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Psycho-Sonic
Sonics
Psycho-Sonic
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
 
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THE ORIGINAL PUNK ROCK BAND. Back in the mid-1960s, the legendary Sonics took rock 'n' roll by the scruff of the neck and thrashed it to within an inch of its sorry life, leaving a legacy of some of the most savage, viscer...  more »

     
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All Artists: Sonics
Title: Psycho-Sonic
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Big Beat UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/1997
Re-Release Date: 3/18/1997
Album Type: Enhanced, Extra tracks, Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 029667411523

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THE ORIGINAL PUNK ROCK BAND. Back in the mid-1960s, the legendary Sonics took rock 'n' roll by the scruff of the neck and thrashed it to within an inch of its sorry life, leaving a legacy of some of the most savage, visceral recordings ever made. Compiling their no-holds-barred Etiquette sessions, Psycho-Sonic is the ultimate Sonics anthology.One of the best selling Big Beat releases of recent years has been Psycho-Sonic, a comprehensive collection of all the sides the much-feted kings of garage rock recorded for the Etiquette label in 1964/65. Only the most cloistered of music fans would be unaware of the mighty Tacoma combo's influence and importance, now stronger than ever thanks to young bucks such as the White Stripes, Hives, Vines etc. constantly dropping the band's name.With access to first generation tapes recently uncovered by Big Beat's ongoing celebration of the catalogue of Sonics' mentors, the Wailers, we figured it was time to give this decade-old compilation a spring clean.The newly upgraded Psycho-Sonic features vastly improved sound quality on all tracks, with many presented in ear-blistering true stereo remixes, but taken from the actual tape the band recorded onto, and mastered with Big Beat's customarily sensitive mastering. The set's sequencing and flow have also been improved, delivering an entertaining and invigorating program from start to finish. Track for track, the first half-hour of this disc is the wildest, most visceral rock 'n' roll listen you're ever likely to have. Also included is a far more in-depth overview of the group's career by reissue producer Alec Palao, based on fresh, first-hand interviews with the band and their associates, including the legendary Sonics' lead singer/songwriter/screamer Jerry Roslie. The revamped package also includes a feast of unseen outtakes from the band's famed photo sessions - photographer Jini Dellaccio granted us full access to her incredible archive of Sonics pictures - plus the usual memorabilia and label shots. For Sonics, start here.

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All that distortion
Harry F. Myhre | Stevenson Ranch, Ca USA | 03/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was like 12 years old when I first heard the Sonics while growing up in Seattle. People in seattle were really proud of The Sonics, The Wailers. Seattle was pretty much a backwater town in the early sixties. The Seattle World's Fair started to change that image.

I think what I remember most about the Sonics was all that distortion in their music. Lots of groups were experimenting with "fuzz" guitar and bass... The Beatles, the Stones. I wouldn't be surprised that the group "Blue Cheer" was influenced by The Sonics and The Wailers.."