Fugitives - On The Run With The Fugitives (1966) MP3/Flac

altaltTo be honest, a lot of the acts on the sought after Justice label simply aren't very good - certainly not worth the sky-high prices dealers demand for original copies of these mid-1960s rarities. Richmond, Virginia's The Fugitives are one of the exceptions, and of the twenty or so garage acts to record for the short-lived North Carolina-based label, they easily fit in the top-5 in terms of talent and enthusiasm. Lead vocalist Richard Donlavey and lead guitarist Mick Russell apparently started the band while in high school. By the time they recorded their 1966 LP "On the Run with the Fugitives" the line up included Russell's older brothers/keyboard player Joe, as well as drummer Buster Byard and twins Jimmy (bass) and Tommy (rhythm guitar) Sickal. Given Justice was a vanity label, it's likely that the band coughed up roughly $1,000 for four hours of studio time at Justice's Winston-Salem Studios. Their investment probably saw between 500 - 1,000 copies of their one and only album pressed, which helps explain the asking price on this baby. So what makes this one worth tracking down? Well, in musical terms it isn't radically different from most of the Justice catalog. If you're reading this, then you probably know that means The Fugitives were a bunch of young white kids (average age 18) who were into mid-1960s garage rock. Like most of their contemporaries recording for Justice, much of the album sounds as if it had been recorded at the bottom of a toilet. The Justice Winston-Salem studio seems to have injected a hollow, murky sound into almost everything it touched. That said, this set has two things going for it. First, overlooking a couple of the lame top-40 covers (a painfully out of tune "Until" and yet another needless cover of "Ebb Tide"), the band plays with considerable enthusiasm which usually makes up for their limited technical skills. Blown notes and off-key vocals abound, but on material such as "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Bo Diddley" it just sounds like these guys were having fun. The other winning factor is the album's high self-penned content. Four of the album's twelve selections are originals, with the roaring fuzz-propelled title track (which was apparently intended as a never-to-be-released single), and "Kidding Around" standing out among the most impressive performances. A worthy addition to any garage rock collection !!!
(review taken from Bad Cat Records)

Along with "The Tempos", "The Barracudas" and "Mod and The Rockers" one of the better offerings on the Justice label. This rip (which is not mine) is from the CD re-issue on Collectables (Collectables COL 0613 / 1996).

- On The Run
- Turn On Your Love Light
- Until 3-11
- Tossing And Turning
- Ebb Tide
- He Will Break Your Heart
- Gun Slinger
- Minus One Heart
- Needing Someone
- You Can't Catch Me
- Kidding Around
- Get Out Of My Life Woman

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