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Schnitzelbeat Vol. 2: You Are the Only One - Raw Teenage Beat & Garage Rock Anthems from Austria 1964-1970
A Sunday in August 1965: while the grown-ups are tending to their cars and gardens, a bunch of kids are mistreating budget guitars, cheap Italian combo organs, and ramshackle drum sets in the garage. Mandatory accessories: longer hair than all the other boys at school and black boots pointier than the tip of a knife. What had happened to these youths? What had infected the young, amateur musicians brought to you by Schnitzelbeat Vol. 2 was the exciting, new, hot sound seeping into cozy, provincial Austria from happening places like New York, London, and Hamburg. The artists compiled here translate the air of unrestrained abandon transported by the newly emerging popular genres into their own, locally flavored idiom. Presenting internationally operating exponents of the Austrian underground sound of the 1960s (The Slaves, The Gamblers) alongside recently rediscovered trailblazers of independent production (The Lost Generation, The Earls), Schnitzelbeat Vol. 2 is the first compilation of its kind to pay respect to the wilder side of the home-grown Austrian teenage sound of the 1960s in all its diversity: you'll find instrumental rock smashers, beat ballads, straight-up rhythm and blues pieces, jangling folksy harmonies, savage proto-punk blowouts, and -- of course -- off-the-wall appropriations of well-known international beat hits that often provided ambitious amateurs with the jump-start they needed to get their own sound up and running. Curated and compiled by Al Bird Sputnik of Trash Rock Archives (Vienna), this volume makes a compelling case for a revised history of Austrian pop and rock music. Also includes tracks by The Boys, The Beatfires, The Counts, The Desperates, The Rockets, Harry David Quintett, The Meadows, Herbert O und Die Beatniks 62, The Brand Brothers, The Lamberts, Les Fantoms, and The Seals.