The Live Ones! (Previously Unissued Live Recordings from Michigan State University, 1966)
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||Mr. Nobody||The Standells||3:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Why Did You Hurt Me||The Standells||2:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Why Pick On Me||The Standells||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Gloria||The Standells||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White||The Standells||2:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dirty Water||The Standells||2:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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.
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!
Formed: 1962 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s, '10s