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While Raw and Live indeed feels the way it should, given the title, the album was actually recorded in 1968 by garage band pioneers The Seeds live in a studio, not in a venue with screaming fans. (Those almost-random swells of crowd noise were added later.) However, the band clearly worked some magic during the sessions, and Sky Saxon’s feral snarl on “Gypsy Plays His Drums” and the steaming, runaway organ of “Escape” take on a different thrill knowing they were done in one take, live to tape. The slow and steady anticipation of “Up in Her Room” is so palpable, it feels like it fed off a club full of hormonal young people hoping not to go home alone. The excitement in the pulsating “Pushin’ Too Hard” feels utterly authentic—the keyboard riffs are gorgeous—and tunes like “Night Time Girl” and “900 Million People…” are reminders of The Seeds’ influence; contemporary bands like Clinic have clearly done their homework.

Customer Reviews

They got talent

The bass/key board guy(Daryl Hooper) Is my Guitar teacher. He is very talented and has helped me became a intermediate guitar player. Most reviews say they are terrible don't listen to them, they got talent.

Great 60s Punk Pioneers

Great to hear some well recorded live versions of one of the first grunge/punk bands. RIP Sky! Easily one of the best raw-primitive bands of the '60s!

The Seeds

These guys played at my high school graduation all night party in 1969, and they were just as bad live as they were on vinal.


Formed: 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Best known for their rock & roll standard "Pushin' Too Hard," the Seeds combined the raw, Stonesy appeal of garage rock with a fondness for ragged, trashy psychedelia. And though they never quite matched the commercial peak of their first two singles, "Pushin' Too Hard" and "Can't Seem to Make You Mine," the band continued to record for the remainder of the '60s, eventually delving deep into post-Sgt. Pepper's psychedelia and art rock. None of their new musical directions resulted in another hit...
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