November 5th, 2015
Carrie’s Music Machine: “Tom Dyer’s New Pagan God has me with “The History of Northwest Rock Vol.1″ treated to 15 great songs from the period from 1959 to 1968 and I can any lover of 60s music then also 100% recommend this disc.”
TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN.
Review: Tom Dyer’s New Pagan Gods – The History of Northwest Rock Vol.1 1959-1968 (Green Monkey Records, 2015) (Rock)
Tom Dyer from Seattle, Washington, USA, ran for quite some time with the idea to make an album of songs by bands from the North West.
His inspiration for this project he drew from the album “The History of Northwest Rock Vol.1″ which in 1976 through the Great West Music Company label appeared and one of the many labels, which was the impresario Jerry dennon of Jerden Records.
He asked his friends of The Green Pajamas to assist him and the result is an album that 15 covers contains.
The band, which plays the songs, includes: Tom Dyer – vocals and lead guitar, Scott Sutherland – lead guitar and vocals, Joe Ross – bass guitar and harmonica, Jeff Kelly – organ and piano, and Scott Vanderpool – drums and vocals. The CD begins with a cover of a song by The Sonics, entitled “The Witch” and herein put the tie me a beautiful song for garage rock, which is played in a not too fast pace, then I “Walk Do not Run” to hear war and this Ventures cover is played excellently by the band. After that, the band let me enjoy a cover of Tiny Tony And The Statics, titled “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and this is a great swinging rock song, with the impossible to sit still and this is followed by “You Got Your Head On Backwards”, which is again a cover of a song by The Sonics and in this song, which includes blues influences are some good changes of pace and wonderful harmonica playing. The next song is called “Hungry,” a Paul Revere & The Raiders cover and in it I hear a catchy sounding rock song and this song contains some good changes of pace, and I “Angel Of The Morning” (Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts) dished get and this is an excellent version of this tranquil pop song, though I miss the women singing anyway. Then I hear a swinging contemporary version of the song “Louie, Louie”, originally a hit for The Port Landers and The Kingsmen, followed by “Dirty Robber” (The Wailers), a brilliant rock & roll song. In “Come Softly To Me” (The Fleet Woods) the band sounds like a fairly quiet piece pop music (listen to this song over the youtube link below the review) and “Just Like Me” (Paul Revere & The Raiders) I get a nice rock song in a not too rapidly to put. Then the band plays “Out Of Our Tree” (The Wailers) a great swinging rock song, where inaction is not an option and it is followed by “Little Sally Tease” (Don & The Goodtimes), a fantastic rock song and this song brings me to move. “Werewolf” (The Frantics) is a delightful instrumental progressive rock song that has a slightly hypnotic effect on me and “Busy Body” (The Dynamics With Jimmy Hanna) is a nice danceable rock song with rhythm and blues influences, while the last track of the album “She’s Boss” (The Dimensions) again is such a wonderful swinging rock song. Tom Dyer’s New Pagan God has me with “The History of Northwest Rock Vol.1″ treated to 15 great songs from the period from 1959 to 1968 and I can any lover of 60s music then also 100% recommend this disc.