Various Artists

Mindrockers, Vol. 3

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There seems to have been no concept behind this grouping of songs, other than to gather a bunch of cool rare '60s American rock singles onto one compilation. Usually that means trouble, but sometimes it works out pretty well, and this is an example of the latter. The Myddle Class' "I Happen to Love You" is a great obscure, moody Goffin-King song; the McCoys' "Don't Worry Mother," with flute and psychedelic lyrics, may have been their best track; the Shades' "Ballot Bachs" is a really cool, trippy instrumental; the Next Five's "He Stole My Love" is eerie psych-pop in the style of the Electric Prunes; the Shags' "Hide Away" is outstanding garage pop with Merseybeat harmonies; and the Balloon Farm's "A Question of Temperature," with its exploding balloon sounds, is one of the best entries into the limited field of bubblegum garage. Some of these cuts rarely if ever appear on other compilations, so it can be worth your while to pick this up if you come across it.

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