Various Artists

Northwest Killers, Vol. 1: Stomp (1960-1964)

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Norton's three-volume Northwest Killers series presents unissued tracks from the vaults of the Seattle studio Northwest Recorders, home to the Sonics, the Wailers, and the Kingsmen. Producer Keany Barton was responsible for the dynamic, blaring "in the red" sound of those bands. This first volume presents less well-known acts such as the Frantics, the Artesians, and the Imperials, all veterans of the Pacific Northwest's vibrant teen dance scene. As such, these bands went into Barton's studio with mainstays of their live shows: organ- and sax-driven instrumentals, R&B dance numbers, James Brown covers, and the requisite local anthem, "Louie Louie." Those looking for that classic Seattle garage rock sound will find it on the Artesians' "Trick Bag"; it has the raw vocals, pounding drums, and distorted guitar and organ Barton is famous for.

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