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Flamin' Groovies

Live From The Vaillancourt Fountains September 19, 1979

Review by Gary Hill

These guys got their start in the 1960s. They really encompass the garage band sound of that era. This live show suffers a bit in terms of sound quality, but really manages to rock. In some ways it seems to shine because of the blemishes rather than in spite of them. I suppose that fits with the whole garage band thing. This is a solid set made up of some original tunes with lots of covers to round it out.

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Track by Track Review
Introduction
You get what is advertised here.
I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Folk rock, psychedelia and more merge on this tune. It feels like a trip back to the 1960s.
Between The Lines
Here we get another slab of vintage psychedelia. It's delivered with energy and style.
Please Please Me
They cover the Beatles on this tune. They put in a pretty cool rendition.
Fall On You
High energy and more rocking, this is a fine slab of psychedelia.
From Me To You
Here we get another Beatles tune delivered in style.
19th Nervous Breakdown
Now they turn their attention to the Rolling Stones. This is quite a strong version of the track. It seems to really work with the sound of the Groovies.
Baby, Please Don't Go
A song from the band Them, this has been covered by lots of people over the years. It's a killer rocking tune.
Tell Me Again
Here is another slab of garage rock.
Paint It Black
Back into Stones territory, I have always loved this song. This version works pretty darned well.
All I Wanted
Here is a tasty rocker that feels a lot like early Beatles.
First Plane Home
More of a melodic number, this has a bit of a Byrds vibe in some ways.
I Can't Hide
Here's another that makes me think of the Beatles. It's a classic and classy slab of 60s styled rock music.
Shake Some Action
A bit of a harder rocker, this is classic garage rock.
Around & Around
Here we get the first of two Chuck Berry covers. This is energetic and a lot of fun.
Let It Rock
Here we get another Chuck Berry tune. This piece feels a bit less cohesive, but that adds some crazed intensity.
I Want You Bad
This is a pretty standard 60s styled rocker.

 

 
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