T.C. Atlantic

The Best of T.C. Atlantic

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

This focuses entirely on T.C. Atlantic's studio output, including nothing from the band's rare 1967 album, Recorded Live at the Bel Rae Ballroom. With the exception of the mesmerizing 1966 single "Faces," one of the finest obscure psychedelic records with its entwining fuzz-raga guitars, T.C. Atlantic didn't produce anything of enduring magnificence, though the group's early singles weren't bad. That handful of 1965-1966 singles -- by far the most interesting selections here -- leads off the CD, and includes "Faces," the Zombies-like "I Love You So Little Girl," the strange Merseybeat-ish pop of "Once Upon a Melody," a surprisingly good cover of Bo Diddley's "Mona" with "I Want Candy"-like drums, and a raucous, brief cover of "Baby Please Don't Go." After that, unfortunately, T.C. Atlantic became a pretty anonymous if competent late-'60s group with far greater hard rock and soul influences, though "I'm So Glad" wasn't bad pseudo-Merseybeat and "(20 Years Ago) In Speedy's Kitchen" typical Baroque psychedelic pop. Not as typical, and not very good, were the novelty single "O-Rang-A-Tang" and a re-recording of "Faces" with strings and wah-wah guitar (issued on a late-'60s single) that was far inferior to the original version. The discographical documentation in the otherwise good liner notes is indefinite but, for whatever reason, a few songs that came out on 45s are missing, like the 1966 single "Shake"/"Spanish Harlem." Also, a few songs that were not released at the time, apparently recorded in the late '60s, are included.

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