Various Artists

Highs in the Mid Sixties, Vols. 1-23

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A spin-off of the Pebbles series, Highs in the Mid Sixties assembles yet more rare garage rock recordings, the difference being that each volume focuses upon a city or region such as Los Angeles, Texas, or Michigan. This does provide a public service of sorts by assembling and reissuing hordes of rare singles that would be impossible for any one individual to acquire on his or her own. It must be pointed out, though, that Pebbles itself plundered a lot of the prime garage material, and the quality on these supplementary volumes is very patchy. This shouldn't come as that much of a surprise when they include entire LPs devoted to mid-'60s garage rock recordings from Colorado, two volumes to Wisconsin, or several volumes to L.A.; there just wasn't an infinite supply of great regional bands to go around, and much of the material is annoyingly generic if taken at once, starting to melt into one big sneer and fuzz riff. As is usually the case in these series, the earlier volumes tend to be better.