Various Artists

Crystalize Your Mind

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Big Beat's Nuggets of the Golden State series is a disappointing collection of unreleased, vaguely psychedelic '60s garage rock from the San Francisco area, much of it (the entirety of this CD) from the archives of the Golden State Recorders studio. This volume is the least impressive of the lot, combining unreleased material with rare singles on the MTA, Tower, and Uptown labels. There are occasional good moments -- the fruity psych-pop of the Love Exchange, the primitive psychedelia of the Vejtables -- but they're drowned by the generic material of no-names like the Living Children, the Poor Souls, the Rear Exit, and the Transatlantic Train. The psychedelic influences that make themselves heard are clumsy and grating, and judged as garage rock, it's considerably below average.

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