This 85-minute bootleg DVD is a kind of '60s garage punk fanatic's dream, and not just because of the quality, which is generally excellent -- it's that the makers have exercised careful judgment about what to include. So it opens with Paul Revere & the Raiders, who were sort of the Beatles of garage punk outfits, and then moves on to the Standells, the Chocolate Watchband, and the Count Five, who ranged a little farther in influences and aspirations. The Standells clip of "Dirty Water" from Memphis Talent Party will be new to some, but even the stuff from Riot on Sunset Strip is worth seeing again. The Watchband's "I Don't Need Your Lovin'" is almost scary, it's so intense as a mimed performance, and makes one wish that a real live tape of the band from that period existed. The Count Five are almost upstaged by the setting and dancers on "Psychotic Reaction" from Where the Action Is, but the Remains get matters back on track with "Diddy Wah Diddy" from Hullabaloo, and the Leaves, as much as they appear, do well by "Dr. Stone" from the movie The Cool Ones. Buffalo Springfield are seen doing "For What It's Worth" live (with time-code in the corner) and the studio version looped in. The Syndicate of Sound mime to "Hey Little Girl" from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, and, from Hollywood A Go-Go, the Bobby Fuller Four mime to "I Fought the Law." The Electric Prunes shake and shimmy their way through a spaced-out shimmering clip of "Get Me to the World on Time" and "I Had Too Much to Dream," and repeat the former on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, this time in full color with live microphones and their instruments plugged in. The 13th Floor Elevators throw themselves into the deep end of the psych-punk pool on Where the Action Is, putting everything they have into "You're Gonna Miss Me," and ? & the Mysterians do the same with "96 Tears" from the same show. The Beau Brummels are represented from Hullabaloo, Village of the Giants, and, in their cartoon stand-ins, the Beau Brummelstones, from The Flintstones. The Strangeloves sing "I Want Candy" from Hullabaloo, and Blues Magoos offer a bracing clip of "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet" from Memphis Talent Party and, in full color, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (their instruments unplugged and voices unmiked on the latter). And the Seeds close out the disc with clips of "Pushin' Too Hard" from Upbeat in black-and-white and Shebang in color, plus their appearance as "The Warts" on The Mothers-in-Law, miming to the same song, and "Two Fingers Pointing" from Psych-Out. The disc opens with a simple menu that's easy to access, and the clips -- with a few exceptions such as The Flintstones -- are generally up to whatever the best level of quality that has survived, which is highly variable but always at least passable and sometimes a good deal better. The only real disappointment is the Leaves' clip from The Cool Ones, because they hardly appear in it.
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