What does it sound like?:
If, as Robert Christgau argued, The Move added the sound of clomp to British rock n’ roll, then contemporaries The Creation had the rattle and squeak: their signature sound was the scraping and grating of guitars that pushes their otherwise bouncy Mod pop to the point of dissonance and art school provocation. Despite their cult reputation ( think Alan McGee and Brit Indie pop) the group could barely manage a hit or a stable line-up at the time, and found most success in West Germany. This plush US release collects everything they released in the sixties, remastered in mono by original producer and minor legend Shel Talmy, with a second disc of stereo mixes and outakes. True, their dozen key songs been reissued several times before, but have never sounded this clear and punchy. The mod/ art pop classics Making Time, Biff Bang Pow, and Painter Man, and the more trippy Nightmares, Through My Eyes, and How Does it Feel to Feel are present and correct, as is the lovely hit that never happened, Life is Just Beginning.
What does it all *mean*?
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