Northwest Battle of the Bands, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All 30 of these mid-'60s tracks (six previously unissued) are drawn from the vaults of Jerry Dennon, producer, and the man behind Jerden Records and its subsidiaries. The Sonics are the only name here that might instantly click for most browsers (and even they were pretty unknown outside of the Northwest in the 1960s, prior to their retroactive emergence as a cult band starting in the late '70s). The Northwest garage sound is frequently overrated, but this well-selected anthology does much to highlight the best aspects of the mini-style. Indeed it's the best compilation of the sort that does not include the few well-known tracks to emerge from the region during the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All 30 of these mid-'60s tracks (six previously unissued) are drawn from the vaults of Jerry Dennon, producer, and the man behind Jerden Records and its subsidiaries. The Sonics are the only name here that might instantly click for most browsers (and even they were pretty unknown outside of the Northwest in the 1960s, prior to their retroactive emergence as a cult band starting in the late '70s). The Northwest garage sound is frequently overrated, but this well-selected anthology does much to highlight the best aspects of the mini-style. Indeed it's the best compilation of the sort that does not include the few well-known tracks to emerge from the region during the era. It does unavoidably emphasize what compiler Alec Palao rightly terms the "pounders," but it selects some of the very best of the R&B-frat-British Invasion "pounders," like the Raymarks' "Louise," the Juveniles' "I've Searched," and the Sonics' "You've Got Your Head on Backwards." Some welcome diversity is on hand via several slower-tempo organ-based mid-tempo tunes, with the Live Five's "Yes You're Mine" and Mr. Lucky & the Gamblers' "I Told You Once Before" specifically emulating the Zombies. Future Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin turns up as lead vocalist on Sir Raleigh & the Cupons' fine 1964 recording of "Tomorrow Is Another Day," more familiar as done by the Monkees. Several of these groups, and indeed a half-dozen of the exact same tracks, show up on Sundazed's Knock You Flat! The Northwest Battle of the Bands, Vol. 2, but although that disc is respectable, this collection has the edge in quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667420426
  • Catalog Number: 204
  • Sales rank: 172,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You've Got Your Head on Backwards - The Sonics (2:46)
  2. 2 Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day - Sir Raleigh & the Coupons (2:49)
  3. 3 Little Sally Tease - Don & the Goodtimes (2:54)
  4. 4 Wastin' My Time - The Express (2:49)
  5. 5 Louise (2:07)
  6. 6 Breakdown - Trolley (2:00)
  7. 7 I've Searched (2:28)
  8. 8 She's Boss - The Dimensions (2:02)
  9. 9 Take Me Back - Tyme's Children (2:09)
  10. 10 Black Winds - Little John & The Monks (2:17)
  11. 11 Trick Bag - The Counts (2:45)
  12. 12 I'm Fast - The Heirs (2:26)
  13. 13 Long Tall Shorty (3:01)
  14. 14 I Told You Once Before - Mr. Lucky & the Gamblers (2:22)
  15. 15 Signed D.C. - Brave New World (3:19)
  16. 16 Sorry Charlie (2:00)
  17. 17 I Should Know - Tom Thumb & The Casuals (2:49)
  18. 18 Like No Other Man - The Sonics (2:04)
  19. 19 Little Sally Walker (2:25)
  20. 20 Goodbye - The Liberty Party (3:29)
  21. 21 The Owl and the Pussycat - The Bards (2:33)
  22. 22 Yes You're Mine (2:34)
  23. 23 Turn and Run - The Rock-N-Souls (2:22)
  24. 24 Blue Turns to Grey - Don & the Goodtimes (2:46)
  25. 25 You're Not My Girl - The New Yorkers (2:36)
  26. 26 I'll Be Standing There - The Dynamics (2:38)
  27. 27 Tossin' and Turnin' - The City Lights (2:33)
  28. 28 Crisco Party - George Washington & The Cherry Stompers (3:36)
  29. 29 Why Girl - Emergency Exit (2:48)
  30. 30 Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dewey Martin Drums, Vocals
The New Yorkers Track Performer
The Bandits Track Performer
Jim Valley Guitar, Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Guitar
Jim Brady Vocals
Gary Church Bass
Jim DeLong Drums
Larry Evans Bass
Don Gallucci Organ
Bob Holden Drums
Brett Hudson Bass, Vocals
Mark Hudson Guitar, Vocals
John Kennedy Drums
Rob Lind Harmonica, Vocals
David Lucas Bass
Charlie Mack Guitar
Don McKinney Vocals
Alan Park Guitar
Andy Parypa Bass
Larry Parypa Guitar
Gary Peterson Drums
Luther Rabb Bass
Dennis Richey Vocals
Gerry Roslie Keyboards, Vocals
Mardi Sheridan Guitar
Bob Bennett Drums
Joe Villa Guitar
Jim Walters Guitar
Charlie Warren Bass
Mike Robbins Organ
Jeff Afdem Flute, Vocals
Bob Perry Guitar
Harry Wilson Guitar
Mike Beck Bass
Terry Craig Guitar
The Raymarks Track Performer
Pete Sack Drums
John Simpson Drums
Jeff Beals Bass
Tom Dietz Bass
Mike Spencer Organ
Gary Reynolds Vocals
Billy Burns Drums, Vocals
Steve Valley Guitar
Trick Bag Track Performer
Mike Parker Organ
The Scotsmen Track Performer
Richard Lawson Drums
John Odgers Drums
Live Five Track Performer
The Juveniles Track Performer
Mercy Boys Track Performer
Terry Afdem Keyboards
Fred Aldrich Bass
Jim Wolfe Organ
Tom Yook Organ
Ron Wood Drums
Mike Balzotti Organ
George Guilmet Organ
Jeff LaBrache Drums
Al Malosky Drums
Gus Molvik Guitar
Fred Cook Organ
Joe Smith Bass
Tom Blessing Guitar, Vocals
Dave Child Bass
Ken Fillmore Drums
Jerry Hawkes Guitar
Steve Heard Organ, Vocals
Larry Gadler Bass
Paul Goldsmith Guitar
Ken Huff Guitar
Gordon Kjellberg Guitar
Bill Leyritz Drums
Craig Martell Drums
Jerry Meier Guitar
Lee Dark Vocals
Bud Garrison Bass
Jim Graziano Drums
Clyde Heaton Organ
Bill Hoak Drums
Dave Maitland Guitar
Al Harris Guitar
Norman Raleigh Guitar
Johnny Meeks Bass
Bill Hudson Guitar, Vocals
Brave New World Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kearney Barton Memorabilia
Don Gallucci Producer
Bob Holden Producer
Jan Kurtis Producer
Larry Levine Producer
Jeff Miller Memorabilia
Nick Robbins Mastering
Donald Anderson Producer
Jerry Dennon Producer, Liner Notes
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Gil Bateman Producer
Tex Hughes Producer
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