V.A. - South Michigan Avenue

Though the ’60s garage band explosion was felt in every corner ofthe country, the local uprising of talent in Chicago thrived unlike anywhere else. The Windy City had the perfect infrastructure in place; from a booming population of teenagers, to hip music stores in every suburb, a proliferation of teen clubs willing to take their money, and a powerhouse radio station (WLS) equally up to promoting local bands. When it came to giving local groups a shot at 45 rpm fame, no Chicago label—not even the hallowed Dunwich Records—was more prolific than USA Records. USA’s Jim Golden was such a strong supporter of Midwest talent that he started up a second label focused solely in this area, Destination Records. A quarter century into the CD age, it’s hard to believe these pivotal labels have never been properly anthologized. Until now, that is! Sundazed once again arrives to the rescue with an exhaustive dive into the pure, undiluted garage side of USA and Destination Records; tapping into everything from priceless artifacts from the Lost Agency, the Foggy Notions, and Park Avenue Playground to label hitmakers the Buckinghams, the Cryan’ Shames, and the Flock at their most rockin’. There’s so much impossibly great music on these labels, we had to expand this collection to 40 tracks. The album artwork is stuffed with rare photos, band bios, and an interview with the legendary Jim Golden. For a full course of Chicago ’66 garage at its finest, look no further than 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60’s Garage & Psychedelia from USA and Destination Records!


V.A. - The Fenton Story

Bosshoss. Another from garagepunk.
Re upped fromo Choco.
30 killers - rare from 60s.



V.A. - Fuzz Guitars Garage Beats Vol. 2

The cover is not that good...the musiq is beauuuutifuuuu(zzz)l.

As I said once:
Can you say fuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?


V.A. - New Orleans Garage Band Greats Vol. 1

Cause our partner (Chocoreve) the old bomb dropper is not available these days...I ll do some re-post of the stuff that you could find in his blog.


The Creation - Midway Down (UK, 1968)

The Creation made far more impact on the Continent, where two albums were issued, than in the UK. Both albums are good, containing many of their singles and other strong material such as Hey Joe, Nightmares and Can I Join Your Band?:-
'Can I join your band
I'm a hippy guy
Always stoned
And eight miles high'
(from Can I Join Your Band?)
-Vernon J. source-

The Creation - For All That I am (UK, 1968)

They made a further single, For All That I Am/Uncle Bert, which was not released in Britain, before splitting in the Summer of 1968.

Dedicated to Sarah

V.A.: Garage Punk Unknowns Part 1

Kickass comp, you ll find more in the Paradaise of Garage Comps



The Riot Squad (UK, 1965/67)

This Liverpool band underwent several personnel changes in their three year career and enjoyed quite a prolific 45 output, though no commercial success. They were usually a six-piece and their music was predominantly beat and R&B. Mitch Mitchell (later of Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames and The Jimi Hendrix Experience) was one of their drummers and Jon Lord was their keyboard player after leaving The Artwoods and prior to forming Deep Purple. David Bowie was also a member for a brief period in '65, although he didn't take part in any of their recordings, and has only been connected with the band via a publicity shot from the period... Aside from these subsequent prestigious associations their other claim to fame was to have appeared on a couple of episodes of 'Emergency Ward 10' - not playing their songs, though!

All of their 45s are now minor collectables. Cry Cry Cry and I Take It That We're Through were Joe Meek productions. Curiously, another Meek produced track, How Is It Done was later ripped off almost note for note and word for word as No Life Child by Keith Dangerfield.
Previous post about the Squad, here.



The Creation - Bonney Moroney (UK, 1968)


In 1968, Ronnie Wood (later of The Faces and Rolling Stones) replaced Phillips on guitar, although later that year the whole group disintegrated.