14 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Right before the ‘60s garage-rock revival and Paisley Underground movement took Southern California’s underground by storm, psychedelic rock legends the Misunderstood regrouped for Brokenroad. Tracked from 1981 to 1983 in Hollywood (but not released until 1999) these recordings filter the ‘60s through an ‘80s paradigm. So unlike 21st-century reunions by the Pretty Things or Arthur Lee and Love, Brokenroad has gone through two aging processes; the first being that some of these songs were first written in the ‘60s and the second being that their ‘80s take on the ‘60s now plays like something recorded by the Pandoras or the Three O’ Clock. “When the Prophet Comes” opens sounding like the soundtrack for the 1967 film Riot On Sunset Strip with anachronistic guitar leads turned up to 11. Where the 1966 recording of “Children of the Sun” bestows fuzz-guitar-dappled R&B rave-ups à la the Yardbirds, here the tune gets injected with a punk attack in the rhythm section. The first version of “No Survivors” (there are two) gets pumped through heavy-metal effects indicative of the era.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Right before the ‘60s garage-rock revival and Paisley Underground movement took Southern California’s underground by storm, psychedelic rock legends the Misunderstood regrouped for Brokenroad. Tracked from 1981 to 1983 in Hollywood (but not released until 1999) these recordings filter the ‘60s through an ‘80s paradigm. So unlike 21st-century reunions by the Pretty Things or Arthur Lee and Love, Brokenroad has gone through two aging processes; the first being that some of these songs were first written in the ‘60s and the second being that their ‘80s take on the ‘60s now plays like something recorded by the Pandoras or the Three O’ Clock. “When the Prophet Comes” opens sounding like the soundtrack for the 1967 film Riot On Sunset Strip with anachronistic guitar leads turned up to 11. Where the 1966 recording of “Children of the Sun” bestows fuzz-guitar-dappled R&B rave-ups à la the Yardbirds, here the tune gets injected with a punk attack in the rhythm section. The first version of “No Survivors” (there are two) gets pumped through heavy-metal effects indicative of the era.

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