Various ‎– Searching In The Wilderness

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Muziek Expres (2) ‎– ME66
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Black vinyl version of this release.

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Cat# Artist Title  (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MECD66 Various Searching In The Wilderness(CD, Comp, Mono) Muziek Expres (2) MECD66 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
MEGG CD Various Searching In The Wilderness(CD, Comp, Mono) Muziek Expres (2) MEGG CD Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
ME66 Various Searching In The Wilderness(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Red) Muziek Expres (2) ME66 Unknown Sell This Version

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Bradx

Bradx

August 11, 2018
You can buy three other exact versions of this release on Discogs - but not this particular one. I find consistency so over-rated these days, don't you?

Another comp from the golden age (both of comps and of the original music). This is another one that changed the scene 'round my way when it came out around '86.

It collects a bunch of choice Nederbeat ravers '65/'66 style, plus an assortment of hardcore UK, Swedish, Australian and Canadian RnB bangers. There's no psychedelia on this ... just primo-deluxe RnB.

Highlights ... well, there's so many. This was the first time I heard The Buzz and the Meek-produced You're Holding Me Down. I actually got hold of an original 45 of this shortly afterwards, I was so obsessed with the record. For reasons that escape me now I got rid of it. I wish I had kept it (I also had a copy of the rarer-then-life-itself debut Sweet single Slow Motion on Fontana that goes for major buckeroos now that I got rid of in the same deal, oh well).

The Buzz tune is a wild, wild, WILD ride that showed that Meek was no spent force in 1966. It was one of the last records he produced and the direction he was headed in would have wiped the floor with anything else around at the time, including the Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds, Kinks, whoever you want to name - this record destroys on contact with the human ear.
Check out the final 30 seconds or so with its insane tape loop vocal screaming into the void. This one must be heard and played LOUD. Perhaps the only Meek production that can compete is Crawdaddy Simone by The Syndicats. If you know that one and rate it but don't know the Buzz, then you must rectify that asap.

The In-Crowd, The Outsiders, Cuby ... all essential. The Golden Earrings' Chunk of Steel is one of their best early songs, and thrown away on a b-side from what I remember. This neo-Beatles merseybeat-style high-energy burner never lets up and when it finishes, you just play it again.... and again.... to experience more of what made this band so popular across so many decades.

This was another great comp that showed that it wasn't just the UK and US boys that were making hardcore RnB back in the mid-60s.... the Dutch crowd were as good .... if not better.

By 1967 this type of thing was on the way out. The drugs changed from speed to hash, acid and probably heroin.... and the music mellowed, got more commercial, less harsh and a lot more pretentious.

Long live '65 and '66!!!