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The Live Ones! (Previously Unissued Live Recordings from Michigan State University, 1966)

The Standells

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Album Review

All six of the songs on this 10" vinyl release were recorded live at Michigan State University in 1966, and were previously unissued. On the rare occasions when live recordings of bands such as the Standells are dredged up, the results are usually disappointing, both soundwise and performance-wise. Happily, this proves a remarkable exception to that norm. The fidelity is quite good — indeed better than many official live recordings of the time — and the Standells play well, reproducing the arrangements of their records pretty closely, though with some satisfying loose live energy. If just six songs from a 1966 Standells gig are available, this selection is about as good as you could wish for, with five of their best (or at least better) tunes: "Dirty Water," "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," "Why Did You Hurt Me," "Why Pick on Me," and "Mr. Nobody." There's also a cover of "Gloria," during whose middle spoken section the audience breaks out, for some probably always-to-be-unknown reason, into spontaneous applause. This is a very good collector-targeted release, and not one that you have to be an insane completist to enjoy.

Customer Reviews

AWESOME!

This is good because of Dirty Water. I like it cause it's about Boston and is a Red Sox song.

Late 60s Ruled

The true Rock Pioneers really took root in the late 60's: afraid to take a chance on gutsy, psuedo-alternative rock-pop? I think not. The Standells cranked out great stuff.

6 Blistering Unissued Tracks!

It's a Standells-fan's dream come true: those frustrated, rubble-born boys captured live in 1966, rampaging through 6 blistering unissued tracks—“Dirty Water” included! Check it out!

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Standells made number 11 in 1966 with "Dirty Water," an archetypal garage rock hit with its Stones-ish riff, lecherous vocal, and combination of raunchy guitar and organ. While they never again reached the Top 40, they cut a number of strong, similar tunes in the 1966-1967 era that have belatedly been recognized as '60s punk classics. "Garage rock" may not have been a really accurate term for them in the first...
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