Various Artists

Texas Punk 1966, Vol. 9

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Divided into a "punk side" and a "mod side," with the mod side the clear winner. The punk side, with run-of-the-mill garage tracks by a bunch of groups you never heard of, is dispensable. The mod side, however, has a couple of excellent cuts. The Loose Ends' "A Free Soul" is a bit reminiscent of the Kinks' '65-'66 period; the group's leader was a young T-Bone Burnett (the rougher B-side, "He's a Nobody," is also included). The Mods' close harmony treatment of the obscure Lennon-McCartney composition "It's for You" (which the Beatles never released, giving it to Cilla Black) is great, and indeed one of the great unknown Beatles covers ever done by anyone. The other cuts on this side aren't up to that level. The album as a whole isn't so hot, but '60s specialists might want to get a copy on the basis of the Loose Ends and Mods tracks alone.

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