

"i know the trash box collects pebbles"

it collects, like, the first five pebbles LPs, but there is different stuff on the box too. you would have to be a freaky pebblesologist to sort it all out. i usually just buy random pebbles comps on disc or vinyl when i see them used.

so, if you are new to garage rock, just dig in! don't worry so much about the best comps. just buy whatever you can afford. i don't think there are very many or ANY 60's garage comps that i would tell you NOT to buy if you saw them somewhere. there is usually something to love on even the dodgiest boot out there. but, yeah, teenage shutdown, back from the grave, the earlier girls in the garage comps (later i think they get into lounge/ye ye territory which is still cool but you know...), the list really is endless.

and, hey, if you got lots of money and like brit psych + garage, the rubble boxes are back in print and they are worth all the tea in china.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 22:51 (fourteen years ago) link

my fave comp in recent days was the *Ikon Records Story* 2-disc set. treasure trove of completely forgotten/rare/never heard teen sacramento beat/garage/spy beat/surf/frat stuff. on Frantic Records. don't know how hard it is to find now. there was a vinyl version too with less stuff on it. tons of stuff on it that was basically just demos that high school bands made to give away at shows. the whole story of the Ikon studio is fascinating as well.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 23:14 (fourteen years ago) link

get "acid dreams testament"
what a fucking classic compilation of 60's garage-psych (which is the best garage style if u ask me)

includes the still jaw dropping:
23. Stereo Shoestrings - "On the Road South" (2:18)

the best dylan ripoff:
10. Mouse & the Traps - "Maid of Sugar" (2:42

the original "i'm a living sickness", and many other classic delights

Zeno, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 23:30 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah the ikon comp is pretty good xposts

also the following non-commercial comps are as good if not better as any properly released comp i've ever heard:
g45 unwaxed
music for abnormal people
pass the caviar

electricsound, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 23:31 (fourteen years ago) link

see, now that comp looks like something that someone made on their computer in an hour, but, like i said, it doesn't really matter! there is lots of good stuff on it (and heavily comped stuff) and that's what matters.


scott seward, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 23:34 (fourteen years ago) link

big hits of mid-america soma records one is pretty ace.

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 23:35 (fourteen years ago) link

also i'd say, get only the compilation of the bands that issued only singles, which was more often in the 60's. (like nuggets, i think?!), and get the full albums of the one's who cut a full one.
now, digging the outstanding out of the standard stuff HERE, is a much more difficult task, but recommendations for that on another thread i guess

Zeno, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 23:40 (fourteen years ago) link

thanks for the recom's guys. i am trying to cut through all the choices and go for things that seems to have almost all great tracks on them, i know there's worthwhile stuff on everything though.

zeno thanks for that site, the ratings might be useful.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 June 2008 00:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Back From The Grave is pretty much essential - very few clunkers, if any. For full on Freakbeat, Chocolate Soup For Diabetics and Perfumed Garden are hard to beat, 2 & 1 respectively being faves, though if you've got the second Nuggets box it skims most of the gems from these.

Soukesian, Thursday, 5 June 2008 17:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks is extremely essential also, although there's some overlap between it and Nuggets II.

Of the label comps, "Oh Yeah! The Dunwich Records Story" is the one to get first.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 5 June 2008 19:13 (fourteen years ago) link

the fenton story also comes highly recommended

electricsound, Thursday, 5 June 2008 23:10 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

My first thread! Ah, memories...

Forthcoming compilation of Swedish garage rock from the 80s, looks interesting - thoughts?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 22 May 2010 02:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Prime Mover by the Leather Nun being on it is a bit o_O. LOVE LOVE LOVE the song but I wouldn't call it garage by any stretch of the imagination.

BLOODY BOLLOCKS HELL! (aldo), Saturday, 22 May 2010 08:22 (thirteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

"Nuggets II" is really, really satisfying today.

I just acquired the original 3 Nuggets CDs and the 12 volume LP set, gonna pull off all the unique tracks not in the boxes and see how they all sound together.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 15 January 2011 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

Ear Piercing Punk!

Gay for Johnny Moped (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 16 January 2011 05:56 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

asked on the buggets thread, but better here i think

"have been meaning to ask for good psych compilation recommendations. i have the plain old nuggets and Hallucinations and the three disk cheap purple thing 'This is Psychedelia' on metro. extra points for cheap and easily available."

koogs, Thursday, 27 April 2023 11:21 (one month ago) link

> "buggets".

i'm sorry, i have a cold...

koogs, Thursday, 27 April 2023 11:22 (one month ago) link

cherry red seems like the place


koogs, Thursday, 27 April 2023 11:29 (one month ago) link

Grapefruit seem to be specialising in doing compilations of great stuff from the era. & slightly later. I think I see this flowing into the early 70s hard rock scene which may have been a lot of teh same players a couple of years down the oine. So thinking a bit more in terms of continuum and finding purism a little out of place. Think the whole process of creating garage is anti purist almost inherently. Does seem to be players putting energy over technique to great degree and removing some degree of the reference points that the original UK blues purists etc were still incorporating.
Not sure how much of a distorted image one gets from seeing the 60s garage scene through the lens of teh 80s revival. Think everything was in a continual state of flux and one is getting a level of feedback to what teens were hearing from their influences. Which would probably be a bit different a couple of months further on from when recordings were done.

Anyway, do enjoy a bit of garage still. & the fashion has been one influence on me. along with that from various other eras.

Stevo, Thursday, 27 April 2023 13:03 (one month ago) link

I would also look into Freakbeat if its still called taht. Which at the time it was appearing under that name struck me as a UK equivalent of teh US garage rock but both were named years after the fact. I think it has been used as a term to incorporate some scenes from mainland Europe too, notably from the Netherlands and Germany. The Dutch scene seemed to pick up heavily on Pretty Things influences in a good way. Not sure if tehy were picking up much on the jazz influences I hear in mid 60s Pretty Things though. Hard hitting wild long haired stuff though.

I also like teh way taht garage like influences turn up in the rockier sides of what appears in the Ethiopiques series and later Zam Rock stuff. The Peace really sound like teh guitarist is chanelling early Jorma Kaukonen.
The early Turkish scene incorporated that mid 60s sound alongside more traditional indigenous stuff. The Turkish Delights set is pretty cool as is the volume from the Love, Peace and Poetry volume.

Japan's mid 60s Group Sounds are a pretty close garage equivalent too, Worth checking out The Mops among others.

Stevo, Thursday, 27 April 2023 14:04 (one month ago) link

(the Mops were recently in the Stray Cat Rock dvds i just watched)


koogs, Thursday, 27 April 2023 14:38 (one month ago) link

I missed RSD this year, but my record store guy (who is a fan of psych and garage) recommended Behind The Dykes 3: Even More Beat, Blues And Psychedelic Nuggets From The Lowlands 1965-1972


He's also a proponent of the Wizzz French Psychorama comps.


peace, man, Thursday, 27 April 2023 15:22 (one month ago) link

if streaming works for you there are lots of comps on Spotify

Every Noise at Once and the related Particle Detector playlists are helpful for checking out sub-sub-genres


Brad C., Thursday, 27 April 2023 17:24 (one month ago) link

a couple of prior recommendations jumped out at me and are available - uptight tonight and the acid dreams testament

i am out of the habit of buying music, need to get back on it

koogs, Thursday, 27 April 2023 19:21 (one month ago) link

here's some regional stuff I've enjoyed over the years:

Monsters of the Midwest (four volumes)
Relative Distance (A Compilation Of New England Garage Bands)
Austin Landing - Vol. 2
Slitherama - Vol. 3 (Japenese)
Pebbles - Vol. 19, The Continent Lashes Back! Pt. 3 Denmark
Highs in the Mid Sixties - Vol. 15: Wisconsin Part 2
Brazil Guitar Fuzz Bananas

budo jeru, Thursday, 27 April 2023 19:34 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

i went with the first grapefruit 1967 box, the year i was born. about 80 tracks, about 5 of which i've heard of, all lined up for tomorrow's walk.

oh, look... what's this on the quietus...

Let’s Go Down And Blow Our Minds: The British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1967
Various Artists
Ned Raggett, October 25th, 2016 09:15

(and if i like this there's a volume two)

koogs, Friday, 19 May 2023 21:02 (one week ago) link

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