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Dirty Water: The History of Eastern Iowa Rock Vol. 2

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The title looks like an absurd in-joke that takes the specialized nature of '60s garage compilations to its most ludicrous extremes. This is, however, a genuine collection of local '60s rock from Eastern Iowa, a region not known as a fertile spawning ground for influential groups. You'd be wrong to expect this modest labor of love to prove otherwise. However, it's surprisingly decent fare as these things go. With more of a pop bent than most anthologies of this type, it makes a refreshing change from all those garage compilations that stress inept three-chord workouts. The XL's' "Summer Love in the Sand" is an infectiously goofy midwestern take on the California beach sound; Direction of Mind play nicely haunting psychedelic pop; Rox sound like a fusion of the Raspberries and the Beach Boys.