It’s hard to believe that this series, which collects the best in obscure late ’60s – early ’70s proto metal and heavy psych, is on their sixth release. But, there is definitely a reason for their success. These collections bring together some of the best obscure heavy music of that time period. It was a time when the dream of the sixties was dying, giving way to something darker and heavier. The Brown Acid series does for this type of music, what Nuggets and Pebbles did for sixties garage rock. (In fact, Nuggets curator and Patti Smith guitarist, Lenny Kaye, is a fan of these albums. That should tell you something.)
So, the sixth platter opens with the vicious fuzz attack of Gold and their track “No Parking” from 1970. It’s quite the burner. Heat Exchange from Toronto bring the damnation with their appropriately named track “Inferno” from 1968. It takes a more deliberate pace than the opener, but still packs a punch. “Give Me Time” by Backwood Memory, is fast, funky and heavy, while “Luvin’, Huggin’ & More” from Flight is an aggressive statement of lust. “Steele Rail Blues” from Johnny Barnes throws keys and handclaps into the mix, while “Is There No Peace” from Zendik is a heavy psych protest number.
Honestly, if you’re interested in the roots of heavy music, these comps are some of the best going. So, yes, you definitely seek this one out, along with the others in the series. These are some crucial recordings. And I’m not just a reviewer, I’m a fan. I own every single one of these comps. What are you waiting for?