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Jimi's Odd Roots & Strange Rhythms
Various Artists

A number of great releases that hit my stereo every month donít necessarily fit into any of the categories normally featured in the Roots and Rhythm catalog. I have talked Frank into giving me some space each catalog to shine a light on some of these offbeat gems and genre-defying oddities. In the future you can look here to find Experimental, Psyche, Avant-garde, Garage Rock, Acid Folk, and pretty much anything else that I think will work in my little corner of the catalog. Here I will only feature my favorite releases rather than everything I review, so each listing to appear in this section will have a rating of either Essential or Highly Recommended with my personal stamp of approval. So enjoy! I hope to turn you on to something new (JM)




VARIOUS ARTISTS Pet 006 Soft Sounds For Gentle People Presents: He & She ● CD $14.98
22 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
In the gospel according to Pet records, God created Adam & Eve and shortly there after Adam picked up a guitar and Eve a tambourine, found an L.A. record producer and together made pop-flavored psychedelic tunes with fuzzy guitar, beautiful harmonies and enigmatic productions and it was good. Soon Adam & Eve begat Sonny & Cher and Sonny & Cher begat Kathy & Larry, Bunky & Jake and many more who would fill up this compilation and they were also good. This is the sixth edition of these fantastic compilations from Pet, with this editions focus being on the Male/Female vocal dynamic. Track one on this CD pretty much sums up what you'll find on any of these collections, The Hubbels doing Hippy Dippy Funky Monkey Double Bubble Sitar Man, Pheew!, f that doesnt scare you off then you have plenty more magic to enjoy by the likes of The Source, Tingling Mothers Circus, Morley, The Gas Company, Smokey & his Sister and many more fine, upright citizens of the swinging late 60s and early 70s record scene. (JM)


VARIOUS ARTISTS STCTU 1 Songs The Cramps Taught Us, Vol. 1 ● CD $19.98
31 tracks, 77 mins, essential
Some of you might be familiar with the series of compilations called "Born Bad," which were great, but this series takes the same concept and improves on it 1,000 percent! The Cramps are one of the greatest Punk Rock bands ever and a huge part of their charm is in how they take wild, obscure Rockabilly, Garage and R&B songs from the 1950's and '60s and rework them--or downright steal from them--to create their own songs. The main folks in the Cramps, singer Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy, are rabid record collectors and have always shown a spotlight on obscure artists and tunes and are personally responsible for reviving certain artist's careers. These compilations take the best of the "Born Bad" tracks and add many more to them to create an unbelievably cool set of CDs with a noticeable improvement in overall sound quality. Volume one features such gems as Hipsville 29 BC by The Sparkles, Jelly Roll Rock by Walter Brown & His Band, Love Me by The Phantom, and Sinners by Freddie and the Hitchhikers alongside better known numbers by the Sonics, Andre Williams, Jack Scott, Bo Diddley, etc.. On top of this, you get absolutely beautiful cover art and layout in the best EC comics vein and thorough notes that not only tell you about the original artist/song, but also how the Cramps used each of them. I love these comps and I just can't recommend them enough. Since I picked these up, I have easily listened to each volume at least 20 times. (JM)
WALTER BROWN: Jelly Roll Rock/ THE BUSTERS: Bust Out/ RONNIE COOK: Goo Goo Muck/ KEITH COURVALE: Trapped Love/ BO DIDDLEY: Dancing Girl/ ELROY DIETZEL: Rock-n-Bones/ LEE DRESSER: Beat Out My Love/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: I Can't Hardly Stand It/ THE FRANTICS: Werewolf/ FREDDIE & THE HITCH HIKERS: Sinners/ THE GROUPIES: Primitive/ DALE HAWKINS: Tornado/ R. LEWIS: Get Off The Road/ THE PHANTOM: Love Me/ JETT POWERS: Go Girl Go/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Do The Clam/ DWIGHT PULLEN: Sunglasses After Dark/ THE RIPTIDES: Machine Gun/ THE RUMBLERS: Boss/ THE RUNABOUTS: The Strangeness In Me/ JACK SCOTT: The Way I Walk/ THE SHELLS: Whiplash/ SHERIFF & THE RAVELS: Shombolar/ THE SONICS: Strychnine/ THE SPARKES: Hipsville 29 BC/ ANDY STARR: Give Me A Woman/ THE THIRD BARDO: Five Years Ahead Of My Time/ HAYDEN THOMPSON: Blues Blues Blues/ THE TRASHMEN: Surfin' Bird/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: Bacon Fat/ LINK WRAY: Fatback

VARIOUS ARTISTS STCTU 002 Songs The Cramps Taught Us, Vol. 2 ● CD $19.98
32 tracks, 77 mins, essential
The second volume in this fantastic series doesn't miss a beat from where the first left off. One beautifully crazed track after another with highlights like Hasil Adkins' She Said, Dean Carter's insane take on Jailhouse Rock, Slim Harpo with Strange Love, Carl Perkins getting down and dirty on Her Love Rubbed Off, and J.J. Jackson & The Jackals' masterpiece Oo-Ma-Liddi. Not to mention the magnificent Garage Punk Nugget Green Fuz by Randy Alvey & The Green Fuz, which featured future Canned Heat Bass man Larry Taylor. More great artwork, more great notes and not a single dud in any of the 32 tracks. (JM)
HASIL ADKINS: She Said/ BILL ALLEN: Please Give Me Something/ RANDY ALVEY: Green Fuz/ CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: Hard Working Man/ SONNY BURGESS: Red Headed Woman/ JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO: Tear It Up/ DEAN CARTER: Jailhouse Rock/ THE COUNT FIVE: Psychotic Reaction/ RED CRAYOLA: Hurricane Fighter Plane/ DON & THE GALAXIES: Sundown/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: It's Just That Song/ THE FENDER FOUR: Margaya/ THE FLAMES: The Bird/ GLEN GLENN: Everybody's Movin'/ SLIM HARPO: Strange Love/ THE HUNTSMEN: Fever/ J. J. JACKSON: Oo-Ma-Liddi/ THE JESTERS: Peter Gunn/ KASENATZ KATZ SUPER CIRCUS: Quick Joey Small/ LIGHTNIN' SLIM: It's Mighty Crazy/ BUDDY LOVE: Heartbreak Hotel/ JIM LOWE: The Green Door/ RICKY NELSON: Lonesome Town/ THE NOVAS: The Crusher/ ROY ORBISON: Domino/ CARL PERKINS: Her Love Rubbed Off On Me/ THE READYMEN: Shortnin' Bread/ THE SPARK PLUGS: Chicken/ JIMMY STEWART: Rock On The Moon/ THREE ACES & A JOKER: Booze Party/ THE TUNE ROCKERS: The Green Mosquito/ KIP TYLER: Jungle Hop

VARIOUS ARTISTS STCTU 003 Songs The Cramps Taught Us, Vol. 3 ● CD $19.98
31 tracks, 77 mins, essential
Just as good if not better than the previous two. Any collection that has Nat County's Woodpecker Rock, Macy Skip Skipper's Bop Pills, and The Bostweeds' Faster Pussycat Kill Kill is certainly going to get an A+ from me. Amazing, fantastic, weird, psychotic, noisy, psychedelic, soulful, hillbillies, college drop-outs and menaces to society, in other words.Rock n' Roll and Rhythm & Blues at it's best! (JM)
LONNIE ALLEN: You'll Never Change Me/ THE BLUES ROCKERS: Calling All Cows/ THE BOSTWEEDS: Faster Pussycat Kill Kill/ JACKIE LEE COCHRAN: Georgia Lee Brown/ NAT COUTY: Woodpecker Rock/ RONNIE DAWSON: Rockin' Bones/ DAVE DAY: Blue Moon Baby/ TERRY DUNAVAN: Earthquake Boogie/ THE EMBERS: I Walked All Night/ THE FANATICS: I Will Not Be Lonely/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: One Hand Loose/ THE FENDERMEN: Mule Skinner Blues/ THE FLOWER CHILDREN: Miniskirt Blues/ THE INSTRUMENTALS: Chop Suey Rock/ KAI-RAY: I Want Some Of That/ KIT & THE OUTLAWS: Don't Tread On Me/ JIMMY LLOYD: I Got A Rocket In My Pocket/ SHORTY LONG: Devil With The Blue Dress On/ LARRY PHILLIPSON: Bitter Feelings/ DELL RANEY: Can Your Hossie Do The Dog/ MAC REBENNACK: Storm Warning/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Hungry/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Madness/ MEL ROBBINS: Save It/ THE SHADES: Strollin' After Dark/ MACY SKIPPER: Bop Pills/ WARREN SMITH: Uranium Rock/ THE SONICS: He's Waiting/ THE STANDELLS: Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White/ JUNIOR THOMPSON: How Come You Do Me?/ JERRY WARREN: Rompin'


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