Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Link Cromwell and the Zoo - Crazy Like A Fox
|This is an early Lenny Kaye incarnation as Link Cromwell. New Brunswick, New Jersey was home. This is a lone surviving document of one night in 1966. From surf sounds to garage with a Northwest clean frat approach, this band sliced their covers with a fresh view. The sound is murky, but given it's source from a Scotch reel captured on a Webcor portable ambiently, it's really quite remarkable. "Gross Man" is a underbelly narrative over the "Batman" theme - pretty strange. Nearly every live track is introduced with "we'd like to do a song now..." No surf here, but the two instros are cool none the less.|
Picks: Zoo Theme, Green Onions
Track by Track Review
"Zoo Theme" is derivative of "Green Onions," but more like a Northwest variant. This live session has reasonably listenable sound simply because it's not all distorted. Band intros bridge the midsection. The stereo is ambient.
This is quite a low key garagie variant on Booker T. and the MG's' "Green Onions." It's nearly soft with an electric piano lead, and some reverb on the guitar. It's a jammin' thing that actually holds interest and leaves you satisfied. The guitar work is inspired period stuff, without the usual too-much-fuzz sound.