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    Dirty Water

    The Standells' key albums for the Tower label (Dirty Water, Why Pick On Me, and Try It) perfectly bottled a rebellious wave of sound sweeping across Mid-1960's teen clubs, radio playlists and record racks. Starting with the genre-defining, proto-punk smash "Dirty Water", through a series of equally memorable underdog anthems ("Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," "Why Pick on Me") and obscenities (the banned "Try It"), the Standells left an indelible mark on their era. Those three Tower albums are a veritable feast of three chord, fuzz-drenched, Vox Organ-driven "squares"-repellant.


    The Standells' Dirty Water album, their first for Tower Records, was primarily recorded away from their Hollywood home base. Producer Ed Cobb picked a Seattle studio and engineer Kearney Barton (the Sonics), unwittingly unleashing the savage Pacific Northwest Sound on the rest of the country. As Standells founding member Larry Tamblyn tells it, "It really was the Standells raw." The results include crushing classics like "Little Sally Tease," "Medication," and "Why Did You Hurt Me."

    1. Medication
    2. Little Sally Tease
    3. There's A Storm Coming
    4. 19th Nervous Breakdown
    5. Dirty Water
    6. Poor Man's Prison
    7. It's All In Your Mind
    8. Pride & Devotion
    9. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
    10. Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?
    11. Why Did You Hurt Me
    12. Rari
    13. Batman
    14. Take A Ride
    The Standells
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Try It Try It Quick View

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    Try It

    The Standells' key albums for the Tower label (Dirty Water, Why Pick On Me, and Try It) perfectly bottled a rebellious wave of sound sweeping across Mid-1960's teen clubs, radio playlists and record racks. Starting with the genre-defining, proto-punk smash "Dirty Water", through a series of equally memorable underdog anthems ("Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," "Why Pick on Me") and obscenities (the banned "Try It"), the Standells left an indelible mark on their era. Those three Tower albums are a veritable feast of three chord, fuzz-drenched, Vox Organ-driven "squares"-repellant.


    Built around the banned title track, Try It is a tale of two (LP) sides; one a cohesive step into super-charged '67 Standells Soul, the other a bet-hedging exercise that compiles possibly the strongest material of the band's career. Latter includes the classic Standells style, either at its most pulverizing ("Barracuda," "Riot on Sunset Strip") or now one foot into psychedelia ("All Fall Down," "Did You Ever Have That Feeling"). It provides the perfect bookend to the Standells' legendary Tower Records era albums.

    1. Can't Help But Love You
    2. Ninety-Nine And A Half
    3. Trip To Paradise
    4. St. James Infirmary
    5. Try It
    6. Animal Girl
    7. Soul Drippin'
    8. Barracuda
    9. Did You Ever Have That Feeling
    10. All Fall Down
    11. Poor Shell Of A Man
    12. Riot On Sunset Strip
    13. Get Away From Here
    14. Try It (alternate vocal)
    The Standells
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    Why Pick On Me

    The Standells' key albums for the Tower label (Dirty Water, Why Pick On Me, and Try It) perfectly bottled a rebellious wave of sound sweeping across Mid-1960's teen clubs, radio playlists and record racks. Starting with the genre-defining, proto-punk smash "Dirty Water", through a series of equally memorable underdog anthems ("Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," "Why Pick on Me") and obscenities (the banned "Try It"), the Standells left an indelible mark on their era. Those three Tower albums are a veritable feast of three chord, fuzz-drenched, Vox Organ-driven "squares"-repellant.


    For their second Tower album, Why Pick On Me, the Standells received a significant sonic boost with the move to American Recording Company. Legendary engineer Richie Podolor cut the best sounding records of the era; from the Standells, Chocolate Watchband, and Electric Prunes to Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night. The drum tracks on this album are simply not to be believed, the bass drum sound possibly registering on the Richter scale. Here the Standells build on their strengths with tough originals from producer Ed Cobb, equally-hard driving outside material ("Black Hearted Woman," "Mainline"), and notably, the emergence of Larry Tamblyn as a songwriter (his "Mr. Nobody" arguably the album's highlight).

    1. Why Pick On Me
    2. Paint It Black
    3. Mi Hai Fatto Innamorare
    4. I Hate To Leave You
    5. Black Hearted Woman
    6. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
    7. The Boy Who Is Lost
    8. The Girl And The Moon
    9. Looking At Tomorrow
    10. Mr. Nobody
    11. My Little Red Book
    12. Mainline
    13. Have You Ever Spent The Night In Jail
    14. Don't Say Nothing At All (instrumental)
    The Standells
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Live On Tour 1966 Live On Tour 1966 Quick View

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    Live On Tour 1966

    The Standells' amazing string of punkish, tough-guy anthems, like "Dirty Water" and "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", define the legacy of mid-sixties garage rock like nothing else. With the success of these records came '66 tours with the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys. From all reports, the Standells proved a superb live act. But for decades, their on-stage reputation rested on an earlier, Pre-Tower label live album documenting the Standells in an unrecognizably clean-cut night club incarnation.


    But there's a happy ending to this story. It turns out the Standells were in fact recorded at their peak, LIVE ON TOUR-1966! At last, here's the whole knock-out live act from the year the Standells stormed the charts. All the '66 hits are here including "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", "Why Pick On Me?" and of course, "Dirty Water" (in tremendous versions, all of them). Fan faves are also on board, like the fuzzed-out "Mr. Nobody" and stomping "Why Did You Hurt Me". Highlights also include high energy covers of "Midnight Hour" and "Please, Please, Please", to name just a few of these crowd-pleasers, showcasing the Standells' R&B roots updated with '66 sheen. Hearing the Standells' road-tested, extended take on "Gloria" is not to be missed, either!


    Rescued from a professionally recorded concert at the University of Michigan, the Standells are captured in astonishingly clean sound that rivals their legendary studio recordings. This may just be the finest recorded example of vintage live '66 American garage rock. It's all here, the Standells in brilliant sound and in a superb package including rare photos and liner notes.

    1. Introduction
    2. Mr. Nobody
    3. Good Lovin'
    4. Why Did You Hurt Me
    5. Sunny Afternoon
    6. Gloria
    7. Why Pick On Me
    8. Please, Please, Please
    9. Midnight Hour
    10. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
    11. Dirty Water
    Standells
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Road Runners The Road Runners Quick View

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    The Road Runners

    After the Kings Verses album flips your wig and sends you stumbling out of the garage, the haunted fuzz and ghostly Farfisa of the Road Runners - the second half of Fresno's devastating one-two punch - will turn what's left of your brains to Malt-O-Meal. Results of secret marketing surveys assure us that this unreleased gem is running neck-and-neck with the Watchband, the Standells and the Music Machine in the '66 Punk Hall Of Fame Marathon.
    1. Nighttime Love
    2. Goodbye
    3. I Got To Get Away
    4. Little Miss Love
    5. I'll Make It Up To You
    6. Tell Her You Love Her

    7. Sleepy Friend
    8. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (Live)
    9. Goodbye (Live)
    10. The Train Kept A Rollin' (Live)
    11. I'll Make It Up To You (Live)
    12. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Live)

    13. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)
    14. Don't Bring Me Down (Live)
    The Road Runners
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • You Better Move / It's You I'll Miss You Better Move / It's You I'll Miss Quick View

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    You Better Move / It's You I'll Miss

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    Tampa, Florida legends the Tropics released a stack of great records in the sixties. But none of those singles is more coveted by garage collectors than their '66 masterpiece, "You Better Move;" a tambourine-bashing, harmonica-wailin,' epic screamer. With its super-threatening lyrics, delivered in a pathologically aggravated state by Tropics lead vocalist Mel Dryer, this record serves as a master class in anger mismanagement. "You Better Move, incidentally, was co-penned by guitarist Buddy Pendergrass and a former Tropic, Dave Burke (who soon appeared on two Standells albums on Tower). B-side "It's You I'll Miss" finds the versatile Tropics in a Byrds bag; with a jangly, expertly-sung original. This Sundazed single places the Tropics at the top of the list of '66 garage bands, from Florida or any corner of the US of A.

    1. You Better Move
    2. It's You I'll Miss
    The Tropics
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    Colored 7 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
  • Deep In The Iris Deep In The Iris Quick View

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    Deep In The Iris

    Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date - powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human. Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell's emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift. Deep In The Iris, out April 28th on Arbutus Records.
    1. Letting Go
    2. Taste
    3. Blondie
    4. Happy When
    5. Miniskirt
    6. Getting Tired
    7. Sore Eyes
    8. Bunny Rose
    9. Warm Like Summer
    Braids
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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