- Released: September 20, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Rhino
Entertainment Weekly - 12/9/94, p.78
"...Listeners interested in the influences on R.E.M. and Lyle Lovett, among others will find no better source..." - Rating: A
Compilation producers: John Morthland, James Austin.
Includes liner notes by John Morthland and Ann Richards.
Personnel: Floyd Dakil, Ronny Weiss (vocals, guitar); Delbert McClinton, Doug Sahm, Kenny Daniels, Johnny Winter, Roky Erickson, Boz Scaggs (vocals, acoustic guitar); Domingo "Sam" Samudio (vocals, keyboards); Doyle Bramhall (vocals, drums); Billy Joe Shien, Norman Carl Odam, Allen Schram, Roy Head, Scotty Mckay (vocals); Ray Schram, John Clark , David Swartz, Jon Peebles, Ray Stinnett, Jerry Smith, Stacy Sutherland, Bobby Rambo, Bugs Henderson (guitar); T-Bone Burnett (acoustic guitar, trumpet, drums); Billy Sanders, Steve Miller , Bobby Fuller (acoustic guitar); David Zetner (steel guitar); Frank Morin (alto saxophone); Danny Gomez (tenor saxophone, horns); Tommy May (tenor saxophone); Ronny Barton (trumpet); Laurie Michlin (piano, background vocals); C.B. Oliver (piano); Paul Roach, Augie Meyers (organ); Jim Peterman (keyboards); Butch Gibson (synthesizer); Jack Allday, John Perez, Jerry Patterson, Gerry Gibson, Jimmy Newhouse, Roger Bland, David Stanley, DeWayne Quirico, David "Bird" Blachley, "Uncle" John Turner , Tim Davis , John Ike Walton, Jeff West (drums); Ronald Kelly, Lee Lightfoot, Terry Billings, Ronnie Randall, Randy Fuller (background vocals).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Floyd Dakil; David Swartz; Jon Peebles.
Texas arguably produced the most manic and raunchiest garage rock of any state during the 1960s. While seasoned collectors will find little on this 18-song compilation that they don't already have, it's a decent intro to some of the Lone Star State's shining moments. In a state long renowned as a melting pot of sounds, Texas groups often flavored their records with R&B, blues, and Tex-Mex, which means that in addition to classic garage sides by the Bobby Fuller Four, the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Kenny & the Kasuals, and Mouse & the Traps, you get blues-rock (Steve Miller, Johnny Winter), blue-eyed soul (Roy Head's "Treat Her Right"), Tex-Mex-flavored rock (Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs, the Sir Douglas Quintet), and all-out weirdness (the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's "Paralyzed"). There are also garage singles by the Chessmen, Scotty McKay, and Nobody's Children that were quite rare in their day, though they've appeared on easy-to-find garage compilations. The real find is the Ron-Dels' (featuring Delbert McClinton) "If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go," a country-flavored beat ballad strongly reminiscent of the Beatles' similar material from 1964 and 1965. ~ Richie Unterberger