A handful of outstanding tracks book-ending some of the best forgotten bottom-end chart filler from the late '60s -- after the splendid fourth volume, Past & Present's latest installment takes a dip in quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.