outcasts / s.j. & the crossroads Route 1966 (CD, £13.25)label: Cicadelic Records
The Outcasts (of San Antonio) whose signature song I'm In Pittsburgh (And It's Raining) has been covered by numerous neo-60s bands is just one of their 12 great recordings on Route 1966, and all of them have been remixed from the original four track masters for the first time. These recordings reflect the short-lived era, when the Farfisa or Vox Continental was a mainstay for a rock and roll band from Texas, just before the psychedelic music craze got underway, led by The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators. Also included on this album is S.J & The Crossroads (of Beaumont) with six of their best and rarest tracks from 1966, issued together for the first time on CD. Tracks: The Outcasts (San Antonio): Route 66 (Askel 107-a), Smokestack Lightning (unreleased), I'm In Pittsburgh and It's Raining (Askel 102-a), Sweet Mary (unreleased), My Love (unreleased), Everyday (Askel 104-b), Ill Set You Free (Askel 104-a), The Price Of Victory (Askel 102-b), The Birds (unreleased). SJ and The Crossroads (Beaumont): London Girl (unreleased), The Darkest Hour (Part I)(Salmar 100-a), Night Time (Salmar 103-a), Ooh-Poo Pah Doo (Salmar 101-a), Breakdown Salmar 102-a), Funny Woman (unreleased), The Darkest Hour (Part II) (Salmar 100-b). The Outcasts: Everyday (Askel 107-b, alternate version), Route 66 (unreleased-alternate version).
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