Various Artists

Trans-World Punk, Vol. 2

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Sixteen slabs of mid-'60s R&B/punk from all over the world except the U.S.: Britain, Sweden, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, Quebec, Denmark, and Spain are all represented. The gap between the good and the bad for this kind of stuff is pretty wide. Much of this is just sloppy, almost inept sub-Pretty Things/Them derivations, the crude energy not nearly enough to make up for the lack of decent songs. There are some good items here, however. The Blue Stars (from New Zealand) work up some stomping rage with their "Social End Product," and the Brand whip up a good British R&B frenzy with "Zulu Stomp," and David John's "Pretty Thing" has one of the great discordant guitar solos of all time.

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