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During the early '70s, as radio rock was inching toward hyper-production and progressively arranged song structures, this Northern California quintet was taking the Anglophile route with jangly 12-string guitars and Beatles-inspired harmonies. The Wackers' 1971 debut album, Wackering Heights, was produced by Gary Usher, which is why many of these songs sound like branches from The Byrds’ family tree. Check out the flawless three-part folk-rock harmonies in “Body Go Round” and the summery opener “Travelin’ Time” (plus the Chris Bell–sounding backing vocals in the second verse). Their groovy and glammy rendition of Otis Blackwell’s “Don’t Be Cruel” boogies harder than both the Elvis and Cheap Trick covers, while “Strangers” treads on early Bee Gees territory with lush string arrangements and a fanciful vocal congruency that sounds like the kind of close harmonies that could only come from blood siblings. The rootsy “Don’t Put Down the Singer” flirts with L.A. canyon-twang without going full country-rock.

Customer Reviews

One of the seventies' best!

This is one of my favorite albums. Great country rockish vibe with a little Badfinger thrown in. Great lyrics, harmonies and melodies. The only problem is the mastering. It leaves a lot to be desired. My old vinyl LP sounded great!!....this "remaster"....not so much. The music overcomes the shoddy remastering job some guy did on this release, but just barely. I wish it would be remastered again by someone who knows what they're doing.

Favs of the 70

The Wack Pack was one of my favorite songwriting bands when I was first coming up in the music business. Harmonies as rich as any Beachboys, CSNY or BeeGees song. And the songwriting was filled with hooks like i'd never heard before. Last week I was driving back form Point Reyes in Northern California along 101 with this album blasting as loud as I could get it.....I felt like I was In High school again. Really The Wackers where the predicessors to the Cheap Trick sound and stylings. Loud guitars and lyrical hooks that begged you to sing a long.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Short-lived, modestly popular band that played in the Liverpool style, although they weren't from Liverpool or the surrounding area. They cut a total of three singles, one for Oriole and two for Pye's Piccadilly subsidiary, of which the best was the second, a cover of "Love Or Money." By 1965, when they packed it in as a recording act with the single "The Girl Who Wanted Fame," the band's sound had taken...
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