Various Artists

Trans-World Punk, Vol. 1

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As the title implies, the 18 tracks here were recorded in the mid-'60s by beat/garage bands from all over the world, except the United States -- the U.K., Switzerland, New Zealand, Holland, Italy, and Sweden. Collectors have long known that countries from outside America and Britain had pretty fertile scenes, and this is a decent sampler of some of the rawest sounds, usually with a heavy Rolling Stones/Pretty Things/R&B influence. Not every track is notable, but the best hold their own with the best raunchy beat records of the era: the berserk bass runs of Peter & the Blizzards' "Bye Bye Baby," and the Dee-Jays' "Blackeyed Woman," and Sons of Fred's "I'll Be There," with its lunar rockabilly riffs.

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