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    Don't Press Your Luck! The In Sound Of 60's Connecticut

    Connecticut had a solid garage rock scene in the mid-'60s, and more than a few of the best bands in the region logged time at Wallingford's Trod Nossel Studios (aka Syncron Sound), a recording facility run by Thomas Doc Cavalier, truly an unlikely champion of local rock & roll. Cavalier was a successful dentist who gave up his practice to manage New England rockers the Bram Rigg Set and the Shags (not to be confused with the infamous Wiggin sisters), and when Syncron Sound (where both bands had recorded) fell on hard times, he bought the studio, changed the name, and turned it into a profitable business that's still running today.


    Don't Press Your Luck! collects material from a handful of New England acts who recorded at Trod Nossel and were overseen by Cavalier, and there's little arguing that the folks at the studio knew their stuff -- compared to many compilations of '60s garage rarities, these tracks sound lively and robust, crackling with teenage energy but recorded with a skill that didn't blunt the enthusiasm of the musicians. (Bob Irwin's superb remastering is also to be commended.) And the music is pretty great, too -- the Wildweeds' classic No Good to Cry (featuring a pre-NRBQ Al Anderson) is the standout here, but there's also some moody beat stuff from the Shags (Don't Press Your Luck, Hide Away), fuzztone-powered angst from the Bram Rigg Set (Sleepless Nights, You Don't Love Me, and a potent cover of Them's I Can Only Give You Everything), and intriguing weirdness from the misanthropic Fourth Ryke (Please Leave, You're Cutting Out).


    While you'd expect high goofiness from a group called Uranus and the Five Moons, their material is actually smart and adventurous (Nothing Remains, SSS Happenin' Here). Some radio spots recorded at Trod Nossel also make the cut, as does a demonstration of the wonders of multi-track recorded based around a session by the Shags. Garage fanatics and folks with a taste for Connecticut history will both find this set to be well worth investigating.

    1. I Can Only Give You Everything: Bram Rigg Set
    2. Don't Press Your Luck: The Shags
    3. Help Me: George's Boys*
    4. Too Many Lies: The Lively Ones*>
    5. Take the Time Be Yourself: Bram Rigg Set
    6. Hide Away: The Shags
    7. 'SSS' Happenin' Here: Uranus and the Five Moons*
    8. Sleepless Nights: The Ravens*
    9. You're Cutting Out: Fourth Ryke*
    10. I've Paid My Dues: The Bearies*
    11. Radio Spot: WAVZ Radio Jingle: The Shags
    12. No Good to Cry: The Wildweeds
    13. Think: The Lively Ones*
    14. I Can't Explain: Bram Rigg Set*
    15. Breathe in My Ear: The Shags
    16. Please Leave: Fourth Ryke*
    17. Radio Spot: Specter's Radio Ad: The Shags
    18. Nothing Remains: Uranus and the Five Moons*
    19. You Don't Love Me: Bram Rigg Set*
    20. Come Back to Me: The Shags*
    21. LUV: The Roadrunners*
    22. I'm Dreaming:The Wildweeds LP Bonus Track
    23. Your Groove: Uranus and the Five Moons LP Bonus Track
    24. Hey, Little Girl: The Shags LP Bonus Track
    25. Sticks and Stones: George's Boys* LP Bonus Track
    26. Bad News for Me: The Bearies* LP Bonus Track
    27. Make a Record with the Shags: The Shags*
    Various Artists
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