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Collection: Kim Fowley - Lost Treasures From The Vaults 1959-69 Volume One - Another Man's Golddotdotdot
artworkKim Fowley is one of rock'n'roll's chameleon wizards. His output is broad and ranges from brilliant to garbage, with plenty of serious gold and lots of gimmicky tracks as well. This edition features 5 instros, including a couple of real gems.
Picks: The Blue-Bells - Moccasin, Johnny C and the Blazes - Inferno, Kim and the Skippers - Daybreaker, The Renegades - Charge, The U. S. Rockets - Bodacious

Track by Track Review


The Blue-Bells - Moccasin dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Moccasin" is a delightful song with a vacation feeling and almost breezy sound. Tribal drums and island guitars are much more tropical than Indian. Quite nice.

Johnny C and the Blazes - Inferno dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Brash cheerleader opening with big dry double picked guitar supports an organ melody that's slightly Bedouin. "Inferno" is thoroughly unusual, combining a sort of high school big band sound with jazzy organ and surfish guitar.

Kim and the Skippers - Daybreaker dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This simple and totally cool intro was penned by Hollywood legend and weirdo Kim Fowley and future Byrds member Skip Batten. It's part piano rock, part organ rock, and it has all the coolness and energy of B. Bumble and the Stingers and Johnny and the Hurricanes.

The Renegades - Charge dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Opening with a trumpet blasting out the charge, and covered with woodblock horse hooves, this two chord wonder with a spiffy melody riff is both a fifties backwoods marvel and a presurf tune waiting for a decent reverb treatment. The plinky piano is so Leon Russell (though he isn't credited). ""Charge"" was included in the soundtrack to The Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow.

The U. S. Rockets - Bodacious dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Employing an overused bass-rhythm guitar riff, a bunch of surf whammy, and a jam structure, this is a mean track, in the spirit of the Novas' "The Crusher," but slower and more menacing. The nasty sax break is classic rock growl.