ROCKADROME - Royal American 20th Century Blues

Rockadrome hail from Ontario, Canada, and their album is one of the rarest to emanate from the country. The music contained on here is a mixture of rock, psyche and a touch of blues, and some of the tracks are definitely Beatles influenced. The album opens with 'R.A.T.C.B. Teaser', which is used as a theme throughout the album, with a reprise at the end and the main song later on the disc. The first proper song is 'Very Strange' - which it isn't. It is a nice taste of Canadian psyche with some fetching guitar-work, and is followed by the more bluesy 'Thirteen Miles Down' which includes the requisite blues guitar solo. The title track is split in two and done as a rock version and a psyche/pop version, both of which are very good, and 'There You Go Again' has a Byrdsian chime to it coupled with a Dylan-influenced vocal. 'Inside Out, Inside In' is one of the Beatles-y songs, but there is nothing wrong with that if it is done well, which this is. The intro to 'T.O. Town' has evinced comparisons with the Monkees as it is very similar to 'Last Train To Clarksville', but the song itself is a great garage rocker. 'Ain't It A Shame' is a little too close to goodtime pop for my liking, but put against the high quality of the rest of the album this can be forgiven. It was bootlegged in the 80's with a black and white cover, but you can now get an exact repro with colour sleeve, although it is quite pricey for the vinyl. Haven't seen it on CD for a while, but it usually follows fairly quickly, and when it does it is highly recommended.