Nazz, 13th And Pine

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Though they're typically viewed as little more than a brief footnote to Todd Rundgren's long and storied career, the Nazz were actually one of the finest bands to emerge from the American garage rock scene of the '60s. Heavily influenced by such British contemporaries as the Who, the Move, the Small Faces and the Yardbirds, the Philadelphia-based quartet specialized in "power pop" years before the term was coined. 13th and Pine is a collection of demos and outtakes recorded in 1968 during sessions for their second album, Nazz Nazz. "Loosen Up/Under The Ice," "How Can You Call That Beautiful," "Not Wrong Long" and "Hang On Paul" show the band at their explosive mod-psych best, while "It Must Be Everywhere," "Letters Don't Count" and the 11-minute epic "A Beautiful Song" (offered here in a stunning instrumental version) chart the melodic course that Rundgren would soon follow to greater commercial success.