The Wilde Knights

Beaver Patrol

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Only three of the 13 songs on this compilation were actually released under the Wilde Knights name (including "Beaver Patrol" and the original "Just like Me," which is tamer than the famous Paul Revere version). Side one was recorded by earlier versions of the band under the Furys and Pipers IV monikers; this is fairly tough Northwest frat rock, sometimes instrumental, with a prominent organ and R&B influence. Side two, after the Wilde Knights cuts, is filled out with a couple of pop/rock tunes by Genesis, and a bad hard rock thing by King Biscuit Entertainers. Certainly this is more of a document of a typical ensemble of the times than anything exciting or significant. But garage collectors will find some decent things here, although the two standout items ("Beaver Patrol" and "Just like Me") have been available on garage compilations. Includes extensive history by garage scholar Greg Shaw.