"If your only interest in Lothar And The Hand People (★★★) lies in the outré use of Theremin and early Moog synthesisers on their two LPs, you may move on. This is an early days document – a live recording in which they have a quite competent and listenable rip through several of the garage-band classics of the day, sounding quite like all the Chocolate Watch Bands and Shadows of Knightses who took their cues more from the Stones than from The Beatles. The Theremin would come later. But this is just another in a long line of examples of “Local Unrecorded Garage Band Is Way Better Than You Might Have Thought”. The sound quality is very good. The whole thing left me wishing they’d brought just a bit more of this sort of sensibility along with them when they emigrated to Saturn a year later."

- Mike Fornatale (Shindig Magazine)

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    • Previously unheard live Lothar from one of their very first shows!

    • A musical portrait of hard-hitting hooligans destined to grow up quickly and revolutionize rock!

    Grindin’ & drivin’ garage punk?

    This 1966 live recording provides the first evidence of Lothar And The Hand People's previous life as a feral gang of rough-hewn, guitar-based garage rockers. From ferocious turns on traditional blues tunes to the Hand People’s custom-built snarling rave-up originals, Come Along captures some of the most electrifying moments from the period before they followed their electronic inclinations down a freakier path.

    Denver's Exodus club was a cut above the junior beer joints. It had already earned a reputation as a top-tier stop on the national folk music circuit, hosting everyone from Judy Collins to Bob Dylan. But the times, they were a-changin', and Lothar And The Hand People became the first rockers ever to soil the stage of the storied folk den.

    When the world at large met Lothar And The Hand People they were electronic rock explorers, but in their first evolutionary phase captured here, they were pounding out songs that kept patrons boozing and boogieing. The Hand People’s set runs the gamut from Van Morrison's Them-era career-maker "Gloria" and Wilson Pickett's 1965 smash "In The Midnight Hour" to the ballsy stomper of a title track that wouldn't have sounded out of place at a Velvet Underground gig, and other early originals showing that the boys were starting to write their way out of the garage.


    Come Along • Baby, Please Don’t Go • Walking The Dog • Wild About My Lovin’ • If I Have To Choose • In The Midnight Hour • Nobody Knows • Gloria • Who’s Been Talking? • That’s Another Story

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