The Dovers

We're Not Just Anybody

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The Dovers are rightly revered among collectors for having released a few of the finest obscure pop-oriented singles in the '60s garage rock style. All eight of the tracks from their four rare 45s are on this 10" LP. The best of the songs -- "She's Gone," "She's Not Just Anybody," and "What Am I Going to Do" -- were all among the best such singles to combine heavily Beatles/Byrds-influenced guitars, melodies, and vocals with a distinctively self-pitying teen garage sullenness. As is often the case when a thorough compilation of such a garage group is assembled, however, it also turns out that the three songs that were previously given the heaviest exposure on various-artist '60s garage anthologies are the best by a clear margin. In this instance, those songs are the aforementioned "She's Gone," "She's Not Just Anybody," and "What Am I Going to Do," all of which appeared on the original series of Pebbles LPs about 20 years before this Italian album was issued. Still, the other songs have their merits, especially in the Byrds-like guitar riffs, and "The Third Eye" in particular shows a psychedelic raga-rock influence that the group might have developed more had they continued to put out records.