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The Frantics - Live and Unreleaseddotdotdot
artworkThis release features previously unreleased very really early recordings from a Northwest legend. The Frantics are perhaps best known for "Werewolf," but before developing that sound, they were a classic Northwest combo steeped in the R&B of Dave Lewis. A remarkable stereo document!
Picks: Bumble Boogie, Never On Sunday, Dave Lewis Thing, My Three Sons, Unknown Instrumental, The Charleston, The Eagle Speaks, Unknown Instrumental, Lover, The Eagle Speaks

Track by Track Review


Hideaway dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a modest and respectful rendering of Freddy King's tune. It has a small Northwest combo sound and feel, and is a little stiff.

Bumble Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Covering B. Bumble and the Stingers' "Bumble Boogie" with tasteful reverence and spunk. Piano lead with bouncing rhythm. Not quite as cool as the hit, but darn fun.

One Mint Julep dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Done by a plethora of Northwest bands, "One Mint Julep" is easy and soulful in a white working class sort of way.

Never On Sunday dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an easy rock version of Manos Hadjidakis's hit song. Sax lead and an easy going backtrack.

Dave Lewis Thing dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

It seems like every Northwest band covered Dave Lewis' R&B keyboard magic. I don't recognize the melody, but it is at least a tribute to Dave. An excellent period instro.

My Three Sons dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Yeah, it doesn't get better than a rock band covering the theme to My Three Sons! Organ and sax trade leads while the band bounces through a spirited and entirely fun rhythm track. "My Three Sons" is too cute not to be enjoyed.

Unknown Instrumental dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

It seems none remembers the title of this instro, and that includes me, though it has a familiar ring. Jazzy and saucy, with guitar lead and organ whir. Very easy to enjoy.

The Charleston dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Fast and spunky, with sax lead. The Frantics romp through this classic from the twenties. It's all spunk and fun. The piano break rips!

The Eagle Speaks dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Eagle Speaks" is a raucous upbeat number with frantic drums and jazz bass. It's a high spirited Bill Doggett song. The band use it to introduce band members.

Unknown Instrumental dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is verging on surf, with lovely island chords and muted rhythm patterns. I think this actually has a title because it's a familiar melody, but I certainly cannot place it. Splendid!

Lover dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a fast, sort of European thing. It's a Buddy Merrill romper played with intense energy and bounce. Double picked at times, and picked very fast. Quite nice!

The Eagle Speaks dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is another take of "The Eagle Speaks." Just as spirited, and it features frantic drumming. You can really tell on this track that Cozy Cole was an influence.