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Ottawa Rocks: The Sir John A. Years

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As a '60s garage-rock afficionado, I'm prepared to stack Ottawa's 1966-68 teen-beat scene against the best stuff that regularly gets compiled on such American-focused series as Nuggets and Pebbles. The Sir John A. label was the scene's original indie home, and the long overdue Ottawa Rocks - The Sir John A. Years makes available for the first time all the songs that previously existed only as impossibly rare singles. Twenty-six adrenalin-firing slices of fuzzy pop, worth it for six brilliant inclusions by Don Norman & the Other Four alone (among them, the unsurpassed "Low Man"). With plenty more must-have selections from the Five D, Thee Deuces, the Eyes of Dawn, the Eastern Passage, the Heart, and Those Naughty Boys.

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