Various highs in the mid sixties volume 5 michigan

Compilation albums of this sort are typically a mixed bag at best, but the thrill of discovering, or rediscovering, some forgotten gem by a one-shot band from the '60s will satisfy the record geek in anyone. And, with this series of records put together by the folks behind the Pebbles anthologies, you get all of the fun without doing the dirty work of rummaging through endless record bins. A fairly focused collection, Highs in the Mid Sixties, Vol. 9: Ohio focuses on bands from Ohio. The vast variety of one-shot bands gives you the feeling that every kid with a guitar and a garage recorded a song or two at some point. Earlier volumes of the series have been devoted to Chicago, Michigan, the Northwest, and the South, but even with the geographical distinctions, the sounds all linger in the same lightly psychedelic garage atmosphere. The album skips more famous Ohio acts such as the Outsiders , Choir, and McCoys in favor of lesser-known efforts. Featuring contributions from artists such as Bocky & the Visions and Tree Stumps, many will likely be unfamiliar even to listeners from Ohio. Fortunately, the anonymous nature of the tracks doesn't detract from the album; in fact, the mixtape vibe is part of its charm. The Denims offer up a hip-shaking romp through a (perhaps imaginary) high school craze number with the Gentrys -esque, "Adler Sock." Cover songs were a staple in the '60s, so it's no surprise to find bands offering their takes on "Hey Joe" and "Stepping Stone" along the way. Gillian Row's take on "Gloria" is fairly straightforward, with the singer sounding particularly ragged during the bridge, adding a slightly darker tone to the popular song. The Squires get surfy -- and noisy -- during "Batmobile." This fun number is accented with strange background sound and crowd chatter, perhaps meant to simulate a drag strip race setting. The songs mostly have a very similar sound largely based around ramshackle imitations of British Invasion and surf/rockabilly hitmakers of the era such as the Rolling Stones , Sonics , Dick Dale , and Eddie Cochran . Healthy amounts of youthful enthusiasm more than make up for -- and, in many cases, enhance -- the album's lo fidelity and occasional sloppiness. Among the better-known garage rock groups included on the album are Youngstown's Human Beinz (of "Nobody But Me" fame), this time appearing with their version of "Evil Hearted You."

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