The Seeds – The Seeds

ARTIST: The Seeds                                    220px-theseedscover

TITLE:  The Seeds

YEAR RELEASED: 1966

CHART ACTION: #136

SINGLES: Can’t Seem to Make You Mine (#41), Pushin’ Too Hard (#36)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you’re a fan, yeah, you ate this up.

LINEUP: Sky Saxon, Rick Andridge, Daryl Hooper, Jan Savage. (Harvey Sharpe really played bass, but Saxon was credited).

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album for legendary garage / punk band probably scared parents everywhere. Too bad.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Seeds music wasn’t brain surgery. Simple riffs played by Daryl Hooper on the organ (usually alternating octaves over the course of the song, but keeping the same riff), with some fuzz guitar and simple drumming. Then there’s Sky Saxon sounding beguiling, asking you to join his trip. Outta site.

While this is a record built around the singles, “Girl I Want You” and “Evil Hoodoo” are songs of purpose, where Saxon sounds a bit demented. The simple sounds highlight Saxon’s vocals, which probably did make parents squirm a bit, though in LA they found a sympathetic audience.

Surprisingly, there aren’t covers on here, which is out of character for a debut by an unknown band. But the Seeds didn’t need covers. While side two diminishes the impact, it’s still a decently solid 60’s album highlighted by a few garage classics.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Saxon didn’t really play bass in concert, either, as Hooper did the bass parts on his organ pedals. Also, the CD version is missing a cut, but it’s nothing special.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, some bonus tracks and it’s also part of a two-part CD with their second album.

GRADE: B:  There are few 60’s garage bands that could make a semi-cohesive all-original albums like the Seeds.

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