tisdag 10 maj 2016

Highs In The Mid Sixties Vol. 5: Michigan


Highs In The Mid Sixties Vol. 5: Michigan


AIP Records, 1983

"This one repeats three tracks off Chosen Few 2 and has the added bonus of a lousy sound quality. Too bad, since there are some potentially good frat/folkrock tunes here. Avoid."


I sure hope you don't avoid this revamped version of the fifth HITMS released in 1983.
It is a revelatory experience to hear the Highs the way they should've sounded.
It was downright depressing to listen to them before. I really rather didn't. 
But in those beggars couldn't be choosers. Most of the songs you wanted to listen to were forged and locked in shit-vinyl. 

This album is fairly consistent with some bona-fide killers as the highs and some fratty covers as the lows. But those lows are totally acceptable. They give this set some dynamics.

As expected we get some 45s from Fenton and they blow most competition out of the water. But don't forget the Boss Five, the Undecided and the Run-A-Rounds.
I really recommend this set, it was great to hear it at is was intended.


"Michigan had a strong scene, with some fine bands such as the Unrelated Segments, Terry Knight & the Pack, the Fugitives, and of course, ? & the Mysterians. Past Michigan comps have tended to focus on the later groups: MC5, Amboy Dukes, SRC etc.these two volumes are commendable for showcasing, for the most part, an earlier, and more exciting scene. Unfortunately though, these two albums suffer from the same problems as the AIP Chicago collection; some mediocre selections, repeats from other comps, and fluctuating sound quality.
Volume One is definitely the best of the two, with some really fab cuts from the likes of the Underdogs, the Rationals, and the Run-Arounds. Included too are some of the best Fenton label 45s, like the Quests' "Shadows In The Night," the Mussies' "12 O'Clock July," and the brain-stunning "I'll Come Again" by the Legends. With only a few weak tracks, this one's definitely worth getting.
Volume Two is less appealing, despite good tracks by the Yorkshires, the Underdogs (again), Jimmy Gilbert, the Pleasure Seekers, and a great, raw, live rendition of "Wine, Wine, Wine" by Renegades V. Most of the album is merely "O.K.," and with so many good comps coming out, that just ain't gonna cut it. Oh well."
- Mike Stax (Originally published in Ugly Things #3, 1984)





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