Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Missing Links "The Missing Links" 1965 Australia Garage Rock


The Missing Links  "The Missing Links" 1965 Australia Garage Rock 
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Frustratingly inconsistent, but my god, the guitar playing on this thing is unhinged. Wild About You, You’re Drivin’ Me Insane (which I covered on its own page), and particularly the completely nuts Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut, which features some of the most advanced feedback/noise I’ve heard pre-67, are all worth finding ASAP. The rest, while not even a little bad, is more conventional, even if a few of them feature some additional sloppy-to-the-point-of-sounding-angry guitar playing. Their bass player gets pretty crazy as well. 
I can sorta kinda respect the idea of putting Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut at the end of the album played backwards, but it’s a waste of six minutes on the vinyl as far as I’m concerned. Conceptually, sure, it’s ahead of its time or what not, but it’s hardly engaging. 
Still, this was a hell of a find. Doesn’t even remotely belong in 1965. Also, if someone can hit me up in regards to what the noise at five or six seconds into Wild About You is, please do. It sounds vaguely like a synthesizer, but that doesn’t seem possible…..by….thrasher2809 ….~


What an amazing disc for 1965 from Australia! From the roots Beat music, a lot of effects is already being wasted, which, although not necessarily homogeneously integrated into the tracks, but already show a tremendous courage to venture, adventure and experiment. In fact, you will find the missing link between Beat and Psychedelia. Unfortunately, the lack of sound quality disturbs the enjoyment….by…bufano ….~


Very good garage/psych that surprisingly was made in 1966. The first two tracks are about as bluesy as American garage from the period could get. Heavy bass, good guitar, gruff vocals and the occasional harmonica. “Bald-Headed Woman” builds on the first two tracks, with some piano thrown in with much success. “Not to Bother Me” has more of a British Invasion sound with background organ and a generally softer sound. “Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut” is a very interesting piece, unusual for most garage bands. Full of pounding rhythms and fuzzy guitars, its almost six minutes of some of the garage jamming I have heard. The rest of the album is very solid garage rock. Interestingly enough, the final track is the “Mama…” track done backwards…..by….Brandting ….~


Proto punk garage rock ahead of their time album 
There are a variety of excellent garage rock cuts with outstanding ahead of their time fuzz guitar sounds…and then there are a handful of clunkers, but this was clearly ahead of it’s time for 66-67. The standout cuts make up for the mis-steps Recommended….by….recorddigger ….~


Though they have different approaches, a common thread runs through Australian bands like the Saints, Hoodoo Gurus, Midnight Oil and AC/DC: an aggressive, take-no-prisoners posture designed to grab audiences by the throat. This direct crowd band interaction is essential on the rough-and-tumble Oz pub circuit, where if the group doesn t deliver the goods, they re likely to go down in a hail of lager cans. Whatever it is that puts the raw in Antipodean rawk, it s been there from the beginning. For proof, check the wild, outrageous sounds of the Missing Links. Formed in Sydney in 1964, a series of personnel changes eventually replaced all original members, leaving vocalist Andy Anderson, guitarist Doug Ford, drummer Baden Hutchens, bassist Ian Thomas and Chris Gray on keyboards. It was this lineup that recorded the band s 1965 debut album, The Missing Links. An instant garage punk classic, The Missing Links took the UK R&B combo model and drenched it in attitude and feedback, making contemporaries like the Troggs and the Who appear tame by comparison. The sonic guitar meltdown at the end of You re Drivin Me Insane presages Jimmy Page s Zeppelin liftoff by a full three years while Wild About You defies description, except to say it still sounds shocking nearly 50 years on. 
This slice of vigorous vinyl became one of the most prized acquisitions for garage punk fans the world over, with each successive wave of Down Under musical malcontents spreading its legend. The globe-trotting team at Sundazed has now restored the album in all its magnificent MONO glory! What more could you want? Well, how about the IMPOSSIBLY rare EP, The Links Unchained, featuring four more cuts of mid-Sixties madness!?! For a limited time, Sundazed is offering both of these audacious aural artifacts in one convenient package! –Sundazed Music….~


Though they have different approaches, a common thread runs through Australian bands like the Saints, Hoodoo Gurus, Midnight Oil and AC/DC: an aggressive, take-no-prisoners posture designed to grab audiences by the throat. This direct crowd?band interaction is essential on the rough-and-tumble Oz pub circuit, where if the group doesn?t deliver the goods, they?re likely to go down in a hail of lager cans. Whatever it is that puts the raw in Antipodean rawk, it?s been there from the beginning. For proof, check the wild, outrageous sounds of the Missing Links. Formed in Sydney in 1964, a series of personnel changes eventually replaced all original members, leaving vocalist Andy Anderson, guitarist Doug Ford, drummer Baden Hutchens, bassist Ian Thomas and Chris Gray on keyboards. It was this lineup that recorded the band?s 1965 debut album, The Missing Links. An instant garage punk classic, The Missing Links took the UK R&B combo model and drenched it in attitude and feedback, making contemporaries like the Troggs and the Who appear tame by comparison. The sonic guitar meltdown at the end of ?You?re Drivin? Me Insane? presages Jimmy Page?s Zeppelin liftoff by a full three years while ?Wild About You? defies description, except to say it still sounds shocking nearly 50 years on…..~





Credits 
Bass, Vocals – Ian Thomas (5) 
Drums – Badan (Hutch)* 
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Doug Ford 
Piano, Organ, Harmonica, Vocals – Chris* 
Vocals, Congas – Andy* 
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar – John*

Tracklist 
A1 Wild About You 2:35 
A2 Hobo Man 2:07 
A3 Bald-Headed Woman 2:30 
A4 Not To Bother Me 2:22 
A5 Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut 5:38 
A6 Some Kinda Fun 2:36 
B1 You’re Drivin’ Me Insane 2:54 
B2 Nervous Breakdown 2:53 
B3 Speak No Evil 2:35 
B4 On The Road Again 2:26 
B5 All I Want 2:29 
B6 H'tuom Tuhs 5:40 

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