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Album Review

The Sonics that Wailers bassist Buck Ormsby took into a small studio and unleashed on the world show a live band at the peak of its power, ready to mow down the competition without even blinking twice. Their debut long-player (originally issued on the Etiquette imprint) is reprised here with new liner notes by Norton prexy Miriam Linna in the original mono. The flame-throwing hits of "The Witch," "Psycho," "Boss Hoss," and "Strychnine" are aboard, along with versions of "Do You Love Me," "Dirty Robber," "Have Love Will Travel," and "Walkin' the Dog" that are no less potent. This long-play vinyl reissue also boasts the addition of four bonus tracks: "Keep a Knockin'" (the original B-side of "The Witch") and three selections from an Etiquette Christmas album, "Don't Believe in Christmas," "The Village Idiot," and "Santa Claus." Another important chunk of Seattle rock & roll history.

Customer Reviews

Finally! Here are the Sonics!

I've been waiting for this album to come to iTunes for over a year now since I first found the Vinyl in a bargain bin at my local Record store. The Sonics are punk before there was punk, an amazing band that should be a household name. Buy it and enjoy.


This has got to be the best Garage album ever to come out of the 60s. You can argue with me about it, but I don't care what anyone says, this album is the album to get if you want garage. Raw, High Energy, Fast and Loud! Still puts current garage bands to shame.

Raw as hell

One of the defining garage rock albums of all time. Pure rawness from beginning to end. Gerry Roslie sounds like he is about to shred out his vocal chords! The Sonics deserve just as much credit as bands like The Stooges and the MC5 do for helping to shape the sound of what would later be known as punk rock.


Formed: 1960 in Tacoma, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '00s, '10s

Of all the garage bands that made a glorious racket in the 1960s, few if any were louder, wilder, or more raw than the Sonics, a Tacoma, Washington quintet whose over the top style, complete with roaring guitars, pounding drums, and the fevered howls of lead singer Gerry Roslie, anticipated the mania of punk and pushed rock & roll deep into the red zone during their 1963-1966 heyday. The Sonics were stars in Washington, but it took a while for the rest of the world to catch on, and in time they would...
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