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The Moving Sidewalks
Flash
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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This 1968 release of "Flash" is the only famous album by this Texan trio - featuring a young Billy Gibbons, later of ZZ Top fame - and including 5 bonus tracks from the CD re-release. Featuring "99th Floor", the smash hit ...  more »

      
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All Artists: The Moving Sidewalks
Title: Flash
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Buy Or Die
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Classic Rock
Style: Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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This 1968 release of "Flash" is the only famous album by this Texan trio - featuring a young Billy Gibbons, later of ZZ Top fame - and including 5 bonus tracks from the CD re-release. Featuring "99th Floor", the smash hit that was a sensation in the acid-psych scene of late 1960s Texas, and gained them the # 1 spot in the charts for 6 weeks.

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Guess nobody has the abum . . . .
SpaceCommander | Everett, WA | 10/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Because if they did have the album then would wonder what was up with the WEIRD VOCALS on one song. Well, if they unplugged their turntable, cued up the needle at the end of the track and SPUN THE RECORD BACKWARDS they could hear the vocals!

This is such fun music and a real treat to listen to. Yeah, it's dated - so what - it's still enjoyable and unlike most of what's out there."
+1/2 -- Middling guitar-psych from future ZZ Top guitarist
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 04/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This Houston band's "99th Floor," initially brought to light on Pebbles, Vol. 2, is one of the greatest mid-60s garage rockers of all time. The band's sole LP, from 1968, is more psychedelic and less punk, and in the end less distinctive. Moving Sidewalks (and future ZZ Top) guitarist Billy Gibbons could certainly play at this point, but on this album he provides neither the adrenal buzz of "99th Floor," nor the authoritative boogie blues of his later band.

The songs, more heavily blues oriented than the seminal single, had yet to find the groove of ZZ Top. Gibbons admiration of Jimi Hendrix is played out on "Pluto-Sept. 31st," with an Experience-like riffing rhythm section and a studio freakout in the middle. The backward vocal of "Eclipse" is quite compelling (though the Zappa/Red Crayola-style production might harsh on your trip), and "Joe Blues" gives an indication of where Gibbons would be heading next.

The CD reissue's true value are the five non-LP singles, including the awesome "99th Floor," the fine garage rockers "What Are You Doing to Do" and "Every Night a New Surprise," the Elevators styled "Need Me" (complete with Roky styled wail), and a reverb drenched take on The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Those who can't get enough Texas psych-blues will like the album, but if you're drawn in by "99th Floor," it's the bonus tracks for you. LP: 3 stars, Bonus tracks: 4-1/2 stars, Overall: 3-1/2 stars. [©2007 hyperbolium dot com]"
Moving Sidewalks - 'Flash' (Akarma)
Mike Reed | USA | 09/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Originally released in 1968,this was the Houston band's sole album.As some of you do know,this was guitarist Billy Gibbon's band before joining up with ZZ Top.All ZZ fans might not even like this CD reissue.Basically,it's very good '60's psychedelia,with a bit of blues here and there.Most happening tracks,I thought were "Flashback","You Make Me Shake","Crimson Witch",the ultra-weird freaky "Eclipse"(listen very closely to this cut),their Beatles cover "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Need Me".Line-up:Billy Gibbons-guitar&vocals,Don Summers-bass,Tom Morre-organ,keyboards&piano and Dan Mitchell-drums.Should appeal to fans of Blue Magoos,Electric Prunes,Music Machine and 13th Floor Elevators.Heard they once toured with the Elevators back in te day.A should have.Recommended."