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Various Artists – Wild Things (New Zealand Freakbeat 1966 - 1968) – New LP
Various Artists – Wild Things (New Zealand Freakbeat 1966 - 1968) – New LP
Various Artists – Wild Things (New Zealand Freakbeat 1966 - 1968) – New LP
Various Artists – Wild Things (New Zealand Freakbeat 1966 - 1968) – New LP
Various Artists – Wild Things (New Zealand Freakbeat 1966 - 1968) – New LP
Various Artists – Wild Things (New Zealand Freakbeat 1966 - 1968) – New LP
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Various Artists – Wild Things (New Zealand Freakbeat 1966 - 1968) – New LP

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Let's face it, these "great" 1960s comps often are mixed bags, but this one is chock full of nonstop great cuts.  I want to point out the standout cuts, but actually, I've listened to the entire set and a weak moment I can not find.  The biggest influences appear to be the Who, The Yardbirds, and the Pretty Things, and the Kinks. Fans of "Milk Cow Blues" need to hear the live version by Grim Ltd. that closes side one, clearly coming out of the Kinks version, and sitting so nice next to the versions by Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Dead Moon, Aerosmith, Pirates, Obits...  If you're looking for the mellow side of the psychedelic years, look elsewhere, this focuses on bands exploding at the axis of early/mid 1960s garage and 1965 freak out, but I can't help wonder if this is in chronological order, sounding like 1966 through most of this, but more like 1967 when you get deep into Side Two, the ending of this album especially drenched in the psychedelic drugs of this era, with the space rock of "Blast Off 1970" (the future!) by The Gremlins, and the more moody cuts by The Principals and The Troubled Mind, these cuts launching out The Roadrunners cover the Pretty Things' 1965 song "L.S.D," and concluding with Tomorrow's Love (likely a nod to both Love and Tomorrow) version of Love's 1966 "7 and 7 is."   For me, these cuts are great, but it's the punk garage numbers that fill most of this that really make me go crazy with happiness. The album is essential for so many, fans of 1960s garage, early punk, or 1960s psychedelic.  this is the shit. Completely killer compilation, all killer, no filler.   With great fold out insert. -- winch (green noise records)

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