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Psychotic Reaction
Count Five
Psychotic Reaction
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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The title track from this San Jose group made the charts in 1966 and will be a familiar classic to Nuggets fans. Psychedelic!


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All Artists: Count Five
Title: Psychotic Reaction
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Edsel Records UK
Release Date: 6/16/1994
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 5014757172250, 182478050623


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The title track from this San Jose group made the charts in 1966 and will be a familiar classic to Nuggets fans. Psychedelic!

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Count Five - 'Psychotic Reaction' (Edsel)
Mike Reed | USA | 07/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"From what LOOKS to be an earlier reissue of the San Jose's psych/garage band's sole album.This one,however is on the Edsel label,which has got four(4)less bonus cuts than their pressing on the Collectables label(see my review).Different cover and all,as this is for the completists,as I believe I actually know one patron that has this CD,as well as the one I just mentioned.Still hard to believe these were actually high school seniors that made this 1967 classic."
Furious Chutzpah...The All-Time Psychepunk Garage Band...
BluesDuke | Las Vegas, Nevada | 05/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"They were hardly the first of what we have long since known as garage bands, but you would be hard enough pressed to find a garage band this side of the original Stooges with as much furious chutzpah as the Count Five. At essence a quintet of R and B aspirants, the Count Five melded that with their having been, apparently, blown away completely by the Yardbirds' version of it, to forge an attack of cheerful inspired amateurism with more than traces of fury. The Count Five weren't exactly the only ones looking to make their own version of the Yardbirds' music in the mid-1960s - but they came up with unquestionably the most inspired cops thereof, "Psychotic Reaction" mashing the verse structure of "Over Under Sideways Down" and, for the instrumental breaks, the lunatic chaos which closed out the British quintet's take on Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man". So who cares if the rest of the album is filler when held up against "Psychotic Reaction"? This pack put together more furiously engaging filler than an awful lot of allegedly superior acts were doing in the mid-1960s (and if you can listen to "Pretty Big Mouth" or "Peace of Mind," or "Double Decker Bus" and not get caught in the chutzpah and the thrust of it all, you're obviously having a bad day), and they seemed to hit each song as though they'd never get to cut another one for as long as they lived. In more ways than one, the Count Five should have received what the Kingsmen got - the Kingsmen got "Louie, Louie" and a world of legend out of all proportion to their overall selves (let's face it: the Kingsmen's filler makes the Count Five's resemble "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), while the Count Five had to settle merely for being a semi-legend of psychedelic punk grunge.But if they really were playing as though they'd never get to cut anything else with each song, they couldn't have been more wrong; the Count Five actually had a couple more albums in them - the ones to hunt out are "Carburetor Dung" and "Cartesian Jetstream," both of which damn near make "Psychotic Reaction" the album sound like Herman's Hermits, even if their songs aren't exactly up to "Psychotic Reaction's" lineup. (Not for nothing did the late, legendary gonzo rock critic Lester Bangs spin his most memorable essay among a pack of memorables off the Five - "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: A Tale of These Times," which ended up becoming the title essay of a posthumous collection of his most representative criticism.) Those who wonder which was the missing root of both punk and grunge, this is said root. In ways they probably would not have given a thought to knowing, Nirvana, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls, the MC5, and the Stooges owed at least as much a debt to the Count Five as to anyone else, and probably more so."
Count Five : Psychotic Reaction - another viewpoint
BluesDuke | 08/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I just read the review by a California music fan, dated July 1998, about the above album. I thought it would interest other fans of the pyschedelic sixties sound to hear another opinion. I was lucky enough to pick up this album two years ago in England and was overwhelmed by it. I would certainly recommend this album to other enthusiasts. I have recently acquired the Nuggets collection which includes the single 'Psychotic Reaction' and was surprised as I was under the impression that the group had to be English because their sound is more similiar to late sixties English pyschedelia rather than the more 'thumpy' pop/rock based American sound. I encourage all to get this album."