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The Best Of IGL: Garage Rock

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IGL was the state of Iowa's first recording studio and label. Based out of Milford, the studio/label started up in 1965, recording local bands. It hit paydirt with its first release, "Peter Rabbit," by local favorites Dee Jay and the Runaways. For the next four years, the studio and label was a flurry of activity, recording bands from their home state and nearby Minnesota and Nebraska. This 17-track compilation focuses on the many garage bands that came to ply their wares, hoping for a hit record. Although "Peter Rabbit" isn't aboard (presumably because of licensing restrictions, the master currently being owned by Polygram), Dee Jay and the Runaways kick things off with two early sides, "Jenny Jenny" and the previously unreleased "The Gorilla." The first all-girl group from Minnesota to make a record, the Continental Coets, are up next with "I Don't Love You No More." Two selections each from Billy Rat and the Finks, the Noblemen and Koats of Male anchor one-offs from Tommy Tucker and the Esquires, the Dark Knights, Dale and the Devonaires, Yetti Blues Band, Fifth Generation, the Senders and the Dynamic Dischords. All prime '60s garage material with the added bonus of a lengthy interview insert with the label's owners giving the big picture. Fans of mid-'60s garage band material will already be aware of IGL's legacy, but for those who view Iowa as a barren ground for this kind of teen band hijinks, this compilation will come as a major revelation.