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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Normally, a CD like this, made up of true obscurities, wouldn't be the place that one should start listening to a group. But it's also almost impossible to listen to this collection of early tracks and vault leftovers and not feel a tremendous respect for the Astronauts, or conclude that this CD might be as good a place as any for the neophyte listener to plunge into their sound. It's all that strong. The early Palladium Records single "Come Along Baby" b/w "Tryin' to Get to You" the latter featuring vocals by bassist Stormy Patterson is pretty impressive, and the two dozen outtakes from their 1963-1965 RCA sessions show off a band that had several albums' worth of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Normally, a CD like this, made up of true obscurities, wouldn't be the place that one should start listening to a group. But it's also almost impossible to listen to this collection of early tracks and vault leftovers and not feel a tremendous respect for the Astronauts, or conclude that this CD might be as good a place as any for the neophyte listener to plunge into their sound. It's all that strong. The early Palladium Records single "Come Along Baby" b/w "Tryin' to Get to You" the latter featuring vocals by bassist Stormy Patterson is pretty impressive, and the two dozen outtakes from their 1963-1965 RCA sessions show off a band that had several albums' worth of substantial and enjoyable surf music at their disposal, the unheard stuff every bit as good as what got released. Robert Demmon, Dennis Lindsey, and Richard Fifield could come up with as many interesting and different guitar attacks, and James Gallagher was just as adept on the drums as their opposite numbers in the Ventures; only the latter group got to release about three albums a year, whereas the Astronauts did about a third of that. What's more, as "Tryin' to Get to You" and "Everyone but Me" show, they were fairly strong in the vocal department when necessary, although "My Little Beach Bunny" was nothing to write home about in terms of lyrics. Their later stuff here, especially "Buy Me a Round" and "Shame Shame Shame," has a garage punk edge that will prove a real shocker for those who only associate the group with their surf movie appearances. Their 1965-vintage rendition of "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" is a snarling masterpiece that runs circles around the Monkees' version, and it's followed by an instrumental adaptation of the same material that doubles the fun. Next up, in turn, are the vaguely folk-rockish "The Tables Have Turned" and "Girls Like You" with their jangly guitars and Searchers-like introductions -- and it's difficult to hold anything against any band that covers "I'm Gonna Buy Me a Dog." The stuff here may all be rare or hard-to-find for lots of reasons, but not because it deserves to be. The sound is excellent, up to Bear Family's usual standard, and the annotation nicely informative and, at times, downright fun -- a lot like the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127155566
  • Catalog Number: 15556
  • Sales rank: 168,771

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Astronauts Primary Artist
Keith Allison Harmonica
Ben Barrett Leader
Arnold Belnick Violin
Harry Bluestone Violin
Tommy Boyce Piano
James A. Decker French Horn
Bob Demmon Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Rich Fifield Guitar, Vocals
Elliott Fisher Violin
Jim Gallagher Drums
James Getzoff Violin
Bobby Hart Percussion, Vocals
Marvin Limonick Violin
Dennis Lindsey Guitar, Vocals
Arthur Maebe French Horn
Richard Perissi French Horn
Lou Raderman Violin
Paul Shure Violin
Marshall Sosson Violin
Gerald Vinci Violin
John Gave French Horn
Steve Kreisman Saxophone
Jon Patterson Bass, Vocals
Dick Sellers Guitar
Toni Wise Piano
Russell Bridges Piano
Robert Luke Harshman Percussion, Vocals
Steve Douglas Saxophone
Technical Credits
Julius Wechter Vibe Master
John Blair Dub Engineer
Billy Miller Liner Notes
Benjamin Barrett Contributor
Al Schmitt Producer
Shelby Singleton Composer
Rod Temperton Composer
Buster Williams Composer
Charlie McCoy Composer
Esther Roth Contributor
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
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