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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Various Artists - A Fistful of Fuzz

True to its name, A Fistful of Fuzz delivers a lot of fuzz-drenched material. Rather than being garage punk, however, most of the tracks on this compilation are late-1960s heavy psych, with the fuzz being mainly the acid rock variety. The greatest influences on the material presented are the trippier side of the San Francisco sound, especially the Jefferson Airplane and the acid rock of Blue Cheer, as well as the Iron Butterfly along with a little Doors influence thrown in as well. The themes of most of the songs are: drugs, sex, the generation gap, spirituality, individuality, and generally freaking out. A Fistful of Fuzz contains heavy cover versions of Purple Haze, Season of the Witch, You Really Got Me, and the album closes with a seven-minute freaked out version of Tobacco Road featuring a theremin. The most pop-sounding track on A Fistful of Fuzz, That Was Just His Thing by the In-Keepers, is in some ways the strangest track in this collection. The reference in the title is to Jesus, who "lived and died by the hammer and nail. I guess that was just his thing." Deadly serious spoken word interludes proclaim, "go out into all the world and say these things. And everyone that heareth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man." A Fistful of Fuzz is an all-around good compilation—efficient track notes, better-than-expected audio quality, and most of the tracks on A Fistful of Fuzz are unique to this compilation. - Turnmeondeadman

(Year of Release: 1998)

Track List:
1. John Doe and the Acetates - Purple Haze
2. Sound Apparatus - Travel Agent Man
3. Ruins - She Doesn't Understand
4. Prodigal - Reality
5. Journey Back - Synthetic People
6. Sounds Synonymous - Tensions
7. Pretty - The Electric Hand
8. Aliens - Season of the Witch
9. Ritual - Speed Freak
10. In-Keepers - That Was Just His Thing
11. Loos Foos and the Fiberglass Cornflake - Bless Me Father
12. Flying Circus - You Really Got Me
13. Denims - White Ship
14. Don Malena and the Dry Ice - Land of Summertime
15. Thackeray Rocke - Bawling
16. Tapestry Garden - She Needs Love
17. Green Slime - The Green Slime
18. Peabody Company - Tobacco Road

Download: VA - A Fistful of Fuzz (85.6MB)


Paul Durango said...

Hi there!
Great blog!
link seems dead ; could you please reup ?



Zer0_II said...

paul durango: I just checked it and it's still up. Try scrolling down the page a bit further till you see the download links. There are four of them in total.

Anonymous said...

nope, not available through massmirror

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Zer0_II said...

Thank you for pointing this out to me, although I would appreciate it if you could use the "Report Dead Link" option on the main menu. It makes it easier to keep up with all the dead links. I'm aware that all the massmirror links are down. Some asshole dedicated a few weeks of his life to stalking me and deleting the albums I uploaded. I will reupload them eventually, but due to the amount of albums that are down, I'm more focused on sharing new material at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen the "For a Few Fuzz Guitars More" comp that is apparently in this collection? Thanks!

Zer0_II said...

@Anonymous: I'll see if I can find "For a Few Fuzz Guitars More", and if I can't I'll add it to the wishlist. Do you visit the blog frequently? If not, and you would like to leave me an e-mail address, I can contact you whenever I post it.

anjamarie said...

Hello hello! I am desperately looking for a hard copy of A Fistful of Fuzz. My dad was the bass player in Dry Ice ("Land of Summertime") and he's been looking for this album forever. It's his 61st birthday next month and I want to surprise him. Where on earth were you able to buy this?! Thanks so much for your help :)