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Live At Mirage 1990

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Album Review

Featuring mostly original members, the Litter did a reunion concert at the Mirage bar in Minneapolis on September 19, 1990, preserved on this 74-minute disc. As way-after-the-fact reunion albums go, this has to rank way up there; they (and particularly singer Denny Waite) sound a lot like they did in the 1960s, sticking largely to covers from their Distortions LP and '60s garage band/blues/British Invasion covers, though "Action Woman" of course is the opening number. As to whether this is actually preferable to or as good as the original Litter discs, well, of course not. It's nothing to be ashamed of, though; it's actually listenable, which is more than you can say for almost any other project of this sort.

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Legendary ‘60s garage rockers reunite for a 1990 live date

Twenty years after these ‘60s garage-punk legends packed it in, they got back together to play a one-off live gig at a club in their native Minneapolis. Reaching back past their hard- and psych-rock evolution to their punk-rock roots, the group, with original lead vocalist Denny Waite in fine voice, launches their reunion with the signature “Action Woman,” and then reels off a string of well-picked period covers, including British Invasion titles from the Who, Small Faces, Yardbirds, Zombies and Spencer Davis Group, and blues tunes from Otis Rush and Mose Alison. The band plays tight, hard and loud, just as you might imagine they did in 1967 when their first album, Distortions, was released. This sounds more like a talented, stylish and well-rehearsed cover band than aging garage-rockers reliving their glory years. It’s no “Substitute” for the band’s original albums, particularly the debut, but it’s a nice coda to their career. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]


Formed: 1966

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

One of Minneapolis' most popular '60s bands, the Litter are most well-known for their classic 1967 garage rock single "Action Woman." With its demonic fuzz/feedback guitar riffs and cocky, snarling lead vocal, it was an archetype of the tough '60s garage rock favored by fans of the Pebbles reissue series. In fact, the single, which got some airplay in Minnesota in early 1967 and then was largely forgotten, didn't reach an international audience until it became cut one, Side One on Volume One of Pebbles...
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