As I hinted at last month, if I was to really break it down, the majority of my annual ‘music spend’ goes towards various genre compilations; largely due to residing just a few miles from Amoeba Music. This, trust me, is both a blessing and curse as a number of the more interesting comps often seem to be imports, complete with the associated import prices. I’m making a point to feature more of these on AD as, amongst the clutter, there are some real finds. Competing with these sanctioned compilations are the unsanctioned, bootleg, variety which are often just as, if not more, interesting than their legit counterparts. The following is a bootleg compilation of vinyl rips of 1960s French Freakbeat tracks I happened upon several years ago (and originally posted in ’07).
Unfortunately, that is about the extent of my knowledge of the recordings as little information is to be found scouring the net. Although, I did like Metroactive Music’s apt description: “A rare bootleg collection that explores mid 1960s mod-influenced psychedelia of French bands that were paying strict attention to their British brethren, most notably The Small Faces.” Anyone with an ear and appreciation for sixties garage will absolutely love this stuff. Highest recommendation. Snap, crackle and pop.
MP3: Le Bain Didonc :: 4 cheveux dans le vent
MP3: Les 5 Gentlemen :: LSD 25 Ou Les Metamorphoses De Margaret Steinway
MP3: Les Boots :: Laissez Briller Le Soleil
MP3: Les Capitals :: Nous On Chante
+ Download the rest of the compilation after the jump. Don’t miss The Brummel’s “Bof!”
MP3: Les Bowlers :: Je Me Moquerai De Toi
MP3: Les Sparks :: Souris
MP3: Les Gaelic :: Gardez les Cheveux Longs
MP3: Five Travellers – Story of Wonder
MP3: Les 5 Gentlemen :: Si Tu Reviens Chez Moi
MP3: The Somethings :: Le Monde Infernal
MP3: Les Safari :: Elle Avait Tout
MP3: The Brummels :: Bof!
MP3: Les Gypsys :: Je Ne Te Pardonnerai Pas
MP3: Les Bowlers :: Ne L’attends Pas