Sonics - 50 - 1964-5 Garage Rock 3LP Box Set

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The Sonics - 50

Label: Etiquette Records – LP 2050
Format: Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 27 Nov 2015
Genre: Rock
Style: Garage Rock, Rock & Roll

© 2015 Etiquette Productions Inc.

Exclusive release for Black Friday 2015.

Deluxe all 'tip-on' box set with 3 LPs, book, folded 18"x24" poster, and contents page insert.
36 page LP-sized book featuring 5,000 word oral history of The Sonics, as told by all five original members and Etiquette founder Buck Ormsby.
Includes exact replicas of "Here Are The Sonics" and "Boom!" albums with "Volume 3," a ten-track collection of Sonics rarities.

Original sessions produced for Etiquette Productions.

A1 to B6: "Here Are The Sonics" - first released as Etiquette LP 024 (1965)
A1 recorded at Commercial Productions, 1426 5th Avenue, Seattle, July 1964.
A2 to B6 recorded at Audio Recording, 170 Denny Way, Seattle, January-March 1965.

C1 to D6: "Boom!" - first released as Etiquette LP 027 (1965)
C1, C3 to C6, D2 to D6 recorded at Wiley/Griffith Studios, 5103 N 46th Avenue, Tacoma, August-September 1965
C2 recorded at Audio Recording, 170 Denny Way, Seattle, March 1965
D1 recorded at Audio Recording, 2227 5th Avenue, Seattle, July 1965

E1 to F5: "Volume 3"
E1, E2, F5 recorded at Commercial Productions, 1426 5th Avenue, Seattle, July 1964
E3 recorded at Audio Recording, 170 Denny Way, Seattle, March 1965
E4, E5 recorded at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, May 1972
F1 to F4 recorded at Wiley/Griffith Studios, N 46th Avenue, Tacoma, August-September 1965

Download codes were omitted from the box due to a manufacturer's error.

Track A1 is titled 'Witch' on the back cover and 'The Witch' on the tracklist and disc label.


Here Are The Sonics
A1 The Witch
A2 Do You Love Me
A3 Roll Over Beethoven
A4 Boss Hoss
A5 Dirty Robber
A6 Have Love Will Travel

B1 Psycho
B2 Money
B3 Walking The Dog
B4 Night Time Is The Right Time
B5 Strychnine
B6 Good Golly Miss Molly

C1 Cinderella
C2 Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
C3 Skinny Minny
C4 Let The Good Times Roll
C5 Don't You Just Know It
C6 Jenny Jenny

D1 He's Waitin'
D2 Louie Louie
D3 Since I Fell For You
D4 Hitch Hike
D5 It's Allright
D6 Shot Down

Volume 3
E1 The Witch (Alternate Take)
E2 Keep A Knockin'
E3 The Hustler
E4 Psycho (Live)
E5 The Witch (Live)

F1 Santa Claus
F2 It's Christmas aka On Broadway
F3 Don't Believe In Christmas
F4 The Village Idiot aka Jingle Bells
F5 The Witch (Switchblade Version)

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Etiquette Productions
Copyright (c) – Etiquette Productions
Distributed By – Light In The Attic
Recorded At – Commercial Recorders
Recorded At – Audio Recording, Seattle
Recorded At – Wiley-Griffith Studios
Recorded At – Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Remastered At – Elysian Masters
Designed At – Chunklet Graphic Control

Bass – Andy Parypa
Design – Henry Owings*
Drums – Bob Bennett (2)
Engineer – Bill Wiley (tracks: C1, C3 to C6, D2 to D6, F1 to F4), Kearney Barton (tracks: A2 to B6, C2, D1, E3), Lyle Thompson (tracks: A1, E1, E2, F5)
Executive-Producer – Buck Ormsby, Josh Wright, Matt Sullivan (4)
Guitar – Larry Parypa
Liner Notes – Alec Palao
Liner Notes [Proofreading] – Lydia Hyslop (2)
Piano [Occasional Piano], Backing Vocals – Kent Morrill
Piano, Organ – Gerry Roslie
Producer [Original Sessions Produced By] – Buck Ormsby, Kent Morrill
Product Manager [Project Manager] – Patrick McCarthy
Reissue Producer – Alec Palao, Buck Ormsby
Remastered By [Remastering] – Dave Cooley
Saxophone – Rob Lind (2)
Saxophone [Occasional Sax], Backing Vocals – Ron Gardner
Written-By – Gerald Roslie* (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B5, C1, C2, D1, D6, E1, E3 to F1, F3, F5)
The Sonics were an instrumental band formed in Tacoma WA 1960 w/ orginal members Larry Parypa (guitar) Stuart Turner(guitar) his borther Andy Parypa (bass), Mitch Jabber(drums) and someone whos name I don't know on sax. In 1961 their orginal sax player left and Tony Mabin took over the sax. Then Stuart who was with the military was transfered and was replaced by ex-Wailer Rich Koch. Around that time Marilyn Lodge was added on vocals. Then Mich was replaced by Bill Dean. Rich and Marilyn left in '63 so Andy played guitar by himself for awhile until they did a show with Ray Michelson (of the Falcons, the Vikings, the Roamers and the Imperials). Ray joined for awhile but was later replaced Gerry Roslie (of the Searchers). Around the same time Bill was booted out of the band and was replaced by Bob Bennett (of the Searchers). They also got Rob Lind (also from The Searchers) to play sax. That was the line up for all their albums. Orginally Gerry mostly played the organ, but in 1964 he started to singing.
Their first single, "The Witch" was a big local hit. Their next single was "Psycho" which was also popular in the Northwest. Their first full length, "Here are the Sonics" was released on Buck Ormsby of The Wailers' label Etiquette.

The Sonics' debut album Here Are The Sonics!!! is a low down, trashy, classic garage rock record. The band buzzsaws their way through classic rockers like "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Do You Love Me", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Walkin' The Dog" and others with a reckless abandon. There are four originals on the album and two in particular, "The Witch" and "Strychnine", are bona fide classics. There's nothing complicated about The Sonics' music, it's just good, old-fashioned rock.

Energy-laden three-chord guitar hooks and the screams of vocalist Gerry Roslie capture the dance-crazed world of the early & middle 1960s before the hippies took over. All garage bands that are around today, and many punk bands of the 70s and 80s, were heavily influenced by this band.

The Sonics Boom is a loud, filthy, raw, and unspeakably fun slice of garage rock insanity. The band, which consists of piano-pounder and screamin' lead vocalist Gerry Roslie, guitar shredder Larry Parypa, sax man Rob Lind, and the unstopable rhythm section of bassist Andy Parypa (Larry's brother) and drummer Bob Bennett, is absolutely ferocious, tearing through these songs with a kind of breathless intensity that is simply incredible. Although the group didn't write very many songs (eight of the tracks from the original album are covers), the group originals are all fantastic: "Cinderella" opens the record with a frenzy of stomping drums, buzzing guitars, and Roslie's raucous throat-shredding. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" boasts a relentless rhythmic attack, bubbling guitars, and an anthemic sing-along chorus. "He's Waitin'" is a menacing, brutal pounder with a leering vocal from Roslie and a brutal two-chord guitar onslaught. "Shot Down" is a bouncing, attitude-soaked screamer with a freakishly good guitar solo. The covers are also surprisingly good. The group's version of "Louie Louie" is an absolute monster, a thunderstorm of filthy, distorted guitars and pulverizing vocals. Their take on "Jenny Jenny" is absolutely unhinged, an impossibly high-octane explosion of nasty sax playing, rumbling guitars, and Roslie drowning everything with his voice. "Skinny Minny," "Let the Good Times Roll" are playful and catchy, but with plenty of bite and manic energy. "It's Allright" (that's the actual spelling) is a rollicking party tune with another great guitar solo from Larry. A take on the Motown classic "Hitch Hike" is fantasically forceful, rolling along with some rambling drums and blaring sax. "Since I Fell For You" is a surprisingly good teen-pop heartbreak ballad, with some rolling rhythms, a passionate vocal, and some distorted guitars snaking around beneath the melody.

The Sonics - Do You Love Me

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The Sonics - The Witch

The legendary opening organ notes of "The Witch" can be interpreted as a call to worship for garage-o-philes around the world

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The Sonics - Psycho

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Condition New
Format 3LP
Label Etiquette Records