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There Goes the Neighborhood: 60s Punk Rock...

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This collection of 12 live tracks by a half-dozen Texas garage bands from the 1960s, promises more than it delivers. Some of the acts, like the 13th Floor Elevators, doing "Levitation" and "Fire Engine," were garage punk outfits, but most of those here were folk- or country-influenced bands, and one was little more than a college cover band learning their stuff by rote from the records. All were taped at various Texas locales between 1965 and early 1970, in low degrees of clarity and fidelity. Rockola, a quartet fronted by vocalist Lou Ann Barton, seem a little more countrified than they are punk, and their drummer is more prominent than their lead guitarist on the two numbers here. The Jades, who hailed from the area around Houston, and are captured here in a 1966 concert tape, boasted a cheesy organ and a trumpet in their lineup, and had a slight folk influence in their sound -- they got an album out on RCA. Here, though, they just manage to butcher "Road Runner." The 13th Floor Elevators would probably have sounded fine if they'd been miked so that the other instruments could compete with the drums, although "Fire Engine" comes off pretty cool anyway. Bartlett isn't a garage band, but more of a folky, early Jefferson Airplane outfit, complete with bongos and David Bartlett and Cindy Kovanda standing in for Marty Balin and Signe Anderson. The Sherwoods perform a grinding live version of their failed Mercury single "Ride Baby Ride," and Thursday's Children, who were a clean-cut frat band without a punk bone in their bodies, contribute badly balanced live performances of the Beatles' "The Night Before" and Barrett Strong's "Money."

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