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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
The teen-band pride of San Jose, CA, the Syndicate of Sound scaled the heights of the rock & roll world for a very brief moment in the summer of 1966 with their Top Ten hit "Little Girl." With a catchy, jangly electric 12-string riff, a solid beat, a macho teen vocal, and a chord progression heavily influenced by "Hey Joe," the tune perfectly mirrored the sound of the times and was a can't-miss hit, a British sound played with American garage enthusiasm. But their success ride was short; within a year or two, their ranks were decimated from the draft, touring exhaustion, and the musically changing times. This reissue serves as their lasting legacy, combining the original ...
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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
The teen-band pride of San Jose, CA, the Syndicate of Sound scaled the heights of the rock & roll world for a very brief moment in the summer of 1966 with their Top Ten hit "Little Girl." With a catchy, jangly electric 12-string riff, a solid beat, a macho teen vocal, and a chord progression heavily influenced by "Hey Joe," the tune perfectly mirrored the sound of the times and was a can't-miss hit, a British sound played with American garage enthusiasm. But their success ride was short; within a year or two, their ranks were decimated from the draft, touring exhaustion, and the musically changing times. This reissue serves as their lasting legacy, combining the original 12-song album with four bonus tracks. Kicking off with a pair of souped-up R&B covers, the album casts a pretty wide net, with half of the tunes penned by various bandmembers. Of these, ballads sit alongside rockers like "Lookin' for the Good Times The Robot" and "Rumors" complete with Yardbirds-style fuzz guitar rave-up in the middle, while the Kinks-style "That Kind of Man" is an imaginative British-sound knockoff. The outside material, however, is where the band shows their true chameleon-like strength. Covers of the Hollies' "I'm Alive," Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" via Buster Brown's version, the Sonics' "The Witch," and Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby" show a band that could either play a song "just like the record" or bring their own twist to the proceedings. The four CD bonus tracks likewise demonstrate that the group had no shortage of original material, but unfortunately nothing compiled here has the hit sound of "Little Girl," an easy explanation as to why the group ended up with one-hit wonder status.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771612021
  • Catalog Number: 6120
  • Sales rank: 59,030

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Boss Man (2:54)
  2. 2 Almost Grown (2:11)
  3. 3 So Alone (3:04)
  4. 4 Dream Baby (2:37)
  5. 5 Rumors (2:06)
  6. 6 Little Girl (2:27)
  7. 7 That Kind of Man (2:17)
  8. 8 I'm Alive (2:20)
  9. 9 You (2:44)
  10. 10 Lookin' for the Good Times (2:24)
  11. 11 The Witch (2:30)
  12. 12 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (2:20)
  13. 13 The Upper Hand (2:14)
  14. 14 Mary (2:32)
  15. 15 Keep It Up (2:44)
  16. 16 Good Time Music (2:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Syndicate of Sound Primary Artist
Don Baskin Flute, Saxophone, Vocals
John Duckworth Drums, Vocals
Bob Gonzales Bass
Jim Sawyers Guitar, Vocals
John Sharkey Organ, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes
Bob Gonzalez Bass
Larry Ray 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
John Sharkey Arranger
Gary Thompson Producer
Leo de GarKulka Engineer
Chuck Patti Liner Notes
Jud Cost Producer, Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Producer
C. Ballard Jr. Composer
John Sharkey Composer
G. Roslie Composer
Garrie Thompson Producer
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