Various Artists

Nightmares from the Underworld, Vol. 2

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In the overcrowded field of '60s garage reissues, a compilation exclusively devoted to Canadian bands sticks out as something of a novelty. But the Canadian garage sound was virtually identical to the U.S. one; it just emanated from a more northerly direction. So this 20-track anthology sounds like just another American garage comp, albeit a rather below average one. The Quid's "Crazy Things" is a good take on the Pretty Things' approach, and the Berries' "Night Winds" distinguishes itself with some flute trills (quite uncommon to find in garage records). Otherwise there's little to detain you, unless you're one of the thousand or so collectors who's determined to own every damned last garage compilation that's ever come out.

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