The Crimson Shadows

Out of Our Minds

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This mixture of released and unreleased material includes both of the Crimson Shadows' singles, at least some of the songs from their EP (the liner notes do not make it clear whether everything from the EP is here), a couple of tracks from various-artists compilations, and more. Even as '60s garage revival, it's no better than average, the singing sometimes crossing the line to over-the-top snottiness that's more childish than threatening (especially on the higher vocals). The reference points, shared by so many likeminded bands, are here: the Music Machine, the Standells, the Chocolate Watch Band, the Haunted, ? & the Mysterians, the Seeds, innumerable minor-league Nuggets and Pebbles groups, and early Pink Floyd at the most psychedelic moments. They wrote all of their own material, and all of it was derivative. There are some odd spoken bits between the tracks that sound like soundbites from a Swedish porn film, and at least that's something you don't hear on many garage revival records.

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