Sir Douglas Quintet – The Complete Mercury Masters (2005)

Posted by Green on January 9, 2022as

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Doug Sahm is one of the great figures in 20th century American music, which isn’t quite the same thing as saying he’s one of the best-known musicians. As the frontman of the Sir Douglas Quintet, he had a Top 20 hit with the garage rock classic “She’s About a Mover” in 1966 and a Top 30 single with “Mendocino” three years later, but after that he settled into a small but intensely devoted cult following. Not that there weren’t attempts to break him on a wider scale — after the Quintet broke up, Atlantic launched a publicity blitz for a pair of solo albums in 1973 — but they never quite clicked, probably because Sahm’s music, no matter how brilliant it was, never was popular music. It was a wild, wooly blend of rock & roll, soul, country, blues, and Tex-Mex, as informed by the sunny vibes of hippiedom as it was by the rowdy spirit of garage rock. Sahm created this sound with the Sir Douglas Quintet in the late ’60s and over the next three decades he never strayed from it, but those records that the band released between 1968 and 1971 (plus 1973’s rarities round-up Rough Edges) remained at the core of his legacy, and for good reason: not only did they illustrate the breadth and depth of Sahm’s ambition, they’re simply dynamic rock & roll, truly visionary American roots music. What separated the Sir Douglas Quintet from their blues-rock, country-rock and hippie contemporaries is that there wasn’t a shred of pretention in their music. All the genre bending and unpredictable juxtapositions flowed naturally, performed with the muscle of a roadhouse blues band and the warm, welcoming vibe of San Franciscan rockers. Of all their peers, the Band were the closest touchstone, in terms of scope and achievement, but the Sir Douglas Quintet lacked that quintet’s American gothic literary bent. They were simply a rock & roll band, out to have a good time and have others follow. As such, they never got quite as much critical respect in the traditional rock history books as they deserved, but the six LPs they released for Smash/Mercury constitute one of the strongest bodies of work for an American rock & roll band of the ’60s.

Disc: 1

1. Are Inlaws Really Outlaws
2. Sell a Song
3. Song of Everything
4. Can You Dig My Vibrations
5. I’m Glad for Your Sake (But I’m Sorry for Mine)
6. Whole Lotta Peace of Mind
7. You Never Get Too Big and You Sure Don’t Get Too Heavy, That You Don’t
8. Suzie Q [#]
9. San Antonio Rose [#]
10. Mendocino
11. Don’t Want
12. I Wanna Be Your Mama Again
13. At the Crossroads
14. If You Really Want Me to I’ll Go
15. And It Didn’t Even Bring Me Down
16. Lawd, I’m Just a Country Boy in This Great Big Freaky City
17. She’s About a Mover
18. Texas Me
19. Oh, Baby, It Just Don’t Matter
20. Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day [Outtake]
21. Dynamite Woman [Single]
22. Too Many Dociled Minds [Single]

Disc: 2

1. Nuevo Laredo
2. Dallas Alice
3. T-Bone Shuffle
4. I Don’t Want to Go Home
5. Medley: Son of Bill Baety
6. Backwood’s Girl
7. Revolutionary Ways
8. Seguin
9. If She’d Only Come to Me
10. Magic Illusion
11. Medley: One Too Many Mornings/Got to Sing a Happy Song
12. Yesterday Got in the Way
13. In the Dark
14. Don’t Bug Me!, Pts. 1-2
15. Be Real
16. Pretty Flower
17. What About Tomorrow?
18. Catch the Man on the Rise
19. Tortilla Flats
20. A Nice Song
21. Monterey Sun
22. Sixty Minutes of Your Love
23. I Wanna Be Your Mama Again [Single Session Out-Take]
24. I Don’t Want to Go Home [Single B-Side]

Disc: 3

1. Texas Me [Single Session Out-Take]
2. Preach What You Live, Live What You Preach
3. She’s Huggin’ You, But She’s Lookin’ at Me
4. Keep Your Soul
5. Papa Ain’t Salty
6. Stoned Faces Don’t Lie
7. Me and My Destiny
8. Wasted Days, Wasted Nights
9. The Railpak Dun Done in the del Monte
10. Oh Lord, Please Let It Rain in Texas
11. The Gypsy
12. Michoacan [Single]
13. Westside Blues Again [Single B-Side]

Disc: 4

1. Sir Doug’s Recording Trip
2. You’re Doin’ It Too Hard
3. The Homecoming
4. Soulful Woman
5. Too Many Dociled Minds
6. Southside Girls
7. Hello Amsterdam
8. Spearfish by Night
9. Colinda
10. Linda Lou
11. Dynamite Woman
12. Leaving Kansas City
13. At the Crossroads [Alternate Mix]
14. Texas Me [Alternate Mix]
15. Mendocino [Spanish Version]
16. Que Sera Mañana [What About Tomorrow]
17. Nuevo Laredo [Spanish Version]
18. La Luna Fue Culpable (And It Didn’t Even Bring Me Down) [Spanish Version]
19. Ain’t Goin’ Down Right [Single]
20. Lovin’ Man on Your Hands [Single B-Side]
21. Lovin’ Man on Your Hands [Single]
22. Reconsider Baby [Single B-Side]
23. Your Bag Is Bringing Me Down
24. Movin’ Out

Disc: 5

1. Are Inlaws Really Outlaws [Mono Single]
2. Sell a Song [Mono Single]
3. Mendocino [Mono Single]
4. I Wanna Be Your Mama [Mono Single]
5. And It Didn’t Even Bring Me Down [Mono Single]
6. Lawd, I’m Just a Country Boy in This Great Big Freaky City [Mono Single
7. Dynamite Woman [Mono Single]
8. Too Many Dociled Minds [Mono Single]
9. At the Crossroads [Mono Single]
10. Texas Me [Mono Single]
11. Nuevo Laredo [Mono Single]
12. I Don’t Want to Go Home [Mono Single]
13. Be Real [Mono Single]
14. I Don’t Want to Go Home [Mono Single]
15. What About Tomorrow [Mono Single]
16. (I Found Love) A Nice Song [Mono Single]
17. Catch the Man on the Rise [Mono Single]
18. Pretty Flower [Mono Single]
19. Me and My Destiny [Mono Single]
20. Wasted Days, Wasted Nights [Mono Single]
21. Michoacan [Mono Single]
22. Westside Blues Again [Mono Single]

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