The Beatniks

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The Beatniks released just three singles in the mid- to late-'60s, and all eight tracks from those (one of them was a four-track "maxi-single") are on this 10" LP reissue. It's only serviceable period rock, all but two of the tracks being covers of overseas numbers by Jimi Hendrix, the Kinks, Them, the Shadows, the Turtles, and Burt Bacharach-Hal David (whose "This Empty Place" is the best-executed of the lot), sometimes sung in accented English, sometimes in their native Portuguese. Of the two less familiar items, the beat ballad "Era um Rapaz Que Como Eu Amaya Os Beatles e Os Rolling Stones" isn't nearly as remarkable as its title, while the other ("Alligator Hat") is gritty, fuzzy soul-rock with a powerful studly vocal (and weird breaks for bird-call-like a cappella chanting) that certainly counts as their best recorded effort. It's a marginal acquisition for lovers of '60s rock from non-English speaking lands, but it's a well-packaged one, and includes an insert with a brief history of the band.