A nice, overlooked gem
David Goodwin | Westchester, NY United States | 06/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To many usual listeners of British Invasion music, this CD might be a bit jarring...perhaps due to their Australian roots, the Easybeats have a very different vocal style than many of their contemporaries.However, although they are usually dismissed as a one-off, there are MANY solid songs on this disc (and on others by the band as well). In true Early Repertoire tradition, the liner notes are incredibly poor, but the generous (although chronologically-nonsensical) bonus tracks. Happy is the Man, Lisa, the title track, You Me We Love...they're all surprisingly good, and though the disc is quite inconsistent (OK, HEAVILY inconsistent), I would definately recommend it."
Easybeats as Heard by Shel Talmy
Randall E. Adams | Los Angeles, CA United States | 03/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the Easybeats' big international breakthrough album, produced by Shel Talmy (the Kinks, Who, David Bowie, Creation). They had just arrived in the U.K., having completely saturated Australia. They had not yet absorbed any of the new sounds in London. This album catches the Easybeats at the peak of their teen scream phase. Check out the great two-guitar interplay on most of the songs; this is one band that did not relegate the second guitarist to a minor supporting role. In fact, think of a 1960's era version of Television. That goes for the adenoidal vocals and tortured lyrics as well. The extra tracks mop up most of the odds and ends recorded with Shel Talmy until he and band parted company after the commercial failure of "Heaven and Hell," the band's first real Vanda/Young mini-opera and their first track reflecting their exposure to the exploding London pop music scene. In 1967, this album was probably a bit out of date. It would have made more sense in 1966. From the distance of thirty-odd years, however, this doesn't matter at all. Just buy this record as a fine 1966 effort and forget that it was really recorded a little later."
It's funny when he says "eeeeeazy!" cuz he doesn't say beats
space_antelope | Baltimore Maryland | 02/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"some people think this band was just a one hit wonder and i think those people are wrong. i don't know what it's like in australia 'cause i have never been there but if they can make sounds like this almost forty years ago i bet it's an okay place to live. the suits they are wearing on the cover look really nice too. plus there's a song whose lyrics are "Made My Bed Now I'm Gonna Lie In It" which is also the title of the song and it kind of reminds me of a song called lay in the sun by godz and not just cuz it's about lying down either but cuz it's a really good song with really funny and simple lyrics."