by Robert Bell
Harold Ott's Psych of the South label keeps the beyond-obscure Arkansas garage rock nuggets coming with the fourth installment of the "Lost Souls" series. This one boasts 22 songs that are "100% uncomped, unreleased, unknown acetates and tapes from Arkansas 1965-1968," including tracks from The Vipers, The Coachmen, The Tuesday Blues, The Barons, The Loved Ones, The Federal Union, The Stepin' Stones, The Villigers, The Sons of Soul, Barnsley & Bradley and the hilariously named Steppendog.
The booklet is packed with photos, handbills and other ephemera from that long-ago era, including the type of highly detailed liner notes that we've come to expect from the label and that are appreciated by obsessive garage-rock enthusiasts.
You can get the album directly through the Pysch of the South website on CD ($15) or download it on a variety of formats ($10). It's also on Spotify and if you're vinyl-inclined, there will be a limited-edition LP available this summer with the first 14 tracks.