Various Artists

Houston Hallucinations

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A collection of unreleased material from 1966-68 in the psych-garage vein by Houston-based groups. It's primarily of archival value, most of the tracks exhibiting typical musical values of the generation--i.e., fuzzy guitars, strange lyrics, plenty of energy--but not a great deal of songwriting talent. Euphoria's "In Time" is a lost psychedelic gem of sorts with its unusual fusion of psychedelic and folk-rock styles and nagging hooks; Ninth Street Bridge have the novel (although not very successful) idea of adding lyrics to the Stones' classic instrumental "2120 South Michigan Avenue."

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