Sixties Rebellion, Vol. 9: The Nightclub

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Sixties Rebellion, Vol. 9: The Nightclub Review

by Richie Unterberger

This installment of one of the longer-running '60s garage compilation series is routine, but an amiably good listen, if that's an appropriate way to describe music that tries so hard to be adolescently rebellious. The subtitle, "The Nightclub," seems nothing more than an excuse to put some cartoons of topless women on the cover, as it's a pretty typical spread of various aspects of the mid-'60s American garage rock sound. About the best track is Dennis & the Times' "Flight Patterns," which is a pretty good approximation of the Byrds' early psychedelic 1966 sound, particularly in the chiming 12-string guitars and jagged "Eight Miles High"-type instrumental break. The 1963 acetate by Deep Soul Cole is, according to the scant liner notes, a 15-year-old Fred Cole (future Lollipop Shoppe lead singer), with Larry Williams handling guitar and production and the Blossoms on backup vocals. It's an interesting relic of Cole's early career on a song called "Poverty Shack" that can't seem to make up its mind whether to be a cop of "Tobacco Road" or "Money Honey." No one else with name recognition appears on the comp (as far as listeners know, since "Poverty Shack" is the only track described in the meager liner notes), which has a bit of a greater R&B/frat soul bias than the usual garage anthology. Better-than-average cuts include the Accents' cover of Lonnie Mack's "Why" and the Emblems' "We're Gonna Love," which has a really enthusiastic, lusty, soul-tinged lead vocal.

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