Don't Press Your Luck! The in Sound of 60's Connecticut

Don't Press Your Luck! The in Sound of 60's Connecticut

     
 

Connecticut had a solid garage rock scene in the mid-'60s, and more than a few of the best bands in the region logged time at Wallingford's Trod Nossel Studios (aka Syncron Sound), a recording facility run by Thomas "Doc" Cavalier, truly an unlikely champion of local rock & roll. Cavalier was a successful dentist who gave up his practice to manage New England rockers … See more details below

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Connecticut had a solid garage rock scene in the mid-'60s, and more than a few of the best bands in the region logged time at Wallingford's Trod Nossel Studios (aka Syncron Sound), a recording facility run by Thomas "Doc" Cavalier, truly an unlikely champion of local rock & roll. Cavalier was a successful dentist who gave up his practice to manage New England rockers the Bram Rigg Set and the Shags (not to be confused with the infamous Wiggin sisters), and when Syncron Sound (where both bands had recorded) fell on hard times, he bought the studio, changed the name, and turned it into a profitable business that's still running today. Don't Press Your Luck! collects material from a handful of New England acts who recorded at Trod Nossel and were overseen by Cavalier, and there's little arguing that the folks at the studio knew their stuff -- compared to many compilations of '60s garage rarities, these tracks sound lively and robust, crackling with teenage energy but recorded with a skill that didn't blunt the enthusiasm of the musicians. (Bob Irwin's superb remastering is also to be commended.) And the music is pretty great, too -- the Wildweeds' classic "No Good to Cry" (featuring a pre-NRBQ Al Anderson) is the standout here, but there's also some moody beat stuff from the Shags ("Don't Press Your Luck," "Hide Away"), fuzztone-powered angst from the Bram Rigg Set ("Sleepless Nights," "You Don't Love Me," and a potent cover of Them's "I Can Only Give You Everything"), and intriguing weirdness from the misanthropic Fourth Ryke ("Please Leave," "You're Cutting Out"), and while you'd expect high goofiness from a group called Uranus and the Five Moons, their material is actually smart and adventurous ("Nothing Remains," "SSS Happenin' Here"). Some radio spots recorded at Trod Nossel also make the cut, as does a demonstration of the wonders of multi-track recorded based around a session by the Shags. Garage fanatics and folks with a taste for Connecticut history will both find this set to be well worth investigating.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771115720
catalogNumber:
11157
Rank:
144365

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Tracks

  1. I Can Only Give You Everything  -  Bram Rigg Set
  2. Don't Press Your Luck  -  Shags
  3. Help Me  -  George's Boys
  4. Too Many Lies  -  Lively Ones
  5. Take the Time Be Yourself  -  Bram Rigg Set
  6. Hide Away  -  Shags
  7. SSS Happenin' Here  -  Uranus and the Five Moons
  8. Sleepless Nights  -  Bram Rigg Set
  9. You're Cutting Out  -  Fourth Ryke
  10. I Paid My Dues  -  Berries
  11. Wavz Radio Jingle  -  Shags
  12. No Good to Cry
  13. Think
  14. I Can't Explain  -  Bram Rigg Set
  15. Breathe in My Ear  -  Shags
  16. Please Leave  -  Fourth Ryke
  17. Specter's Radio Ad  -  Shags
  18. Nothing Remains  -  Uranus and the Five Moons
  19. You Don't Love Me  -  Bram Rigg Set
  20. Come Back to Me  -  Shags
  21. I Love the Way You Love Me  -  Bram Rigg Set
  22. Make a Record with the Shags  -  Shags

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