The Iguanas

The Iguanas

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The Iguanas -- as in Iggy, get it? -- were part of that pre-Beatle grease-combo thing that pressed on during the British Invasion, and the kind of racket that infested their bandstand set list is here to savor on this Norton compilation. Culling all three sides from their lone studio session ("Mona," "I Don't Know Why" and the originally unreleased "Again and Again," Iggy's first attempt at songwriting) with a demo session from 1964 and an acetate of the original sax-guitar-drums trio from 1963, this is one potent blast of a prototypical shake-'em-on-down unit in full cry. Sometimes downright astonishing in its crudity ("Johnny B. Goode" is the very first track you should cue up, trust me on this), this generous 18-tracker replicates a good night in a VFW Hall way better than most '60s frat band compilations do. For those who wish to be transported back to that time period, the color cover shot is unbelievable, and yes, Iggy sings "Louie Louie" on this, too.