Glimpses Vol. 1 and 2 (Past and Present Records)


This two-volume garage rock compilation made the rounds on vinyl in the 1980s, and now it’s here on CD thanks to the good folks over at Past and Present Records. Unfortunately it sounds like they just transferred everything from vinyl rather than remastering from the original sources, marring the experience for audiophiles. Luckily, garage rock isn’t about pristine sonics. It’s about fuzzy guitars, three chords, farfisa organs, psychedelic sounds and stomping beats – all of which are found in abundance on Glimpses’ twenty-seven tracks. Garage-o-holics will probably recognize The Balloon Farm, Mouse and The Traps and The Buckinghams, but there are plenty of lesser-known joys here like The Mystic Tyde who stun with “Mystery Ship”, “Rainbow Chaser” from The Troyes and “Don’t Lose Your Mind”, an excellent psych-punk rager from The Galaxies IV. These types of garage rock comps are a dime a dozen, but Glimpses simply delivers a better class of songs.

Tracklisting:

DISC ONE

1.THE BALLOON FARM A Question Of Temperature

2.THE ILLUSION City Of People

3.THE NINTH STREET BRIDGE Wild Illusions

4.MOUSE & THE TRAPS Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice

5.NITE PEOPLE Hot Smoke And Sasafrass

6.THE MAURAUDERS Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

7.THE BUCKINGHAMS Don’t Want To Cry

8.THE WELLINGTON ARRANGEMENT Love

9.THE YORKSHIRES And You’re Mine

10.THE TROYES Rainbow Chaser

11.THE ROY SORENSEN GROUP If You Could Read Me

12.WESTMINIST’R My Life

13.THE RUINS The End

DISC TWO

1.GALAXIES IV Don’t Loose Your Mind

2.THE PASTELS ’Cause I Love You

3.THE BAROQUES I Will Not Touch You

4.BETTER SWEET Like The Flowers

5.COUNT AND THE COLONY Can’t You See

6.THE MAURAUDERS Nightmare

7.THE BARRACUDA The Dance At St.Francis

8.WESTMINIST’R Bright Lights Windy City

9.HOPI AND THE BEAU HEEMS I Missed My Cloud

10.THE MYSTIC TIDE Mystery Ship

11.THE TROYES Help Me Find Myself

12.THE CONTINENTAL CO-ETS I Don’t Love You No More

13.THE BAROQUES Remember

14.THE TROYES Love Comes, Love Dies

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