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This Chicago quintet's 1967 long player (their second and final with the original lineup) represents the peak of their muscular punk-blues creativity. Expanding on their previous year's debut (titled after the album's hit, "Gloria"), the band stretched beyond the Chicago blues classics they'd sullied so perfectly the first time out. They still take time to apply their suburban garage sound to Jimmy Reed's "Peepin' and Hidin'" and a fine cover of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful," but the real growth is on their originals and well-selected contemporary covers.
The opening cover of The Wheels' obscure Irish single "Bad Little Woman" lures the listener in with a seductive vocal intro before lashing back with hard blues. The hyper-Diddley beat of "Gospel Zone" and its pulpit-inspired vocal are overlayed with distorted and reverbed guitars that drive home its lustful lyrics. The Eastern psych-inspired instrumental "The Behemoth" throbs with a brooding bassline pounding beneath the cascading guitar lead. From there the group launches into a Beau Brummels-styled folk-rocker, "Three For Love," and a lengthy workout of "Hey Joe" that shows off their blues-jamming talents.
Joe Kelly's "I'll Make You Sorry" leads off side two of the original vinyl, reestablishing the strutting garage style with which the album opened. The rave-up cover of Tommy Boyce's "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" is bluesier than was ever imagined for The Monkees debut album, and "New York Blues" is a low-and-slow 12-bar blues instrumental. The original album is augmented here with the mono single version of "Gospel Zone" and two non-LP singles, "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" and "Willie Jean." The first single was the band's then-current tough-as-nails garage rock release, the second was their LP followup. The band's swan-song, "Someone Like Me," can be found - strangely - on Sundazed's reissue of the "Gloria" LP.
The band would break up shortly after the release of this second album, only to be resurrected as a bubblegum act on Super K in 1969. This second and last album by the original lineup is superb, and a must-have for anyone who loves '60s garage rock. Production note: Sundazed has reissued the album from the stereo master, which to this reviewer's ears, isn't as moving as its mono counterpart. The soundstage is often fractured, the overdubs obvious, and the use of pan-pots to move instruments around is distracting. The three mono bonus cuts give the listener a taste of the mono LP's muscle. One can only hope that Bear Family will include both mono and stereo should they ever get around to a box set! (hyperbolium)
01 - Bad Little Woman 02:37
02 - Gospel Zone 03:20
03 - The Behemoth 02:34
04 - Three For Love 03:12
05 - Hey Joe 05:43
06 - I'll Make You Sorry 02:42
07 - Peepin' And Hidin' 03:02
08 - Tomorrow's Going To Be Another Day 02:23
09 - New York Bullseye 02:43
10 - High Blood Pressure 03:39
11 - Spoonful 02:58
12 - Gospel Zone (Single) 03:20
13 - Willie Jean (Single) 02:51
14 - I'm Gonna Make You Mine (Single) 02:31
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