Today I’ve got two 60s garage reissue LPs to tell you about. First, and most notably, members of The Roosters have pressed up 500 copies of brand new retrospective All of Our Days. Led by 12-string guitarist Timothy Ward and vocalist Ray Mangigian, the group released three singles with folk-rock masterpieces such as “You Gotta Run” and “One of These Days” known from several different garage comps. Apart from the uncomped single sides, the LP also includes never-before heard songs straight from the masters, as well as three cuts by their earlier incarnations. I was happily surprised to learn that members of The Roosters also played on The Five More’s scorching “I’m No Good”, which is one of these early tracks! You can pick up this soon-to-be classic from Bomp!, Clearspot or eBay shops.


The other notable retrospective of the year comes from the reliable Sundazed, who have collected Oscar & the Majestics’ singles on U.S.A. and mixed them in with self-released cuts and two unreleased gems. One of these is also available on 7″, which you can get in a limited transparent blue edition from the Sundazed site. The retrospective is offered on both LP and cd (as well as digital) and is more than worth its price only for “Got to Have Your Lovin'”, their fuzz-drenched take on “I Can’t Explain” (The Who) and the title track “No Chance Baby”.

I also noticed, over at Garage Hangover (who have started reviewing new releases), that there is a Pleasure Seekers retrospective out on their own Cradle Rocks label. It’s called What a Way to Die and features 11 tracks by Suzie Quatro and her sister’s teen garage group.

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September 6, 2011

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