Sunday, June 14, 2015

CD Review: The Chocolate Watchband Remind Us Of Their Sixties Hits With New Versions

Sixties garage rock band The Chocolate Watchband clearly has one of the best band names to come out of the psychedelic music scenes. There music was also equally impressive as they brought a raw, grunge tone to their music as their early albums flew just under the radar, before developing a cult following along the west coast. Their cover of The Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" gave them national attention, but the band broke up in 1970 over poor record sales. The Chocolate Watchband did reunite a number of times, their most recent time being in the studio to record a new album of their most popular hits from the sixties. The new release entitled "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," contains thirteen of the band's early releases, re-recorded by the current line-up and was released on May 26th through Purple Pyramid Records.

Beginning with "Expo 2000" originally from their 1967 debut album "No Way Out," you can still get a feel for that time period of early psychedelic grunge rock with buzzing guitars and swirling keyboards. Their version of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" has a more pop/rock feel, while "No Way Out" is two-and-half-minutes of trippy, sixties psychedelic magic. The re-recorded version of their 1967 single "Misty Lane" sounds like underground British pop and "Sitting There Standing" has a great, raw blues vibe that is hard to find in today's over polished musical world. Their new version of "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" sounds almost identical to The Kinks' original version, before closing with traveling down the sounds of "The Inner Mystique." To find out more about The Chocolate Watchband and their latest release "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," please visit

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