Led by the singing and songwriting of Sky Saxon
, the Seeds
released two bona fide garage band classics in 1967, the defiant "Pushin' Too Hard" and the only slightly more refined "Can't Seem to Make You Mine," but then found it difficult to recapture that brilliantly snotty attitude again, although Saxon
and company certainly tried. This two-disc set has pretty much all the Seeds
anyone could possibly need, and it charts the band's various experiments from sledgehammer proto-punk through silly flower-power psychedelia to something that could almost pass for artsy prog rock, and it includes the two early hits as well as mildly interesting fare like the almost country-sounding "Fallin' Off the Edge (Of My Mind)" and the overwrought but intriguing "Travel with Your Mind." For all but the most ardent Seeds
fan, though, a shorter, more concise collection might be a better bet.