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Though its modern-day connotation means something quite the opposite in terms of flattery, the Knickerbockers in their heyday were the ultimate bar band. With a stripped-down lineup of guitar, bass, drums, and tenor saxophone and all four members singing, their repertoire truly "covered the waterfront." Their harmonies were gorgeous, fuller and sharper than your average self-contained band, and their collective ear for mimicry was unparalleled. When they recorded a deadly accurate Beatle sound-alike original, "Lies," for the tiny Challenge label, it started zooming up the charts, and the band seemed poised for multi-talented stardom. Alas, it was not to be, but certainly not for lack of talent. This definitive 36-track two-disc set documents — if not the best the group had to offer — at the very least, the best they were allowed to commit to magnetic tape, and spotlights their many strong points (impeccable harmonies, a solid-as-a-brick rhythm section, and a willingness to adapt to different types of material thrust upon them). We'll never really know what the Knickerbockers were ultimately capable of, but this collection shows that even when their rockin' locomotive was put on a single direction track, they still had much to contribute. A one-hit group, perhaps, but one with more talent than chart success, that much is obvious.

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Included in this trove of trax are hits, rare singles, first-time stereo cuts and more!

We've given you all the love taps, but now it's time for our one-two punch: the definitive, 36-track, double-CD behemoth that elevates the Knickerbockers to their deserved pre-eminent echelon in the '60s rock firmament. Included in this trove of trax are hits, rare singles, first-time stereo cuts and some killer stuff you've never heard before...the accompanying 20-page booklet oozes class and sass - the group tells their own story and shares unseen pix from their personal scrapbooks! Listen, the reissue world uses the word 'essential' the way bikers use NyQuil...but if one album belonts in the collection of every '60s music lover and power-pop maven, THIS IS IT!!!


Formed: 1964 in Bergenfield, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

In early 1966, the Knickerbockers hit the Top 20 with "Lies," the best and most accurate early Beatle imitation ever recorded; the lead vocals were a dead ringer for John Lennon and the whole production could have fit in snugly on the second side of A Hard Day's Night. Actually a frat rock band from New Jersey who didn't write much of their own material, they never made anything else as successful. A couple decent follow-ups -- "One Track Mind" and the similarly mock-British Invasion "High on Love"...
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