SOMA RECORDS V1 SHAKE IT FOR ME 150g LP
The record world was a completely different place in 1965.
Kids wanting to take home a piece of the rock 'n' roll action they frugged to at the Armory dance last weekend or a wild tune they heard the local bossjocks spin on the way home from school, inevitably had to deal with seven-inchers made by independent record labels. The single was the thing in the mid-60's, not the album. In even the hippest big city record emporiums, you could thumb through the entire recorded canon of British Invasion-influenced LPs - no more than a hundred or so - in about five minutes. But, ahhh, those singles. And nobody did them better than the shoebox companies sprouting up like bread mold all over the country, labels who could tap into the best local talent and get their show-stopping songs into the local record shops.
The Soma Record Company of Minneapolis caught the national spotlight by releasing hits from the likes of the Castaways and the Gestures. But "Liar Liar" and "Run, Run, Run" are just the tip ofthe iceberg. If you've always suspected that thousands of great singles from the '60s that you've yet to hear are lurking in the bushes, guess what? You're right. Step into the dusty Soma vaults with us - brush aside those cobwebs, if you would - point your flashlight towards the strobelight flickering at the far end of the tunnel and keep walking. When the cool Fender 'n Farfisa sounds finally grab you by the shirt collar, just keep telling yourself: "This isn't a dream. It's what I was born to do."
1. The Deacons: Empty Heart
2. The Chancellors: Yo Yo
3. The Underbeats: Shake It For Me
4. The Castaways: Goodbye Babe
5. Dudley & The Doo Rytes: U.F.O.
6. The Titans: The NoPlace Special
7. The Four Wheels: Cold 45
8. The Chancellors: Charlie Brown
9. The Boys Next Door: Suddenly She Was Gone
10. The Embermen: Fat Girl
11. The Gestures: I'm Not Mad
12. Sir Winston & The Commons: We're Gonna Love
13. The Torres: Ride On
14. The Castaways: Sam
15. The High Spirits: Tossin' & Turnin'
16. The Del Counts: Bird Dog