Will Shade, Ugly Things - "The Chains'
Tor Pinney knows his way around hooks like a fisherman
at a tackle shop."
Dugo's debut release on his new label
60sgaragebands.com... highly, highly recommended, folks!
The stuff from '67 is a blast from the get go...the
later stuff - '68 & '69 - isn't usually quite my cup
of tea... a bit heavier and, er, funkier... but it's
grown on me over the last few days... (It's) easily the
best rock 'n' roll reissue I've heard this year so far -
not that I've heard everything reissued to date, but
even if I did this would still be a contender..."
Will Shade, Ugly Things - "The Chains' Tor
Pinney knows his way around hooks like a fisherman at a tackle
Dugo's debut release on his new label 60sgaragebands.com...
highly, highly recommended, folks! The stuff from '67 is a blast
from the get go...the later stuff - '68 & '69 - isn't
usually quite my cup of tea... a bit heavier and, er, funkier...
but it's grown on me over the last few days... (It's) easily the
best rock 'n' roll reissue I've heard this year so far - not
that I've heard everything reissued to date, but even if I did
this would still be a contender..."
John Jackson - "Great CD!! You gotta' get one."
CD is excellent. I heard it at a buddy's house 2 weeks ago and
will get a copy for my collection. As a UTEP college student in
El Paso in the late 60s, I would frequently attend Chains
concerts/dances. These guys would pack them in every time, often
up to 2,000 kids! They made a Rock Concert wild and exciting!
There were sometimes fist fights as guys tried to get close to
the stage for a better look. The Chains were great musicians and
would be jumping all over the stage while they played! The
vocals and harmonies were very strong and their records were
played all over Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. I once
saw them perform with Linda Ronstadt and another time with Eric
Burden and The Animals. Also, you always knew there would be a
ton of girls at a Chains Concert!"
Tom Kirby / Tonto & The Renegades - "Must
can't come up with enough good words to say about this CD. I
highly recommend it. The packaging is superb. The booklet is
full of info about and from these guys and the pictures are top
notch as well. But, the main reason to pick this up is, this
band is absolutely FANTASTIC. I'm surprised they didn't become a
household name like some of the others. Everything about this 20
track CD is awesome. The drumming, the guitar work (both
lead/rhythm and bass) and the Hammond organ on here. And man, I
can't leave out the vocals. For some reason the Chains are
touted as "The Beatles of El Paso", but they really
don't have a Beatles sound. Maybe they are compared to the
Beatles just because they're so damn good. This is all the same
basic band lineup throughout with minor changes, so it is
different than a comp of all those different bands, but even my
wife and kids like listening to this one. Again, I can't say
enough good things about this band and CD."
Goran Obradovic, POPISM Radio (www.popism-music.com)
- The Beatles of El Paso (60sGarageBands.com;
maybe to a bunch of local kids for a brief moment in '67, The
Chains weren't really The Beatles by importance and especially
not musically, but they sure might be considered for another one
of those "unknown treasures"
that could’ve shone much brighter than it did.
Revolving around the Pinney brothers, Tor and Roy, the story
begins in New York in the first half of the decade with the
usual Merseybeat/Surf wannabees scenario. After a short stint as
Johnny & The Starfires, with the ‘63 recording of Tor’s
Brit-sounding Curtis Mayfield-inspired beat ballad "No
Good", already suggesting his songwriting talent, they
enter the world of showbiz as The Dolphins, releasing a pair of
raw sounding surfy A-sides, backed by a much more interesting
pair of B-sides, with "I Should Have Stayed”
being a superb piece of moody folk rock, in the vein of
The Poets and The Beau Brummels, while "There Was a Time”
is a harmony- fueled garagey r’n’b. A move to the Southwest,
as well as a name change, brought the band their own share of at
least local fame with The Chains’ debut single, "I
Ain’t Gonna’ Eat Out My Heart Anymore" becoming an
instant smash. Unfortunately, only two more singles followed,
with the first one still featuring The Dolphins strong
harmonies, now moving towards the slightlydelic sunshiny pop
sound, coupling "You’re In Love" with the
re-recording of "I Should Have Stayed", now with a
more polished, Zombiefied treatment, while the last single finds
them in a heavier mood, fully realized by the time of their
unreleased ‘68/’69 recordings. However, "It’s a
Shame” is a full-blown heavy freakbeat classic that never was,
while "Stop the World (I Want to Get Off Again)" is an
Eastern-tinged, psychedelic gem, making a perfect crossover
between the softer and the heavier side. Besides "A Walk in
the Woods", a Turtle-sounding harmony pop, and a cover of
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s "She’s Still a Mystery to
Me", the mentioned bunch of unreleased ‘68/’69
recordings mostly fall under a slightly heavier sound, ranging
from the funked-up acid-rawk of "Has Anybody Seen My
Friend" or "Animal Farm", to the more
sophisticated side of the genre, adding some of Buffalo
Springfield and Moby Grape eclecticism ("Heading Up Heading
Down" and "Come Tomorrow").
label owner Mike Dugo’s researching qualities, as well the
high-quality packaging of the label’s debut release,
60sGarageBands.com’s new-found activity is bound to take
serious part in future ‘60s re-releases."
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