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Absolutely the Best
Flamin Groovies
Absolutely the Best
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Depending on which side of the artistic/generational fence one fell on, San Francisco's Flamin' Groovies seemed either stubborn British Invasion-besotted anachronisms or enlightened new wave visionaries. Though forged at t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Flamin Groovies
Title: Absolutely the Best
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 5/11/1999
Release Date: 5/11/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 030206103526

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Depending on which side of the artistic/generational fence one fell on, San Francisco's Flamin' Groovies seemed either stubborn British Invasion-besotted anachronisms or enlightened new wave visionaries. Though forged at the peak of S.F.'s flower power heyday, the band's founders, guitarist-songwriter Cyril Jordan and vocalist Roy Loney, worshiped a fundamentalist rock pantheon ruled by the Beatles and Stones circa '64 to '66. That became both their artistic strength and commercial liability--especially in an era dominated by psychedelia and prog-rock excesses. A series of brilliant, if poor-selling major-label releases (Teenage Head and Flamingo the best of them) won the band a fervent critical and cult following by the early 70's. Under Jordan's guidance after Loney's departure, the band eventually became unlikely godfathers of new wave with the release of the classic 1976 album Shake Some Action. This collection underscores the Groovies at their best; it's some of the most satisfying '60s music around--no matter what decade it was recorded in. --Jerry McCulley
 

CD Reviews

Bootleg
dorobenditz | 04/01/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Yet another bootleg of the Flamin' Groovies where the label makes the money and the artists see none of it (think AIM Records, bigtime mafioso bootleggers from Australia, from which the material on this disc is culled). If you want a proper introduction to this incredible band, but a copy of Groovies Greatest Grooves (which does pay royalties to Cyril Jordan) or Slow Death (on the Norton label, likewise paying the artist). Don't waste your money on this shoddy product from hucksters."
Flamin' Groovies - always underrated
dorobenditz | Seguin, TX USA | 07/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Flamin' Groovies are the missing link between UK pub rock and UK punk/wave. Somewhat underrated when they were active (think mid- to late 1970s), their true value only becomes apparent after a gap of more than 20 years (at least that happened in my case:-) - anyway, "Shake Some Action" is a classical teenager hymn and the best song to sample if you want to get into the band's material. Not everything they put out is great, but this is a decent album, and it's available at a decent price. Check this out!"