Various Artists

Psychedelic Unknowns, Vol. 4

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An erratic but generally worthwhile garage-psych comp, highlighted by the Unrelated Segments' storming "Story of My Life," and We the People's "You Burn Me Up and Down," and the Boss Five's movingly raw folk-rock anti-war protest "Please Mr. President." Most unusual is the City Jungle's wonderfully weird "The Beautiful Daze," where meltdown fuzz-raga guitar lines alternate with harmony bridges straight from the Turtles and Mamas & the Papas. On the other hand, the Humane Society's "Knock Knock" exemplifies garage punk at its most infantile, although that subgenre has its own devotees. This was a limited edition of 300, meaning that you may have a hard time finding a copy, but as long as such items continue to command high prices in record swaps and Goldmine ads, we'll continue to review 'em.

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