As might be expected from an album whose participants’ music covers the last half of the sixties, influences are all over the place. While the music is indeed from the psychedelic era, blues, folk, and pop fans will find much to their liking.
The album opens strong with the Third Power’s ‘Get Together,’ which compares favorably with Cream or Hendrix. Other highlights include Notes from the Underground’s ‘Where I’m At,’ which marries a Question Mark-type piano figure with a fuzzed out guitar and sub Beach Boys ‘Smile’ background vocals. Meanwhile Notes from the Underground’s ‘Why Did You Put Me On’ also included here, almost sounds like a different band. A garage-flavored hammond-driven masterpiece, any fans of the Tell Tale Hearts or Fuzztones need this in their collection. Also particularly striking is the Vagrants ‘I Can’t Make a Friend’ a keyboard fronted, Motown styled stomper, with a terrific half time middle eight.
The album careens between lighter fare and heavy numbers. It’s no coincidence that it opens and closes with the latter, and it’s no coincidence that both songs hail from Detroit. The closer is the Frost’s ‘Big Time Spender,’ which clearly shows the way Frost would soon take with Alice Cooper. There is lighter fare as well, such as the Family of Apostolic’s ‘Saigon Girls,’ a near Baroque instrumental guitar, strings and horns-laden number that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a Left Banke album, though minus the moans and screams overdubbed towards the end.
However, the albums top track is the Far Cry’s unhinged blues ‘Hellhound.’ There is stellar guitar and harp work, but the over-the-top vocals sell the song on top of a groove that’s begging to be sampled. Captain Beefheart would be proud.
These are just a few of the unearthed delights to be found on this excellent compilation. The tracks collected onÂ Follow Me Down may be obscure, but this is a solid mix of bands and songs, with enough variety to make even a jaded collector take notice. If you’re fan in the slightest of sixties rock music, this disc is an essential addition to your collection.