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The Sonics - Busy Body!!! Live In Tacoma 1964dotdotdot
artworkThere are times on this CD when you can just hear the legendary grit and raw garage edge developing that The Sonics are famous for, but much of this is fairly tame, and there are a number of instrumentals, as was the way of King and Pierce Counties in the early-mid sixties. Busy Body!!! Live In Tacoma 1964 is a fascinating glimpse into the world before "Cinderella" and "Psycho."
Picks: In The Open, Tall Cool One, Goin' Back To Granny's, Busy Body, Night Train, Tough Walk, Busy Body

Track by Track Review


In The Open dotdotdot
Blues Rock (Instrumental)

Freddie King's "In The Open" is turned into a thundering club number at the Gaslight Teen Club. It rocks and grooves.

Tall Cool One dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Egads! The Sonics completely rock out on The Wailers' jazzy classic "Tall Cool One!"

Goin' Back To Granny's dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Punchy and sax-raw, and a lot more edgy than The Viceroys' original for sure.

Busy Body dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Reminiscent of Dave 'Baby' Cortez at times, "Busy Body" is a tuff riff rocker in the purest frat sense. Pretty darn fun!

Night Train dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

What a raw, tuff version of "Night Train!" The sax wails, the drums simply pound, and the band rocks out! Wow!

Number X dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Number X" is a set ender, designed to take thee band off stage. Very short and punchy!

Tough Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Wailers' "Tough Walk" is raspy and piano rocked. It's a spunky frat rocker with a jammin' feel.

Busy Body dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The drums really pound as this second set version of "Busy Body" rocks the stage. very tuff!