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The Matadors: Get Down From the Tree!

If there's one European beat group from the mid-'60s worth investigating, it's these guys. The 24 tracks on this essential collection chart the group's evolution from moody Mod-beat movers to psych-blues rockers.

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Lumerians: Transmalinnia

As you immerse yourself in this mesmerizing sci-fi soundtrack of the imagination, expect to be transported to the beautiful yet terrifying end of the universe.

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Gardens: Gardens

Rooted in a post-punk hotbed of throbbing, thrashing bass, this debut album blossoms into an adrenaline rush of artful, angular garage-rock.

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The Sails: A Headful of Stars

The London-based multi-instrumentalist continues his heady journey into a mid-'60s psychedelic soundscape awash with swirling sitars, backwards-looped tape and chiming guitars.

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T-Model Ford and Gravelroad: Taledragger

On superb retellings of blues staples, the fuzzy, thick-as-molasses reverb-fueled blues-rock-chug of the trio menacingly oozes behind the Ford's blacker-than-blue cracked growl. The crossroads at midnight is never far from your mind.

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Redondo Beat: Meet Redondo Beat

A glossy, reverential pop record that gradually moves away from cruisin', top-down power-pop and heads back to a time when the likes of Duane Eddy, Danny and the Juniors, Paul Anka, and Conway Twitty ruled the roost.

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Various Artists: Piccadilly Sunshine Part Four

Lazy trumpets, tinkling harpsichords, shimmying Mod-psych organ and glorious guitar fuzz herald forgotten classics as the gray streets of late-'60s Britain magically blossomed into a lysergic Edwardian wonderland of the imagination.

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