The Masters Apprentices

Jam It Up! (Rarities 1965-1973)

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A rarities collection of a decent group, spanning 1965-1973, sounds reasonably enticing (if quite limited in appeal). What's more, six of these tracks were previously unreleased; four others had only been available on B-sides. It's not very noteworthy stuff, though, even within the context of the group's career. Three of the songs are raw, bluesy 1965 demos; the later unreleased tracks are nothing special; the B-sides are marginal items; the assorted album tracks aren't as good as the ones selected for the Hands of Time collection. In other words, no undiscovered gems here, just second-tier items from a band that were often rather second-tier themselves.