Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Garage Pop From '66: Mouse And The Traps - The Fraternity Years 1997 (Big Beat Records) Flac & mp3
Fraternity Years is the first Mouse & the Traps compilation of a truly official nature, taken right from the master tapes. The 25 tracks do miss a few of their least essential cuts, like the awful country novelty "Would You Believe," their mediocre final single for Bell, and the "Psychotic Reaction" single they recorded under the pseudonym of Positively 13 O'Clock.
But everything else is here, with the neat bonuses of a 1967 single credited to another pseudonym (Chris St. John) and seven interesting, previously unreleased sides, including the moving folk-rock-protest number "Nobody Cares" and a you-gotta-hear-it-to-believe-it cover of "You Are My Sunshine" (set to the arrangement of James Brown's "I Got You"!).
This is a fine Big Beat collection who makes a lot of fun. Fine garage pop from the sixties.
SB1 Flac p1 & Flac p2 - mp3@320