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Alive Records continues to please garage, punk and power-pop fans with the release of digitally re-mastered recordings by the Breakaways, another flash of brilliance headed by Paul Collins (the Beat) and Peter Case (the Plimsouls). Before Case and Collins formed their respective bands, and after the demise of the groundbreaking Nerves, the duo spent a year in L.A. trying to sculpt the perfect power-pop band out of a variety of musicians and material. The songs here — demos, rehearsal sessions, etc. — pulse with the enormous talent of these two mavericks, each undoubtedly struggling for leadership. They never released a record or toured, but it’s clear from future Beat and Plimsouls tracks (“I Don’t Fit In,” “Walking Out On Love,” and “USA” for the former, “Everyday Things,” the latter), to raucous and raw Breakaways originals like “Radio Station,” “Little Suzy” and “Will You Come Through,” that the duo had a golden touch. Melding new punk energy with a vintage, Everlys-meets-British Invasion sensibility was sheer genius; precious few bands have rivaled the artistry of the Collins/Case partnership since then.

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Power pop missing link between the Nerves, Beat and Plimsouls

Hot on the heels of Alive’s first-ever formal reissue of the Nerves EP and a rare live set, comes this volume of demos cut by Peter Case and Paul Collins in between the demise of the Nerves and the formation of their respective bands, the Plimsouls and the Beat. As with the Nerves, Collins started out on drums and Case on bass, with various guitarists pressed into action for cassette- and home-made reel-to-reel recording sessions. Case and Collins handled the vocals and eventually took on guitar duties as well. The recordings vary in quality, but the enthusiasm of power-pop pals playing and singing their hearts out easily transcends moments of mono muddiness and under-mixed vocals. The thirteen songs include a few that had been recorded by the Nerves such as “One Way Ticket” and “Working Too Hard,” as well as originals that would become staples for the Plimsouls (“Everyday Things”) and Beat (“I Don’t Fit In,” “Let Me Into Your Life,” “USA” and “Walking Out on Love”). Even more interesting to fans are the originals that didn’t make it past these rough demos. “Radio Station” features the deep reverb guitar and impassioned vocal Case would perfect with the Plimsouls, “Will You Come Through?” has the ringing guitar of a P.F. Sloan folk rocker, and “House on the Hill” shows off Case’s rock ‘n’ soul sound. In addition to the songs Collins would re-record with the Beat, he offers the driving drums and Everly-styled harmonies of “Little Suzy” and the rhythm-guitar propelled “Do You Want to Love Me?” As Collins notes in the liners, “this is the sound of pop on the streets of Los Angeles circa 1978, no money, no deals, just the burning desire to make something happen in a town without pity.” Case and Collins approached these sessions with the unbridled passion and total dedication of musicians without masters – no label, no audience, no radio stations, no managers or agents, just the muse of pop music. The recordings may be fuzzy in spots, but the invention is clear as a chiming bell. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 27, 2009

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