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Staircase to Nowhere: Rubble, Vol. 12

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One of the less distinguished efforts in the Rubble series. One would have thought that British psychedelia, being an inherently more flexible and imaginative genre than American garage rock, would not be as prey to the watered-down overkill quality of the later volumes of the Pebbles series. But that's exactly what happened. A lot of this stuff is simply uninteresting, or even annoyingly cloying. And the best cuts--Tintern Abbey's sublime "Beeside," and Denny Laine's "Catherine's Wheel"--had already been reissued elsewhere.