The Arkay IV: When We Was Younger Than Yesterday (US, 1966/68)

From Erie, Pennsylvania, they issued three 45s and an album (Marion 22595) between 1966-68. Their album has been reissued as The Mod Sounds Of... by Cicadelic (CICLP 1003) 1988, and also on CD by Collectables as Battle Of The Bands. This CD combines The Arkay IV's album and The Outcasts Meet The Outcasts! It contains 26 tracks including previously unreleased demos.

1966-style beat-garage with frat, folkrock and some Brill Building pop moves, more competent and pro-sounding than the genre average. Originals all the way, though their songwriting isn't that impressive. Some good tracks but not really top of the heap. An original copy with cover and insert sold for almost $5000 in 2001. The CD re is shared with the PA Outcasts, whose half actually is superior.
Melodic garage beat. Clean teen dance-o-rama fun with ringing surf-styled leads, fuzz, pounding drums, Hammond organ, and warm vocals.


Pablo"Pochola"Cazorla said...

pW: mza-garage.blogspot.com

esmenard.victor said...

Well, I can't resist all those mid-60s US groups, thank you.

Pablo"Pochola"Cazorla said...

thanks for your comments e.victor!
yes... i cant resist em either!

Javier said...

Totalmente de acuerdo con ambos, todos estos grupos no tienen desperdicio. En cuanto a mi comentario aparecido en el post de The Symbols, me equivoqué; me refería a TC Atlantic (MY BABE), me parecen cojonudos.
The Symbols son suaves efectivamente y en cuanto The Unique son fabulosos, tocan todos los palos y los tocan todos bien, un registro muy variado y muy logrado. Gracias y un saludo Pablo.

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Beat fan said...

Great post...amazing blog.. and just realized about those 300 000 visits...is that so?

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Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the chance to hear this, looks interesting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the Arkay IV! The roster of bands you've posted here--Detroit Wheels, Pretty Things, Los Shakers--reads like my desert island album list! You've got a great blog and many thanks for all the wonderful rock and roll.

Anonymous said...

Hello, From Uruguay Los Bulldogs (RCA VIK LZ 1135)1968 second LP


And Los Mockers



Pablo"Pochola"Cazorla said...

anonymous: thanks a lot man...

really great lps