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Album Review

This may be a lost album, but it might be stretching things to call it a "great" lost album. The Knickerbockers were a solid frat rock band from New Jersey who managed a fabulous Beatles pastiche with "Lies" in 1966, and nearly duplicated the feat with their follow-up, "One Track Mind." Unfortunately that was pretty much it. This collection of unreleased tracks and (mostly) stereo remixes does little to change the Knickerbockers' status as one-hit wonders. Not that anything here is patently bad, but aspirations aside, most of this album is truly forgettable. Worse, there is no version of "Lies" on this compilation, although you do get a stereo mix of "One Track Mind," and the previously unreleased "She Said Goodbye" has a wonderful Lennon-like veneer, circa 1965. The final two tracks, "What Does That Make You" and "My Feet Are off the Ground," show a little garage punk spirit that is refreshing, but ultimately this collection is for die-hard Knickerbockers fanatics only.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Bergenfield, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

In the wake of the British Invasion, plenty of American bands wished they could make like the Beatles, at least in terms of record sales. But from a musical standpoint, no one sounded quite so much like the Fab Four as the Knickerbockers on their biggest hit, 1965's "Lies," which brilliantly captured the sound of the Beatles' early period with its enthusiastic harmonies and tough but melodic guitar lines. While the band never quite repeated the feat, for years pranksters passed "Lies" off as a rare...
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