Monster A Go-Go, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the Beatles exploded onto the world stage in 1964, their impact was tremendous, and pop music was transformed as they reminded kids everywhere of the virtues of the self-contained rock & roll band, rather than empty pre-packaged teen idols. That influence spread out nearly everywhere, and in Japan it manifested itself in what became known as the "group sound" era, in which bands in the style of the British Invasion heroes sprung up to put a local spin on the new craze. As the influence of American garage bands and the emergence of psychedelia filtered into the mix, the combination got all the more eccentric and interesting, and Monster A Go-Go, Vol. 1 is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When the Beatles exploded onto the world stage in 1964, their impact was tremendous, and pop music was transformed as they reminded kids everywhere of the virtues of the self-contained rock & roll band, rather than empty pre-packaged teen idols. That influence spread out nearly everywhere, and in Japan it manifested itself in what became known as the "group sound" era, in which bands in the style of the British Invasion heroes sprung up to put a local spin on the new craze. As the influence of American garage bands and the emergence of psychedelia filtered into the mix, the combination got all the more eccentric and interesting, and Monster A Go-Go, Vol. 1 is a collection of 12 cuts from Japanese "group sound" bands cut between 1966 and 1969, the prime years for the garage/psych gumbo to come to a boil. A lot of these songs are covers, with the singers often unwittingly revealing that English was not their first language, but the music is usually top-notch; the Beavers' opening tear through "I'm a Man" is at least as muscular as the Yardbirds', and the band sounds tight and committed, and the Mops' extended journey through "Inside Looking Out" is one impressive cross-cultural freakout. The Bunnys are often cited as Japan's closest kin to the Ventures, and Takeshi Terauchi's guitar work on "Test Pilot" would have done any number of instrumental acts proud, and considering Japan's harsh stance on drugs, the Golden Cups were brave to title their blues jam "L.S.D. Blues," even if hallucinogens don't seem to have much to do with it. And "S.P.I." by the Savage, "Nati Bati Yi" by the Spiders, and "Blind Bird" by the Mops are tough, attitudinal garage rock with plenty of fuzzy goodness, regardless of consideration of language or land of origin. Hardly the last word on garage rock in the land of the Rising Sun (which would become even more evident when this compilation spawned several sequels), Monster A Go-Go, Vol. 1 still opened many eyes to the lesser-known glories of the group sound years, and for globalist garage rock fiends, it's essential, enlightening, and lots of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • Label: Bamboo
  • EAN: 4752817701316
  • Catalog Number: 7013
  • Sales rank: 104,405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm the Man - Beavers (5:02)
  2. 2 When I Was Young - Carnabeats (3:09)
  3. 3 Nati Bati Yi - The Spiders (2:29)
  4. 4 In the Midnight Hour - The Voltage (3:29)
  5. 5 Blind Bird - The Mops (2:57)
  6. 6 Stone Free - D'Swooners (5:32)
  7. 7 Test Driver - The Bunnys (3:29)
  8. 8 Around & Around - The Spiders (2:48)
  9. 9 LSD Blues - Golden Cups (4:43)
  10. 10 Jenny - Carnabeats (2:36)
  11. 11 S.P.I. - The Savage (2:31)
  12. 12 Inside Looking Out - The Mops (6:13)
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