The Attack
Final Daze


4.0
excellent

Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (86 Reviews)
September 27th, 2012 | 8 replies | 850 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An obscure mod/freakbeat gem from the 60's.

The Attack were a UK freakbeat/psychedelic rock band formed in the mid 60's just before the genre exploded into the mainstream. They never found a large audience for their own particular brand of heavy psych but seem to have garnered some interest more recently with several remastered compilation albums being released. As far as I am aware they never actually put out a full studio album. This particular compilation is a remastered selection of some of their singles, demos and previously unreleased songs.

The main draw to the music of The Attack for me has always been the contributions of guitarist John Du Cann (later of Andromeda and Atomic Rooster). It would be going too far to suggest that he was some sort of mini-Hendrix but when he lets fly with a cutting solo as on such tracks as "Mr Pinnodmys Dilemma", a quite brutal song for a psychedelic band of the age, the results are very enjoyable. Much of the material on this compilation is pretty standard for its time but it's when the band veer away from the poppier side of their psyche that things become more interesting. The aforementioned "Mr Pinnodmys Dilemma" features a chugging rhythm and clanking guitar fills with the bass guitar forward in the mix and reveals an entertainingly creative middle section. Another highlight is "Strange House" with its driving bass riff and silly throwaway haunted-house style lyrics. "Sleep Like A Child" conjures up the ghost of the Yardbirds with its galloping rhythms and bluesy licks. The Attack had actually released a light-hearted cover of "Hi Ho Silver Lining" a few days before Jeff Beck but sadly this faded into obscurity along with the band. The production on this remaster captures the relative power and energy of the band perfectly and puts some of the rather limp original versions to shame.

A short and sweet review for one of my favourite 60's freakbeat bands. These guys were at the heavier, bluesier end of the psychedelic spectrum and definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the genre. In my opinion one of the better relatively unheard of bands from the 60's.



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menawati
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September 27th 2012



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Album Rating: 4.0

Mr Pinnodmys Dilemma - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NAXg002Eyk
Strange House - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jabGn-GKTLM&feature=related
Feel Like Flying - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO6mNoHEzxQ
Sleep Like a Child - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBbmJ2nVjg
Magic in the Air - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jadYKsmDXfg


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Atari
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September 28th 2012



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hey there menawati, good review. pos'd.

This doesn't sound at all like the kinks does it?


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menawati
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September 28th 2012



15800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no not really Atari, a well known group I would compare it to is The Yardbirds but only a few things
of their stuff sounds like them

Atari
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September 28th 2012



19465 Comments


To be honest I haven't even heard the yardbirds

menawati
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September 28th 2012



15800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

erm..well you heard Cream ?

Atari
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September 28th 2012



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Yes of course

menawati
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September 28th 2012



15800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well it doesn't sound like them really, damn thats not helpful oh just listen to the youtube links lol

Atari
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September 28th 2012



19465 Comments


Cool deal I'll check them out later I've enjoyed most music I've heard from the 60's so far. The Beatles are my all time favorite band.



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