Thursday, November 10, 2005
The Third Booth - I Need Love/Mysteries
Want some bang for your buck? Here's a 60's garage rock disc that's outstanding and not too well-known, yet common enough that it won't set you back more than a few bucks. The Third Booth were a Peoria, IL band, the same town that produced the previously blogged Suburban 9 to 5. "I Need Love" made the lower rungs of the national charts in mid-1968, thus explaining why copies aren't too tough to locate these days.
The record opens with a bit of fuzzed out distortion, followed by a storm of pounding drums and ringing guitar. The vocals are spot on for a garage rocker and include some backing oohs, aahs and the like. But what really makes "I Need Love" for me is the generous helping of organ, including an excellent break. It gives the song a slightly haunting feel. Pretty cool for an up-tempo banger. It's been comped several times and should be relatively easy to find on CD, if that's your medium of choice.
To get your full money's worth, maybe you should seek out the 45, after all. That's because there's also something worthwhile on the flipside. "Mysteries" is a slower song, taken at mid-tempo but isn't much less garagey. The vocals are softer but somewhat moody and, while I'm no expert, it sounds like it's played in a minor key to accentuate that moodiness. All in all, an outstanding record that's among the best values for your garage rock dollar.