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The Joe Meek Collection - Intergalactic Instros  (Compilation) - 1960-1966
Label: Diamond GEM CD 002 (UK)
Format: CD
From: UK
My rating: 5/10

Entered: 06/24/2001
Last updated: 00/00/0000

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This is a highly unusual compilation of murky instrumentals produced by home studio wizard Joe Meek in the early 60s. Some of the tracks are super-cool twangy, spooky masterpieces, but more often the tracks have more of a 50s edge, perhaps reflecting Meek's obsession with Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochrane. Probably the best tracks on here are 'Night of the Vampire' by the Moontrekkers and 'the spook walks' by the Spooks. Both are dirty, swampy spacey sounding early 60s instrumentals which capture a very cool sound. Alas, most of the other tracks aren't exactly to my taste. There are some nice touches, but somehow they are slightly too much like hard work to listen to... One incredibly interesting bonus on the disc is the original demo of Joe Meek humming the tune to 'telstar' over a backing track, with loads of echo. He loses his way a few times. It is pretty cool.

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