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It's the End: The Definitive Collection

It's the End: The Definitive Collection

by Zakary ThaksZakary Thaks


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Sundazed assembled a Zakary Thaks comp called Form the Habit back in 2001 that seemed definitive. After all, the Corpus Christi teenage garage rockers released no more than six singles between 1966 and 1969 and all 12 songs were in place, along with three instrumental backing tracks, but 2015's It's the End: The Definitive Collection goes several steps further. Not only does reissue producer Alec Palao rely on the original single mixes but he's unearthed several forgotten masters along with three singles where Zakary Thaks' rhythm section of bassist Rex Gregory and drummer Stan Moore supported Mike Taylor in "Michael", the project he pursued after disbanding fellow Texas garage rockers the Bad Seeds. These new discoveries come at the expense of Sundazed's instrumentals but those aren't missed because this 22-track compilation paints a much richer portrait of a group that was one of the best unheralded American rock & roll outfits of the '60s. Zakary Thaks weren't pioneers as much as fierce synthesizers who channeled every upheaval of the British Invasion into wily, inventive rock & roll. Clearly, the group was enamored of the Kinks and the Yardbirds -- their record label was J-Beck, they covered "I Need You," one of the ravers is called "Face to Face," and "It's the End" nods at the chromatic descending stairsteps of "Sunny Afternoon" -- but they not only mimicked the full-throttle three-chord rush, they appropriated a similar sense of sonic adventure and jangly melodicism. This means they developed quickly during their nearly four years together, a progression that's underscored by unearthed recordings like "A Passage to India" that show how they were delving into psychedelia. Many of these later recordings show how adept the quartet was in navigating the shifting fashions of the late '60s -- "Mirror of Yesterday" is excellent ornate folk-rock, "Everybody Wants to Be Somebody" is happy, sunbleached pop -- but the dark pulsating "Green Crystal Ties" shows that the band behind the furious "Bad Girl" and "Won't Come Back" never quite mellowed. The fact that Zakary Thaks embodied, not influenced, the trends of their time hardly diminishes their music. This group of rampaging teenage Texans made passionate rock & roll that still sounds invigorating decades later, and this is the tribute they deserve.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667432627
catalogNumber: 5007823
Rank: 71256


  1. She's Got You
  2. Bad Girl
  3. Face to Face
  4. Won't Come Back
  5. It's the End
  6. I Need You
  7. Please
  8. A Passage to India
  9. Mirror of Yesterday
  10. My Door
  11. Can You Hear Your Daddy's Footsteps
  12. Green Crystal Ties
  13. Outprint
  14. Weekday Blues
  15. Everybody Wants to Be Somebody
  16. Face to Face
  17. Please
  18. Mirror of Yesterday
  19. Can You Hear Your Daddy's Footsteps [Alternat
  20. I'd Only Laugh
  21. People Sec. IV
  22. Gotta Make My Heart Turn Away

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zakary Thaks   Primary Artist
Mike Taylor   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Lopez   Guitar,Vocals,Interviewee
Stan Moore   Drums
Pete Stinson   Rhythm Guitar,Interviewee
Chris Gerniottis   Vocals,Interviewee
Rex Gregory   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
David Rasmussen   Harmonica
Tom Callicoatte   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ray Davies   Composer
Mike Taylor   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Interviewer
Lofton Kline   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
John Lopez   Composer
Stan Moore   Composer
Pete Stinson   Composer,Memorabilia
Chris Gerniottis   Composer,Memorabilia
Rex Gregory   Composer
Barry Wickham   Memorabilia
Lofton Klint   Composer
Dennis Rasmussen   Composer

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