Various Artists

Mindrocker: A U.S. Punk Anthology, Vol. 1

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When it appeared in the early '80s, Mindrockers was one of the more popular series of compilations specializing in obscure '60s rock. Since then its value has diminished considerably, because much of the best material has become available in better sound on domestic reissues. On purely musical grounds, most of the Mindrockers volumes are pretty good musically. The first installment features mostly Californian bands, including tracks by the Seeds, the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, the Other Half (raw Haight-Ashbury acid-rock), the Brogues (two of whom would go on to join Quicksilver Messenger Service), and the Jefferson Handkerchief, whose "I'm Allergic to Flowers" is one of the great psychedelic novelties.

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