jagged edge aka off-set A Change Is Gonna Come (CD, £6.50)
Part of the mystique of the '60s garage legacy is that the bands seemed to put all of their considerable talents into one or two singles, and that was it. But behind every 45 there often lurked a handful of equally killer tunes - performed or even recorded, but never released at the time. So many bands had the potential to make it but there was very little room at the top. The Jagged Edge from Brooklyn, New York, seemed to have it all - the chops, an excellent and decent-selling debut 45, and even competent management. They'd performed with a veritable who's who of big-name artists, and they seemed poised for better things. But it all went downhill suddenly, beginning with a threatening lawsuit over their name. Crucial momentum was lost and the Jagged Edge never reached the prominence they deserved. Now the exposure they warranted all along is finally here. Break-A-Way presents the band's first complete long player including their two sharp 45s and for the first time a fistful of six vintage demos. The CD has the band's 1966 all-time garage classic debut 45, "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down b/w How She's Hurtin' Me" and their second single release "A Change Is Gonna Come" b/w their wild psychedelic raga classic "Xanthia" recorded under the moniker Off-Set. Additionally there are two alternate takes of single tracks and four completely unreleased 1965/66 recordings such as the dramatic psych/punker "Lies I Spoke" complete with psychy effects and a raga-esque break; the strong moody folk-rocker "Look In Her Eyes" as well as "Reflections" and "Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself", two tracks from the poppier side of the band. This collection proves the Jagged Edge were way ahead of their time and can finally carve out their slice of rock history. All tracks are painstakingly remastered for the garage connoisseur's listening pleasure. CD comes with an 8-page booklet featuring rare pics and the band's complete and detailed history as told by former members Art Steinman and Harley Wishner.
Add to order