Various Artists

The Sound of the Sixties: Sixties Archives, Vol. 1

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A double-album hodgepodge of obscure '60s rock. A few hits sneak in by Syndicate of Sound, the Rivieras, and the Five Americans. But mostly this is little-known material by American garage bands like the Count Five, We the People, the Electric Prunes, and the Trashmen, as well as rare sides by British bands both celebrated (Yardbirds, Animals) and cult (Episode Six, Primitives, Sorrows). In time, a lot of this became available on single-artist reissues of these artists. That makes tracking down this rather strange collection a low priority. It does have some songs that are hard to find elsewhere by the likes of the Ingoes, the Shake Spears, and Maze, but these aren't very interesting, though Sir Henry & the Butlers' blitz through "Giddy Up a Ding Dong" is a gas.