Various Artists

Mindrockers, Vol. 2

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Fourteen garage-psych numbers from mid-'60s Chicago, originally issued on the Dunwich and USA labels. Much of this has since appeared on domestic reissues that are easier to locate, but there's no denying that this features some of the best raunchy Chicago rock of the period. The Del-Vetts' "Last Time Around" has great crunchy riffs, effective tempo changes, and airy pop hooks; the same goes for Pride & Joy's "If You're Ready," not all that surprising since it's the Del-Vetts after a name change. The Knaves' "The Girl I Threw Away" is sloppy but attractive folk-rock-punk; the Banshees' "Project Blue" is Chicago garage at its most demented. Nothing else here is in this league, and the Shadows of Knight (with "Someone Like Me") are the only well-known group, but it's a solid encapsulation of the rawer side of mid-'60s Chicago rock.

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