Psycho-Sonic

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Everyone would agree that the Sonics reached their peak on their 1964-65 recordings for Etiquette. This 29-track compilation has everything they recorded for the label, extended not just to everything from their singles and two albums, but also with an alternate take of "The Witch" and live recordings of "Psycho" and "The Witch." Consequently, it's the best Sonics release on the market, though you should be warned: it's not wall-to-wall greatness. After the first half-dozen or so songs, you might well be ready to buy into their legend as one of the great and certainly rawest '60s garage bands, as those tracks include their toughest elementary riff-fueled pounders: ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Everyone would agree that the Sonics reached their peak on their 1964-65 recordings for Etiquette. This 29-track compilation has everything they recorded for the label, extended not just to everything from their singles and two albums, but also with an alternate take of "The Witch" and live recordings of "Psycho" and "The Witch." Consequently, it's the best Sonics release on the market, though you should be warned: it's not wall-to-wall greatness. After the first half-dozen or so songs, you might well be ready to buy into their legend as one of the great and certainly rawest '60s garage bands, as those tracks include their toughest elementary riff-fueled pounders: "The Witch," "Psycho," "Boss Hoss," "He's Waitin'," and "Strychnine." But too much of the rest is filled out with covers of '50s and '60s rock and R&B standards, and the relentlessly frantic bang-it-out frat punk and throat-tearing vocals get blurry after a while, though at least they threw in a little-covered tune with their version of Adam Faith's "It's Alright." [The 2003 CD edition of this anthology, incidentally, is substantially different from Big Beat's first release of the material, though it has identical tracks and the same title. It's taken from first-generation tapes, and also has a 20-page booklet of liner notes with extensive quotes from several band members including lead singer Gerry Roslie and others involved in the group's career.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667411523
  • Catalog Number: 115
  • Sales rank: 40,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Witch (2:40)
  2. 2 Do You Love Me (2:18)
  3. 3 Roll Over Beethoven (2:49)
  4. 4 Boss Hoss (2:24)
  5. 5 Dirty Robber (2:01)
  6. 6 Have Love, Will Travel (2:39)
  7. 7 Psycho (2:17)
  8. 8 Money (That's What I Want) (2:00)
  9. 9 Walking the Dog (2:44)
  10. 10 Night Time Is the Right Time (2:58)
  11. 11 Strychnine (2:13)
  12. 12 Good Golly Miss Molly (2:08)
  13. 13 The Hustler (2:14)
  14. 14 Psycho (2:06)
  15. 15 Cinderella (2:45)
  16. 16 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2:26)
  17. 17 Skinny Minnie (2:15)
  18. 18 Let the Good Times Roll (2:04)
  19. 19 Don't You Just Know It (2:53)
  20. 20 Jenny, Jenny (2:21)
  21. 21 He's Waitin' (2:41)
  22. 22 Louie, Louie (2:57)
  23. 23 Since I Fell for You (4:01)
  24. 24 Hitch Hike (2:46)
  25. 25 It's Alright (2:14)
  26. 26 Shot Down (2:13)
  27. 27 Keep a Knockin' (1:56)
  28. 28 Witch (3:01)
  29. 29 Witch (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Sonics Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Little Richard Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Richard Berry Composer
Kent Morrill Composer, Producer
Kearney Barton Engineer
Milt Gabler Composer
Shirley Goodman Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Leonard Lee Composer
Clarence Paul Composer
H. Smith Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Rusty Keefer Composer
Peter Blecha Liner Notes
John Greek Composer
Buck Ormsby Producer
Richard Penniman Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Catherine Cafra Composer
B.W. Haley Composer
J. Vincent Composer
Bill Wiley Engineer
Chris Andrews Composer
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