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Let Me Turn You On!

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Some guys just know quality rock & roll, and Geoff Ginsberg is one of them. Ginsberg is a music writer who also runs a cool independent label called Real-O-Mind, but at heart the man is a superfan who loves few things more than hipping people to great music, and the folks at the exemplary U.K. label Easy Action have given Ginsberg the chance to do just that with Let Me Turn You On!, a 20-song collection of rare tracks of all shapes and sizes, united in the fact they all deliver the rock. For Ginsberg, the Holy Trinity is a great tune, great lyrics, and great guitar riffs, and just about everything on Let Me Turn You On! fills that bill, except for the leadoff number, "Big Cat Stomp" by Cheetah Chrome with Sweet Justice, which happens to be an instrumental, but the dueling guitars are eloquent enough to make up for it. The sizable majority of the tracks here are either previously unreleased or new to CD, and if you dig real-deal, full-bodied rock & roll, there's something here you're going to like -- outstanding revved-up country-rock from the Blue Chieftains and Go to Blazes, fine obscurities from Aussie trailblazers the 31st, the Scientists, and Leadfinger, inspired collaborations from Steve Wynn & Eric "Roscoe" Ambel and Mike Wilhelm with Johnny Casino's Easy Action, choice stuff from hard rock legends the Rockets and the Dictators, guitar manna from power pop giants the Windbreakers, and even a dash of prime live Iggy Pop. While Ginsberg put together an excellent Scott Morgan box set for Easy Action, he managed to uncover two more obscurities from the Michigan blue-eyed soul legend for this comp, and hearing Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman rip through "Smith & Wesson Blues" with Morgan's band Powertrane or Morgan belting out "Original Sin" with Chris Masuak & the North 40 is practically worth the purchase price right there. And if Pink Slip Daddy, Grand Theft Auto, or the Friggs are band names that don't mean much to you, once you hear them here you'll want to know more. In his liner notes, Ginsberg said his concept with Let Me Turn You On! was to make an album that flowed like a good mixtape, and that's just what he accomplished -- this is the soundtrack to a great rock & roll party or an outstanding road trip, full of killer tracks and pleasant surprises, and if you still believe in great tunes and great guitars, this disc will turn you on big time.

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