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Melts in Your Brain Not on Your Wrist: The Complete Recordings 1965 to 1967

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This double-CD set of Chocolate Watchband material is so overpowering that it's difficult to know where to begin. A group that never charted a single forget an album across four tumultuous years is suddenly given the box-set treatment in miniature, a double-disc package containing not only every track ever recorded and released by the actual Chocolate Watchband, but also every track ever attributed to them, and also three cuts featuring original Watchband lead singer David Aguilar providing new lead vocals to replace singing that was wiped or not recorded at the time. And just to show how screwed-up their history was, the non-Watchband material runs 20 minutes longer than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This double-CD set of Chocolate Watchband material is so overpowering that it's difficult to know where to begin. A group that never charted a single forget an album across four tumultuous years is suddenly given the box-set treatment in miniature, a double-disc package containing not only every track ever recorded and released by the actual Chocolate Watchband, but also every track ever attributed to them, and also three cuts featuring original Watchband lead singer David Aguilar providing new lead vocals to replace singing that was wiped or not recorded at the time. And just to show how screwed-up their history was, the non-Watchband material runs 20 minutes longer than the stuff they actually recorded. Their one-time manager, Ed Cobb, who seldom seemed to have much good to say about the actual Watchband, is probably watching in total astonishment from whatever celestial plain he alighted upon in death. And what makes it all even better is that not only is all of this material organized properly for the first time, the real Watchband stuff filling up disc one, but it all sounds incredible -- for the first time, even amid reissues by Rhino and Sundazed, here is a collection of songs that don't sound at least half a generation "off" in quality and source material. Disc two contains everything ever attributed to the group, including the contents of the entire third album, One Step Beyond which was done by a substitute version of the band. The collection also, at last, identifies the sources of two sets of fake Watchband tracks as the rival West Coast bands the Yo-Yoz and the Inmates, both of which had been involved with Cobb. And even that material is in its best condition ever, and not bad for it, either -- it might not have been the Watchband, but most of this was better than decent music. The only two cuts here that were a mystery going in were the versions of "Medication" and "'Til the End of the Day" on which David Aguilar put on new vocals in 2005 -- and he pulls it off successfully. The 35-year gap is bridged without too much trouble, and if he sounds older, he still sings well. Basically, this set reduces in importance the prior reissues from Sundazed and other labels, and the accompanying annotation provides the most detailed history of the band ever assembled. In essence, it's worth every cent being asked for it, and then some, for fans of garage punk and '60s garage bands, as well as psychedelic enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667424929
  • Catalog Number: 249
  • Sales rank: 49,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Talk About Girls (3:34)
  2. 2 Sweet Young Thing (2:57)
  3. 3 Baby Blue (3:54)
  4. 4 Blues' Theme - Hogs (2:48)
  5. 5 Loose Lip Sync Ship - Hogs (3:18)
  6. 6 Don't Need Your Lovin' (2:38)
  7. 7 Sitting There Standing (2:21)
  8. 8 Misty Lane (3:22)
  9. 9 She Weaves a Tender Trap (2:39)
  10. 10 Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love In) (2:25)
  11. 11 No Way Out (2:22)
  12. 12 In the Midnight Hour (3:30)
  13. 13 Come On (1:49)
  14. 14 Gone and Passes By (3:14)
  15. 15 I'm Not Like Everybody Else (3:43)
  16. 16 I Ain't No Miracle Worker (2:50)
  17. 17 Milk Cow Blues (2:57)
  18. 18 Medication (3:06)
  19. 19 'Til the End of the Day (2:39)
  20. 20 Psychedelic Trip (1:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let's Talk About Girls (2:46)
  2. 2 In the Midnight Hour (4:27)
  3. 3 Hot Dusty Roads (2:26)
  4. 4 Gossamer Wings (3:26)
  5. 5 Baby Blue (3:13)
  6. 6 Medication (2:07)
  7. 7 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (2:51)
  8. 8 Since You Broke My Heart (2:22)
  9. 9 Uncle Morris (3:11)
  10. 10 How Ya Been (3:11)
  11. 11 Devil's Motorcycle (3:02)
  12. 12 I Don't Need No Doctor (4:02)
  13. 13 Flowers (2:47)
  14. 14 Fireface (2:51)
  15. 15 And She's Lonely (4:18)
  16. 16 Dark Side of the Mushroom (2:36)
  17. 17 Expo 2000 (2:41)
  18. 18 Voyage of the Trieste - Yo-Yoz (3:39)
  19. 19 In the Past - Yo-Yoz (3:08)
  20. 20 The Inner Mystique - Yo-Yoz (5:36)
  21. 21 The Uncharted Sea (AKA the Voyage of the Trieste) - Yo-Yoz (3:25)
  22. 22 Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - Inmates (2:38)
  23. 23 Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - Inmates (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chocolate Watchband Primary Artist
Don Bennett Trio Vocals
David Aguilar Vocals
Yo-Yoz Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Ben DiTosti Composer
Don Everly Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Les Chadwick Composer
Ed Cobb Composer, Producer
Bill Cooper Composer
Mike Curb Composer
Bill Flores Composer
Les Maguire Composer
Freddie Marsden Composer
Gerry Marsden Composer
Richard Podolor Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Valerie Simpson Composer
Alec Palao Concept, Annotation
Nancie Mantz Composer
David Aguilar Composer
Annette Tucker Composer
Sean Tolby Composer
Gary Andrijasevich Composer
Mark Loomis Composer
Danny Phay Composer
Wayne Proctor Composer
Manny Freiser Composer
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