Live'n Wild

TB 6002LP TB 6002LP

Twitchin' Beat Records present a reissue of The Savages' Live'n Wild, originally released in 1966. 1965 and 1966 were the years when the underground exploded and the first influences of psychedelia were showing up in the music of hardly remembered cult bands, such as The Savages originating from the Bermuda islands. Alongside three 7" singles, the band only released one full-length in 1966, Live'n Wild, recorded live at the Hub, a nightclub part of the Princess Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda. The sound quality is awesome and the band's interactions with the audience offer quite a few entertaining announcements. The set features a collection of great tunes, three of which are covers. Live'n Wild, all in all, is absolutely rare. It is hard to find any original copy at all. But this reissue brings back the original album to all garage beat lovers. The strangest point here is the song "He's A Man", a cover version of Icelandic '60s rockers Thor's Hammer, with lyrics in English written by The Savages. "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" by The Animals was quite an obvious choice for a young garage band to include in their live set. The third cover version on this album is a more powerful rendition of The Drifters' "On Broadway". Nice choices, but the icing on the cake is the self-penned tunes, presenting a band that was up on the same level as most of the more popular garage beat heroes of the day, and with "The World Ain't Round, It's Square", The Savages had written one of the most wicked proto punk orgies of their era. It became a cult tune, proving to be one of the reasons the band survived in the memory of at least a few die-hards over the decades. It still sounds fresh and furious. The great "Quiet Town" is an early psychedelic pop tune. The overall mood of this record is certainly joyful, but you can feel the teenage angst and anger of these youngsters steaming from every note of their songs. If they got hold of a fuzzbox, their guitars would have been utterly distorted. Even with no distortion, they provide enough dirt here to make Live'n Wild an ultimate experience in 1960s garage rock on par with The Seeds, The Music Machine, or The Sorrows.