Complete Moving Sidewalks

The Complete Moving Sidewalks

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The short-lived Houston, Texas late-'60s psych band Moving Sidewalks are generally best known as one of the first bands of Billy Gibbons, who went on to fame in biker-blues arena rockers ZZ Top. In their day, Moving Sidewalks recorded their sole LP, Flash, as well as a few singles of psychedelic…  See more details below

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The short-lived Houston, Texas late-'60s psych band Moving Sidewalks are generally best known as one of the first bands of Billy Gibbons, who went on to fame in biker-blues arena rockers ZZ Top. In their day, Moving Sidewalks recorded their sole LP, Flash, as well as a few singles of psychedelic blues-rock, before evaporating into garage rock history and seeing Gibbons off to radically different prospects. The Complete Moving Sidewalks collects all known studio work by the band as well as demos and unreleased tracks from the Coachmen, the Gibbons-fronted predecessor that came just before Moving Sidewalks. As an album, Flash is very much a product of its time. Gibbons' vocals, guitar playing, and songwriting are all under a heavy Hendrix influence, borrowing the stoned blues side of Jimi's nonchalant playing and electric hippie persona. This is punctuated further by audio snippets of Hendrix giving a shout-out to the band for opening for him, included as an unlisted track at the close of the collection. The parts of Flash that aren't steeped in Hendrix-isms are dated by goofy early psychedelic production, complete with backwards whispering, unwieldy stereo panning, and the obligatory "Revolution 9"-style sound collage in the form of two album-closing tracks, "Eclipse" and "Reclipse." That's not to say it's without merit. "Flashback" crackles with off-kilter energy and blown-out, hurried recording benefits the garage-fuzz of "Crimson Witch" as well as other standout tracks. The real gold on this collection comes with the non-album tracks and unreleased demos of its second volume. Kicking off with Nuggets-style garage classic "99th Floor," there's a more inexperienced energy with the singles than the sometimes self-indulgent wandering of the album. Organ psych-rocker "Need Me" is a ferocious romp somewhere between the Troggs and the 13th Floor Elevators, while different versions of "Every Night a New Surprise" and the band's incredibly trippy take on the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reveal radically different sides of the band. The Coachmen tracks only run through several different recordings of both "Stay Away" and "99th Floor," offering the rawest and most caveman sonics on the entire set. Working backward from the half-baked psychedelia of the album to the singles and then the rudimentary 1966 demos, this collection shows a young Gibbons as an excitable player in rapidly changing times more than it offers any hints at the future that awaited him. The late-'60s Texas psych scene was a vibrant and largely underground collection of players, and Gibbons' work with Moving Sidewalks had more to do with the multicolored exploration of that place and time than the Top 40 blues-rock that he went on to make. As such, this collection will be essential for garage enthusiasts, but not so much for most ZZ Top fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
Label:
Rockbeat Records
UPC:
0089353301828
catalogNumber:
3018
Rank:
283046

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Flashback
  2. Scoun Da Be
  3. You Make Me Shake
  4. You Don't Know the Life
  5. Pluto -- Sept 31st
  6. No Good To Cry
  7. Crimson Witch
  8. Joe Blues
  9. Eclipse
  10. Reclipse

Disc 2

  1. 99th Floor
  2. What Are You Going To Do
  3. What Are You Going To Do
  4. Headin' Out
  5. Need Me
  6. Every Night a New Surprise
  7. Every Night a New Surprise
  8. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  9. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  10. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  11. Flashback
  12. Stay Away  -  Coachmen
  13. Stay Away  -  Coachmen
  14. 99th Floor  -  Coachmen
  15. Stay Away  -  Coachmen
  16. 99th Floor  -  Coachmen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moving Sidewalks   Primary Artist
Billy Gibbons   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Dan Mitchell   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Don Summers   Bass,Group Member
Mike Frazier   Bass
Tom Moore   Organ,Piano,Group Member
Kelly Parker   Keyboards
Bob Bolton   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Ames   Producer
James Austin   Cover Design
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Bert Frilot   Engineer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Dan Mitchell   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Bill Bentley   Liner Notes
Summers   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Coachmen   Producer
Doyle Jones   Engineer
Galen Scott   Band Photo

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