1.22.2009

Zakary Thaks: Face to Face (US, 1966/69)

One of several compilations all based on the same small amount of material, the 1995 compilation Face to Face collects both sides of all of the Corpus Christi, TX, group's 1966-1969 singles -- a total of 12 songs -- and two previously unissued tracks, "Footsteps Jam" and "The Mirror's Reflection."

The material is unquestionably first-rate U.S. garage-psych, far superior to most of the third-string teenage amateurs that litter the '60s collector market. (Sadly, most obscure local bands stayed obscure and local for a reason, a fact lost on many obscurantists.)


´In particular, 1967's relatively ornate "Mirror of Yesterday," which sounds like a louder garage version of a song from Bee Gees 1st, and the psychedelized hard rock of "Green Crystal Ties" are excellent. Unfortunately, the two unreleased tracks add little to the group's legend, although "Footsteps Jam" has a cool overdriven guitar sound, and unfortunately, the sound is lo-fi and shoddy even by the standards of this kind of budget reissue of poorly maintained tapes. Form the Habit from 2001 sounds much better, but it uses alternate mixes on some songs, making Face to Face perhaps a better choice for purists who don't mind the noise. (1995 re issue with bonus tracks)

FACE TO FACE
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8 comments:

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

grab it! No Passw-
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highly recommended
also check their previous post
form the habbit... in the garage infancy

Anonymous said...

Great Music this group is great! Thank You

Roadrunner said...

jajaja lo estoy subiendo en este preciso momento,jajaja ya lo mando pa´tras...buen disco justo para este blog..un abrazo

Brian said...

Thee best blog period!! Thanks for posting all this!!!

hotrodmike said...

Holy Smokes, these guys were good. Thanks for posting this one.

Pablo Cazorla (aka The Bomber) said...

this band was smoking hot !
bytheway...lovely pic you have hotrodmike!

hotrodmike said...

Thanks! It really is my hot rod. Thanks for some amazing tunes, my friend.

Al said...

Hola Pablo, siempre estoy que lo llevo y siempre le doy prioridad a otras, pero hoy le llegó el turno.Conozco sus canciones,pero como vi que estaban las tapas hoy me armo de el.Gracias por esto