The Litter

Rare Tracks

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The discographical complications surrounding this release are enough to bring on a migraine. The most important thing to know is that, although this album is billed to the Litter, and there are pictures of the band on the cover, most of the "rare tracks" were recorded by (and originally credited to) other bands. The skimpy sleeve notes imply that these are singles from 1966 to 1969, recorded by the Litter themselves, although some were released under different names. In fact, most of these did appear on 45s by several obscure groups -- the Electras, White Lightning, and Zoser -- and were written and/or produced by Warren Kendrick, who wrote and produced much of the Litter's early material. But these were, despite rumors that have circulated to the contrary, not the Litter releasing records under assumed names. To make matters even more confusing, this LP does contain a few genuine Litter tracks. Only obsessives with access to phone book-sized garage band discographies can properly sort out the mess, and in any case it's not really worth it, since the music isn't so good. The four tracks by the Electras, especially "Dirty Old Man" and "You Love," are hot garage rock, but they are easily available on Arf Arf's Scotty Story compilation. The rest is wildly erratic, whether it's the Litter (a horribly anguished dirge cover of "My Little Red Book"), the downer hard rock of White Lightning, or the anonymous pop-rock of "To Keep You," by whomever the group was that did that number.

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