Wild Angels

The Wild Angels

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Ten songs cut by various incarnations of the group: the Wild Angels (in early 1966), the Sassy Ones (in late 1966 and early 1967), and a spinoff outfit, the Renaissance (which played garage-psychedelic rock, and paired two of the Sassy Ones with two male musicians). This is an unusual relic, primarily because there were relatively few girl groups who were so unhoned, and recorded under such primitive conditions. None of the songs were released, and the group had little material to work with, meaning that even at a mere ten tracks, Distortions had to stretch things to reach LP length. There are no less than four versions of "Sweetness," and three of "About You," and two of "Don't Ever Say No" (i.e., the LP has ten tracks, but only four actual songs). Sure, its appeal is pretty specialized, but within that narrow parameter, it ain't a half-bad artifact, songs and performers oozing a sort of primitive charm.