The Sonics

The Jerden Years 1966-69

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The original (and best known) Sonics lineup lasted for a total of three albums -- 1965's Here Are the Sonics, plus 1966's Boom and Introducing the Sonics. With the first two releases having been reissued on CD by the Norton label, the third release has become increasingly hard to come by over the years -- until it was issued in 2001 as part of the import release The Jerden Years 1966-69. The 30-track set is padded with post-Introducing the Sonics filler, but the Sonics were still firing on all cylinders by the time of their third album -- as such classic originals as "The Witch" are combined with a smattering of covers (Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man," etc.). While the extra tracks don't exactly measure up to the Sonics' classic tunes, Introducing the Sonics was one heck of a record, and hunting down a copy of The Jerden Years 1966-69 will allow you to complete your Sonics CD collection.