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Album Review

The Stillroven may be an unknown quantity to most listeners — even those specializing in '60s music — but these 18 songs are all well worth hearing for anyone who enjoys not just garage punk music of the era, but also solid mid-'60s pop/rock. Based on what's here, the Stillroven should have had a shot at national exposure and a major-label contract — an opinion likely shared by anyone favorably inclined toward the type of American band that would cover the music of the early (i.e., pre-psychedelic) Moody Blues. (Add to that the fact that the Stillroven's rendition of "And My Baby's Gone" — which was a potential follow-up to their single "Hey Joe" and gives some indication of their range — is, if anything, more energetic than the Moodies' original.) And their ventures into psychedelia, such as "Cast Thy Burden Upon the Stone," are filled with strange little touches — the latter melds sitar flourishes and garage punk textures successfully into a compelling whole, with some influences of early Pink Floyd showing up in the second half, totally out of left field. And they do a version of the Small Faces' "Tell Me Have You Ever Seen Me" that is worth the price of admission, coming from a Minnesota-spawned band. They were also able to cover the Yardbirds' psych-pop single "Little Games" with greater enthusiasm than the Yardbirds themselves, and their version has an edge that the original lacked in the verses, even if the break isn't quite as technically bold as what Jimmy Page and company did. Their version of "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" is also well worth the listening time, familiar as the song is, for the abandon of their execution. And the Stillroven covers of the Rolling Stones and Love material are similarly impressive, showing off different attributes of their musicianship. All through this collection, it's clear that the Stillroven knew how to translate their best musical impulses as well as a lot of creative performance flourishes to their recordings without sacrificing energy or excitement. What the Stillroven lacked was an individual sound that was sufficiently memorable to make a lingering impression, and they might well not have fared too much better than they did, even with some national exposure. But as interpreters, and undoubtedly as a live band, they were first-rate, and this collection does distill that virtue down successfully from 40 years back.

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Includes Every Rare Single Side Plus a Load of Previously Unissued Cuts!

Blasting out of the fertile rock ’n’ roll soil of the upper midwest in ’66, Minnesota’s Stillroven were bona fide teen sensations in their hometown of Minneapolis. They tried to make it a nationwide fanclub . . . their single version of “Hey Joe" even managed to scrape the bottom of the charts. But there’s a whole lot more to their story than this one lone shot at stardom, and Sundazed is here to tell it to ya’ with this first ever Stillroven compilation! Including every rare single side plus a load of previously unissued cuts, it’s the biggest ’60s teen-garage-punk-BANG your buck can buy!!! Proof positive that long, crappy winters spawn the kind of frustration that can only find release in raunchy, high-attitude garage-rock. The pride of Minneapolis before Prince reached puberty, the Stillroven were the epitome of '60s teen musical angst, and now they're ours to share with lucky you. If you like this artist you might want to check out the New Colony Six, the Groupies and the Gants - all available on iTunes courtesy of Sundazed Music!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

The band known as the Stillroven began in the Minneapolis suburb of Robbinsdale, MN. It was 1965, and their original name was "the Syndicate," a name they thought should be changed when original guitarist Mark Moorhead left the band in 1966. The original lineup also consisted of bassist Rock Peterson, guitarist John Howarth, keyboardist Dave Dean, and drummer Phil Berdahl. When Moorhead left, they recruited Dan Kane to take his spot and changed their name, eventually recording "She's My Woman"/"(I'm...
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