Count Five Psychotic Reaction 180g LP
The Group's Only Studio Album Reissued On 180g Vinyl LP!
Cut From The Original Analog Masters at Capitol Studios!
Featuring The Classic Garage-Rock Hit Single!
In the mid-'60s in San Jose, a group of teens got together under then name
The Squires. They played around town and became a local favorite. But, when
member Sean Byrne penned a song called "Psychotic Reaction", the band was thrust
onto the national stage. Having changed their name to The Count Five, the
group's 1966 album Psychotic Reaction landed on the Billboard 200 chart and the
song itself made it all the way to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group
disbanded in 1967, just one year after their single hit the airwaves.
The title track, "Psychotic Reaction", from the 1966 debut album from Count Five
peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the earliest successful
acid/psychedelic rock songs. The song was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame's list of the '500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll' in 2014.
"If you know this San Jose band, you probably know the essay Lester Bangs
wrote positively drooling over this album, which got him so excited he made up a
bunch more Count Five LPs that didn't exist. The Count Five – who wore Bela
Lugosi-style Dracula capes – had a touch of the Zombies about them, and some
similar melodic and rhythmic panache, albeit with less flexible grooves. This
record is catchy as hell, with a couple Who covers, but more highlights in terms
of originals. The hit title track 'Psychotic Reaction' borrows the rave-up
gambit from the Yardbirds' 'I'm a Man' – a pretty bold pilfer – but opener
'Double-Decker Bus' is the real rabble-rouser. Again, the American
guitar-wielding teens of 1966 loved British stuff. And the reconceptualization
of everyday British imagery could be pretty heady in its new seedy American
digs. Don that cape!" - Rolling Stone – 10 Wild LPs From Garage Rock's
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Cut from the original analog masters at Capitol Studios
• Old-school tip-on jacket
1. Double Decker Bus
2. Pretty Big Mouth
3. The World
4. My Generation
5. She's Fine
6. Psychotic Reaction
1. Peace Of Mind
2. They're Gonna Get You
3. The Morning After
4. Can't Get Your Lovin'
5. Out In The Street