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Girls in the Garage Vol. 11

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The 11th installment of this series doesn't so much present traditional, raw, '60s garage music as it does various hues of woman-sung '60s rock. That's not a bad thing; in fact, it probably ensures a certain amount of diversity, and a willingness to stretch into poppier territory than the average '60s garage comp does. Geographically, it sure covers a lot of space, with entries not only from the continental United States, but also Australia, Holland, Puerto Rico, France, Britain, and Quebec. The big shortfall however, lies in the material, which is okay but not outstanding. Too, the best track, the Pussycats' surly Shangri-Las-like "I Want Your Love," has already been anthologized several times, most notably on the Ace CD Where the Girls Are, Vol. 5. No complaints about the variety, though, taking in Australian surf with Little Pattie; moody surf-like backing for Emy Jackson's "Crying in a Storm"; raunchy Spanish-sung dance/rock with Tammy; and an uncharacteristically hard-rocking outing for Peggy March on "Too Long Away." The lead singer of Holland's Jenny & the Rascals sounds spookily like a guy on "Baby You Know It Ain't Right," the rowdiest item offered here. Kim Fowley freaks will also want to hear the Clingers' 1969 cover of the Easybeats' "Gonna Have a Good Time," which he produced for that all-girl Detroit rock band.

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