The Easybeats

Raven EP LP, Vol. 2

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A compilation of three EPs originally released on the Australian reissue label Raven, hence the strange title. The Easybeats recorded extremely prolifically during their five-year career, and this gathers about a dozen unreleased tracks, a few stray cuts that ended up on fairly rare LPs or EPs, and three (yes, three) Coke jingles. The best of these offerings are six demos from early 1965; all originals, they show the band at their most British Invasion-influenced and have a mawkish, innocent charm, though they're hardly classic. The rest of the material is typical mid- to late-period Easybeats: extremely clever insofar as quirky songwriting and guitar playing, cheerful almost to the point of being grating, and not nearly as lasting or important as their obvious reference points (the Beatles, Kinks, Who, and Small Faces). Also includes a couple unimpressive covers (of "Hound Dog" and the Nashville Teens' "Find My Way Back Home").