- (Duplicated CD)
- Artist: Droogs
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/17/2006
At last, what fans and critics alike have been asking for: A collection of essential tracks from the legendary California Garage/Psych band's multi-album catalog including: Change Is Gonna Come, Webster Field, Stranger In The Rain, Mr. Right, Only Game In Town, Countdown To Zero and more. Rolling Stone's David Fricke: "A group of veteran L.A. psych-rock revisionists sharpened their metallic guitar sting and revved up their rhythm engine on Kingdom Day, reaching heights on "Webster Field" and "Countdown To Zero." Sounds' Nigel Cross: "If there is an influence hovering over this album, it's the ghost of the Yardbirds, where Albin's blues growl is as moody as Howlin' Relf's once was. Roger Clay is thus finally free to ignite the new material with his adrenalin pumping, napalm like guitar figures." Creem's Don Waller: "On sonic evidence, it was worth the wait. From the spiraling guitar line and cinemascopic solos on "Stranger In The Rain" and the redolence of Webster Field" to the acid-dipped apocalyptic suburban scenarios of "Countdown To Zero," this album is a solid as the town of Bedrock itself." Guitar World's Grant Alden: "Roger Clay proves himself to be one of the great unknown guitar heroes, burying slashing hooks deep into the flesh of the most honest music to emerge from L.A. since X disintegrated." Melody Maker's Ian Gittins: "While the feel is predominately Sixties, earnest, sweeping vocals and tight hugging rhythms lend a peculiar tense energy, a kind of attractive urgency. These Droogs draw heavily on a whole range of influences to form an approach peculiarly their own; taking from all times." CMJ New Music Report: "The entire album is top notch, with our faves being "Change Is Gonna Come and "Mr. Right." LA Times' Craig Lee: "Filled with a subtle sense of foreboding, from the locomotive rhythms and choral chants of "Only Game In Town" to "Mr. Right" whose mournful melodies and protest-rock lyrics recall Dylan. "For These Remaining Days" is reminiscent of those neo-Elizabethan folk ballads the Sunset Strip bands used to go in for. The actual sound is here and now, especially in Roger Clay's glistening, searing guitar sound." Bucketful Of Brain's Jon Storey: "The band always plays it tight and hard, the songs compact, taught and tough, with sinewy melody and a liberal helping of stone cold classics like "Only Game In Town," "Change Is Gonna Come" and "Webster Field" to name but the most obvious." Option's Frank Beeson: "The melodic-psychedelic guitar of Roger Clay on "Stranger In The Rain" turns the number into one of the group's best ever, marking producer Earle Mankey's high point." Kerrangs Howard Johnson: '...just about the sweetest slab of insanity you're gonna hear in a long, long time.' KKKKK.
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