My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Here Are The Sonics was recorded in late 1964 and released in 1965 on Northwest regional record label Etiquette records.
What I think: With it’s mix of rock n’ roll covers and Sonics originals, this raw album is what The Beatles may have sounded like if they were never able to polish their sound in Hamburg. The recordings are harsh, the screams of Roslie are unhinged, the music is fast, fun and when put together this all equals an amazing record. I have to believe that in an alternate universe, “Psycho” was as big as “Louie Louie”, it’s a shame that it wasn’t true in this one. I wanted to avoid the protopunk tag with this album, as I thought it was just straight ahead garage rock. That become impossible when I heard “Strychnine”! It’s aggressive, angry and sarcastic and has all of the makings of the punk that would come around ten years later. That being said, the whole album just has an element of enjoyment. Like they are playing these songs, because they are having fun and for no other reason.
Overall Thoughts: After hearing “Psycho” on The Current a couple of months back, I gave Introducing The Sonics a whirl and was disappointed. I’m glad this record came up in this project as it has not only properly introduced me to the magic of The Sonics, but has given me the chance to research some early garage rock in general.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is as close to a flawless album as you are going to get. There is nothing short of perfection here!
Rating (Out of 5): 5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (42/52)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 81%