Various Artists

Ear-Piercing Punk

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The cover illustration of a class of '77-type punk led some to mistakenly assume this was a modern punk compilation. Actually, it was one of the first '60s garage music anthologies, and remains one of the better ones, despite the lack of liner notes. None of the artists are well known, even by collectors, with the marginal exception of the Mystic Tide and Canada's Ugly Ducklings. But Mile Ends' "Bottle Up and Go," and Dean Carter's "Rebel Woman," and especially Keith Kessler's stunning "Don't Crowd Me" are some of the most vicious, compelling '60s garage tunes ever to come storming down the pike. It's worth searching for if you're a garagehead.

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