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The title of this compilation is a bit misleading in that the Master’s Apprentices were still active after 1968, but this 23-song-deep collection covers the Australian band’s best garage rock and freakbeat recordings. Following songwriter/rhythm guitar player Mick Bower’s departure in 1967, various line-up changes resulted in flowery hippie pop, progressive rock and proto-metal. “Undecided” opens with mod-friendly maximum R&B sounding like something spawned by the Pretty Things and the Misunderstood before the “Paint It Black”-inspired “But One Day” rocks with darker melodies. They turn Bo Diddley’s “Dancing Girl” into the kind of maraca-dappled rave-up that well-dressed teenagers on Carnaby Street would groove to all night long during swinging London’s heyday. Similarly, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B Goode” gets the go-go treatment, not too unlike Shadows Of Knight’s hep take on Berry’s “Let It Rock.” Even more ambitious covers of the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” and the Animals’ “Inside Looking Out” get cleverly covered — the former with a slow and sultry strut and the latter with a demure cool akin to the Creation.

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Hit and miss

Seems that MA has garage band appeal, but sometimes their enthusiasm gets in the way of their playing ability. It's a little rough around the edges, but some people are looking for that. Listen to the sound clips carefully and cherry pick your favorites. Poor Boy wants to be another Gloria and there is a slow version of the Beatles' I Feel Fine. It's pretty good alternative to the fab 4's hit, but the vocals need to sync up better on the turn around. I almost bought it. I did get Hot Gully Wind, and But One Day.


Formed: 1965

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

One could easily make the case for designating the Masters Apprentices as the best Australian rock band of the '60s. Featuring singer Jim Keays and songwriter/rhythm guitarist Mick Bower, the band's earliest recordings combined the gritty R&B/rock of Brits like the Pretty Things with the minor-key melodies of the Yardbirds. The compelling "Wars or Hands of Time" and the dreamy psychedelia of "Living in a Child's Dream" were undiscovered classics, although the latter was a Top Ten hit in Australia....
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