I'm a sucker for retrospective compilations of pre-punk rock combos, so these tracks by Canada's SS from '74 to '78 fits my taste quite well. The main album represented here, Cyborgs Revisted, was recorded and mixed by Bob Lanois (guess who his brother is), and it's a treat of punky Syd Barrett/Who/Hawkwind. Bob's recordings also hold up very well - balanced mixes, great tones and lots of reverb on the synth. The bonus tracks are quite a bit rougher, coming from cassette recordings and a 7" session, but they provide a great document of a timeless and cool band.

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