The Pebbles (Pilgrim  KLP 21)  1968

Another winning entry from the British beat scene. Two songs in particular are high points for the genre, totally defying the coat-and-tie Leave It To Beaver looks of these four young men. ‘He Knows The Way’ has that classic ‘60s garage/psych ambience that characterizes selections on Rhino’s Nuggets series. And it has a cool gnarly guitar effect (pardon my ignorance on such matters – it’s similar to that thing the Stones use on ‘Mothers Little Helper’). Likewise, ‘My Master And My God’ with its sharp punchy beat, garage band assault, and irresistible melody may well be the definitive moment for the whole movement. The rest of the lp? Well, George Beverly Shea’s ‘The Wonder Of It All’ just doesn’t seem to fit in, but what’s left (swinging London pop and Elvis-type ‘It’s Now Or Never’ sounds) is done competently enough. What a shame albums like these aren’t better known.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1He Knows The Way4:05
1-2He Cares2:32
1-3The Wonder Of It All2:29
1-4Where Do I Go From Here2:30
1-5Day By Day4:40
1-6Can It Be True3:24
2-1The Glory Road To Heaven2:49
2-2Lord Of The Cross2:23
2-3My Master And My Lord4:48
2-4World Aflame4:49
2-5Last Chance3:03

 

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