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The Sonics Boom
The Sonics
The Sonics Boom
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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1999 digitally remastered reissue of the second album by thelegendary kings of garage rock, originally released in 1966.Includes three bonus tracks: 'The Witch' (alternate) and two undisclosed live tracks.


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All Artists: The Sonics
Title: The Sonics Boom
Members Wishing: 15
Total Copies: 0
Label: Norton
Release Date: 6/1/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731253090523, 0029667025720, 002966702572


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1999 digitally remastered reissue of the second album by thelegendary kings of garage rock, originally released in 1966.Includes three bonus tracks: 'The Witch' (alternate) and two undisclosed live tracks.

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Aaron C. Burkhalter | Seattle, WA United States | 12/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a pre punk icon. From the first glance at the cover to hearing the last track I was fully satisfied by this great rock classic. Must be played at high volume. Each song sounds like they've taken ice picks to their speakers (and rumor had it, that they really did). This is a great staple in any punk history collection, also a pre requesite for listening to the Kinks, who probably had this album sitting in their collection.
The highlight of this album is Louie Louie. The fact is that Louie Louie is far from a great song. That anyone wanted to argue over authorship of this song is based solely on it's popularity. A song like this is not written well, it is only performed well, being left to the artist to mold it into something altogether different from every other recording. A song containing the three same chords over and over again is a particular challenge, but the Sonics rise to it, creating the greatest, hardest, rawest, most ear piercing version of Louie Louie ever recorded. Rob Lind wails and screams after the greatest solo on the album, and you already know you'll be backing up a track to hear it again.
Take all of your Paul Revere and the Raiders albums, and burn them (because you really shouldn't subject your ears to that ever again) then take your Wailers albums (no disrespect, they try hard) and sell them, and take that money and buy this album. It's all you need."
Full-throttle garage rock
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Sonic's second album from 1966 features gut-wrenching songs like "Cinderella", "He's Waiting", and their slaughtering take on "Louie, Louie" which is way better than the Kingsmen could have ever done. The sound of the music is mean and dirty. "He's Waiting" is the best track on the album. Lead singer Gerry Roslie sounds as if he is going to shred his vocal cords. What's a shame though is the fact that the Sonics did not write enough original material for the album. Their original songs were great, but the covers simply do not hold up very well (except "Louie, Louie") which is why this album gets 3 stars. This is about the dirtiest sound you will ever hear from a 60's garage band, though. The CD reissue from Norton contains some live tracks from a 1972 reunion concert and a great original B-side called "The Hustler"."
Gritty, Raw, Untamed, Primal
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 01/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"More than a decade before Greg Sage and the Wipers revolutionized rock and roll in the Pacific Northwest, The Sonics were playing and recording some of the wildest music in the history of rock. This is some of the most primitive, raucous music that you can imagine. It is very definitely from the sixties, with some production quirks that would be jettisoned even by the late sixties. And not every song is essential. But the highpoints on this album are so overwhelming that no true fan of rock and roll, garage rock, proto-punk, or alternative would want to do without this disc. And is there an album anywhere with a better title?This is one of the two original albums by the Sonics that are must-owns, the other being HERE ARE THE SONICS! There is also a good compilation not currently available entitled HERE ARE THE ULTIMATE SONICS."