Various Artists

Texas Punk 1966, Vol. 7

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One side of this LP belongs to the Briks; another to the Chaparrals. Both were Dallas groups of the mid-'60s that weren't even stars locally, and it could be legitimately questioned whether their output was interesting enough to warrant preservation on an archival reissue. The Chaparrals were an entirely typical group of their time, playing in the style of the Stones, or the commercial pop-rock of the Five Americans, without adding anything notable of themselves; all seven of their tracks were previously unreleased. The Briks did manage to get a single in the local Top 20 (the folk-rock-flavored "Can You See Me," included here), but they're just about as anonymous. The most interesting song on the album, oddly, is the Briks' cover of Cream's "NSU," which invests that heavy rock classic with a certain light innocence.

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