Various Artists

Dallas Psychedelic Gold from the '60s

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Not "gold" as in hit records, but "gold" as in hidden treasure. This LP devotes a side each to the Penthouse 5 and the Exotics, neither of whom were known outside of Texas (and the liner notes offer no further information about the group's histories). As Texas '60s garage music goes, it's far from either the best or worst of the genre, and has more of a pop slant than much of the style. The record does get points for offering original material from both acts, rather than shopworn covers. It's sort of a baker's dozen of influences, quoting Stones raunch, Beatlesque harmonies, and psychedelic lyrics without arriving at a distinct identity; the Exotics get the edge for their better original compositions. It's not a must-have by any means, but if you've got a craving for Texas psych-punk, it'll get the job done, and thus may be worth tracking down.