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Dance with Me: The Autumn Teen Sound

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Dance with Me: The Autumn Teen Sound Review

by Bruce Eder

Thirty songs (16 previously unissued) drawn from the archives of Autumn Records, the San Francisco-based label founded by deejays Tom Donahue and Bobby Mitchell, with a young producer named Sylvester (aka "Sly") Stewart mostly running the musical end. The biggest act ever on Autumn was the Beau Brummels, who ended up on Warner Bros. when the label was sold in 1966, but there were lots of other good (and even a few better) groups on the label -- the Mojos, represented here by the title track and a nicely snarling version of the Stones' "Off the Hook," and a bunch of others, among them the Tikis (later much more famous as Harpers Bizarre), the Chosen Few, the Us, the Bundles, the Gear One, and the Knight Riders. The sounds here are, obviously, quintessential mid-1960s, with some good garage band representation, including "Little One" (in a stripped-down alternate take) by the Spearmints, the moody "Anything" and the soaring "I Still Love You" by the Vejtables, and the Knight Riders' "Won't You Be My Baby" (very Outsiders-like, and unissued until 1994), but there's also surf music (the Upsetters' "Draggin' the Main") and protest songs (the Mojo Men's "As I Get Older," written by Sylvester Stewart). The Knight Riders' "I" is a wonderfully sneering piece of garage rock which somehow failed to get released until 1968, two years after the label folded. The sound is killer -- there seem to be original tapes on everything here, and it was all recorded good and loud. Alec Paleo's notes are pretty cool too.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Mojo Men 02:46 Amazon
2 The Mojo Men 01:49 Amazon
3 The Mojo Men 02:44 Amazon
Upsetters 02:21 Amazon
The Spearmints 03:07 Amazon
6 The Vejtables 01:59 Amazon
7 The Vejtables 02:24 Amazon
The Knight Riders 02:26 Amazon
The Knight Riders 03:23 Amazon
The Knight Riders 02:30 Amazon
The Knight Riders 02:10 Amazon
Gear One 02:28 Amazon
13 Gear One 02:20 Amazon
The Chosen Few 02:06 Amazon
The Chosen Few 02:28 Amazon
The Tikis 02:07 Amazon
The Tikis 02:00 Amazon
The Tikis 02:17 Amazon
The Tikis 02:13 Amazon
Airmen of Note 02:35 Amazon
Airmen of Note 03:11 Amazon
The Bundles 02:14 Amazon
The Bundles 02:14 Amazon
The Mojo Men 02:16 Amazon
25 The Mojo Men 03:54 Amazon
26 The Mojo Men 02:31 Amazon
The Mojo Men 02:19 Amazon
28 The Mojo Men 03:14 Amazon
29 The Au Go-Go's 02:31 Amazon
30 The Vejtables 02:28 Amazon
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