THE FUZZTONES best psychedelic effort! Since the debut album Lysergic Emanations
The 'Tones haven't released a so deeply authentic psychedelic record,equally filled with obscure yet powerful covers and exciting original compositions!
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SALT FOR ZOMBIES LP
MISTY LANE/TEEN SOUND 028 (2005)
This is a fine example of how it really should be done, for all the newborn garage heads hit by the “white stroke”. Being one of the sixties garage revival pioneers, I must admit that, with the last couple of albums, I had a feeling that they drifted away a bit from the initial concept themselves, but this is where they’re turning back to their own roots. Two thirds of the album are carefuly chosen covers of garage/psych classics that never were, like the spooky riff-leaden pair of “My brother the man” and “Face of time” or the Shy Guys’ 7-minute freak-out “Black lightning light”, sounding like The Spencer Davis Group gone punk, or the more familiar “Don’t blow your mind” by The Spiders. As for the originals, there’s only five of them, but they’re worth the price of the admission alone. The album’s highlight might be “Johnson in a headlock” with it’s Farfi-sized garage beat fuzz at it’s best, “Get naked” is a moody punk ballad, “This sinister urge” is sure to “light the fire” of any Doors fan, while still maintaining the expected garagey vibes, and the remaining pair of “Hallucination generation” and “Idol chatter” covers the darker corners of the eastern-tinged psych feel. If it happens that none of the above can convince you to het hold of this piece of vinyl, I suppose mentioning a couple of guest appearances by the likes of James Lowe or Sky Saxon, might be of some help.
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SALT FOR ZOMBIES CD (2005)
Here's the latest album from this long-running garage-psych band, and what a doozy it is! The last studio release from the 'Tones was 1992's Monster A Go Go, followed by the 1994 live Lysergic Ejaculations release, and then the band was put on ice for a while. There's solo material by the group's leader Rudi Protrudi, a couple of all-instro CDs by his sideband Link Protrudi and the Jaymen, collaborations by him and the Others, reissues of his pre-Fuzztones bands King Arthur's Quart and Tina Peel, and a Fuzztones best-of collection on Sundazed. Some singles have snuck out here and there as tasters for this new CD, which is as fine a slice of garage-psych dementia as they come. There are covers of obscure garage-psych gems like "My Brother, The Man" (We The People), "Face Of Time" (the Plague), "A Wristwatch Band" (Boss Tweads), "Black Lightning Light" (Shy Guys) and "Don't Blow Your Mind" (Spiders, a.k.a. Alice Cooper). There are originals like "Be Forewarned," "Idol Chatter," "Halluci nation Generation," and "This Sinister Urge." All the songs are permeated by lots of fuzzed guitars replete with psychedelic effects, sitars, backwards instruments, eerie vocals, organ, bongos, and much more. Somewhat similar to the most recent Chesterfield Kings CD, they really went all out for this one, and like that release, there's a strong Electric Prunes influence at work here. Even their version of "My Brother, The Man" begins with a guitar part right out of "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)." Of course, no 'Tones album would be complete without some nods to sex; in this case there's "Get Naked" and "Group Grope." The band apparently spent a lot of time on this, and it shows. The album really flows well, culminating in a great version of the Lincoln Street Exit's ultra-weird "Whatever Happened to Baby Jesus," which in the hands of the Fuzztones becomes even more bizarre.
Alan Wright - COSMIK DEBRIS