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Sewer Rat Love Chant

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the Raik's Progress only released one single in their brief career both sides of which are included here, Sundazed magically conjured the Sewer Rat Love Chant album out of their legacy by tacking on ten songs from a live 1966 performance at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno. It's the studio single, though, that's the highlight of this disc, as "Sewer Rat Love Chant" is an above average piece of early minor-keyed raga-rock and not as lyrically weird as its title indicates, with its flip side, "Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?," showing a more pronounced Byrds influence, particularly in the vocal harmonies. The live material actually boasts pretty good sound quality for...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the Raik's Progress only released one single in their brief career both sides of which are included here, Sundazed magically conjured the Sewer Rat Love Chant album out of their legacy by tacking on ten songs from a live 1966 performance at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno. It's the studio single, though, that's the highlight of this disc, as "Sewer Rat Love Chant" is an above average piece of early minor-keyed raga-rock and not as lyrically weird as its title indicates, with its flip side, "Why Did You Rob Us, Tank?," showing a more pronounced Byrds influence, particularly in the vocal harmonies. The live material actually boasts pretty good sound quality for a 1966 concert recording, and is comprised mostly of original material that's more in the standard raw garage mold than their sole 45. Although the performances and vocals are a mite unrefined, most of the tunes aren't bad at all. "Don't Need You" is soaked in the morose Farfisa organ swirl common to much 1966 garage, punctuated by what sounds like clanks of a rusty anvil, and several of the other group originals are overheated, semi-incoherent punk blues. There are also live versions of both songs from the single, as well as covers of songs by Them, the Byrds, and the Animals that testify to their good taste, though enjoyment of the version of the Byrds' "It's No Use" is compromised by the group's apparent unfamiliarity with all of the words and chord changes. On the other hand, there must have been few other American groups indeed who covered the non-LP Animals B-side "I'm Going to Change the World," done here with considerable guts.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
The Raik's Progress... cranked out bizarro original songs alongside spirited covers of garage staples like "Baby Please Don't Go." (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771517517
  • Catalog Number: 5175
  • Sales rank: 262,888

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Raik's Progress Primary Artist
Steve Krikorian Group Member
Duane Scott Group Member
Nick VanMaarth Group Member
Steve Olson Group Member
Alan Shapazian Group Member
Technical Credits
Big Joe Williams Composer
Gene Clark Composer
Steve Krikorian Liner Notes
Roger McGuinn Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Dallas Smith Producer
Jud Cost Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Neal Hopper Engineer
Tommy Scott Composer
Gene Olson Producer
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