Various Artists

Tony the Tyger Presents Fuzz, Flaykes, & Shakes, Vol. 5: Keep Right on Living

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The fifth volume of this 1960s garage-psychedelic compilation series is above-average when judged against the other installments, with a slightly better standard of material, although it's usually in the same generic '60s punk mold. As such generic workouts go, though, the Continentals' "Sick and Tired" is tastier than usual, if only for the supremely confident vocal. Other items that are enjoyable, though not brilliant, include the Noblemen's "She Still Thinks I Love Her" with its full harmonies, organ-driven arrangement, and nice double-time break; the Insects' "Girl That Sits There," with another good organ part, and welcome pop harmony influence; and the Creatures' "Letter of Love," which bears traces of the sort of minor-key melodies Ray Davies used on many early Kinks songs. The cut most deserving of the "killer" adjective is "Baby Show the World" by the Sons of Adam, one of the best obscure Los Angeles psych-punk bands. While this, the B-side of their third single, was done after guitarist Randy Holden (the Other Half, Blue Cheer) and drummer Michael Stuart (Love) departed, it still has some fine distorted sustain/feedback-laden guitar and raw, tense psychedelic dynamics.

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