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Various Artists – Psychedelic States: Maryland In The 60s (2014) review

May 31, 2014

Various Artists – Psychedelic States: Maryland In The 60s (2014) review

Various Artists “Psychedelic States: Maryland In The
60s” (Gear Fab Records, 2014)
For nearly twenty years, the Gear Fab label, located in
Colorado, has been cranking out collections devoted to regional music scenes of
the sixties. Patterned after the spirit of heralded compilation albums such as
“Pebbles,” “Back From The Grave,” “Mindrocker,”
and “Psychedelic Unknowns,” the series points the laser beam at folks
that never had hit singles, but may have been as big as the Beatles in the eyes
of local fans. Or in some cases, the bands were so obscure their resumes
consisted of playing only a handful of neighborhood gigs. But that’s what makes
“Psychedelic States” so special. Along with the cool tunes these
discs offer, information on the acts and photos seal the sets, leading to be
historical documents.
A double album, “Psychedelic States: Maryland In The
60s” supplies a good look at an area that really hasn’t been covered much.
Despite the title of the package , the majority of stuff here leans towards the
garage rock side of the fence rather than surrealistic sojourns. Because these
bands weren’t afforded the luxury of high-end production facilities and in
certain circumstances, were still in the process of sharpening their chops, the
recordings are raw and economical. But hey, that’s rock and roll, not Emerson,
Lake and Palmer or Mariah Carey. Passion over polish, and enthusiasm over
elegance is the name of the game.
Splattered with a squawking harmonica and a killer hook, the
bluesy pop of “I Need Love” by the Mad Hatters, the slippery roll of
“I’m Gone Slide,” from the Dagenites, the Henchmen’s tough and
taunting “Get Off My Back,” the misty melancholy of “Letters Of
Love” by the Creatures, the peppy punch of the Shoremen’s “Dance
USA!,” and the breezy zip of “Psychedelic Ride” from the Ides
are only a taste of treasures to be admired. Three basic chords, a catchy
delivery, and a sincere dedication to the music drive these songs to be the
nuggets they are. Propelled by a harsh groove and a threatening snarl,
“Shadows” by Attic of Sounds serves to be another top-tier track,
along with the edgy “I Can’t Wait Till Friday Comes” from the Hard
Times.
Further core cuts on “Psychedelic States: Maryland In
The 60’s” are the innovative reflexes of “Everything Would Be
Fine” by the Fallen Angels, whose singles and two full-length albums are
classics of the era and worth hunting down, the intense acid rock expressions
of the Urch Perch’s “Sweet Life,” the swaggering soul of the fast and
frantic “Love” from the Bad Boys, and the mesmerizing flower pop of
“Tiny Little Seeds” by the Persuaders. Songs from Tomorrow’s People,
the Stratfords, Cherry Pink Reason, the Koffee Beans, and the New Diablos also
burn brightly. And for those with a soft spot for dramatic ballads, there’s
Brandi Laine’s “Haight Street Dream,” which glimmers and glows to chillingly
powerful vocals bristling with naked emotion. But the fact is, each tune on
“Psychedelic States: Maryland In The 60s” has its own charm and
personality. And what’s even more inviting is most of the songs have never
appeared on similarly-inclined anthologies before. The “Psychedelic
States” series is known for discovering super rare relics, and I must say
they’ve definitely unearthed a batch of fascinating fossils with this effort.
Review made by Beverly Paterson/2014
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2 Comments
  1. Jerri Buttles

    I have discovered the psychedelic states music and am amazed that none of these songs made it on to radio. The variety of music is incredible. I am a connoisseur of garage band music, growing up in the sixties in Chicago, i roamed the streets looking for any music coming from any garage anywhere. It was always fun to get there first and to turn around and see the whole block standing behind you and rockin out. I just wonder how much more there is out there and what am i missing. I listen to them on my car radio through bluetooth, which is another thing that amazes me, and some of these songs have become favorites. Found Love by the Fly Bi-Nites is now one of my favorite songs. I have every c d I've seen on line and continually look for more. I just discovered the Maryland c d and will have it by next week. If there are more please let me know.

  2. Klemen Breznikar

    Dear Jerri,

    here's our review of Florida. Gear Fab Records released a lot of compilations from every state.
    http://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2015/10/various-artists-psychedelic-states.html

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