The Kitchen Cinq are very much an in-the-known band, beloved by those that know, but generally lurking in the shadows, including behind frontman Lee Hazlewood’s solo career. When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-1968 collects the whole lot of their sparky garage-rock’n’roll, including very early, very rare stuff. On Light In The Attic.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 August 2015
We all know that to be a band in the '60's you had to have some kind of play on words going on. The Kitchen Cinq were no different and were amongst a host of bands (including The Intyrnet and The Vydeo Recorders) who had absolutely no hits whatever. So why on earth is this getting a re-issue? Well, their frontman was a pre-moustachio'd Lee Hazlewood. That's why.
They are very typical for bands of the era. Most of their songs are covers of some sort (Neil Diamond, Leiber & Stoller, Lennon & McCartney etc) which they perform with a garage-y gusto. 'Codine' sounds somewhat like early Love, 'Young Boy' The Animals, 'Last Time Ti Turn Around' The Hollies. It's a treasure trove of sometimes unbelievably compressed '60's pop, the later tracks have the whimsy of the early Bee Gees down to the preposterous song titles ('Dying Daffodil Incident' is pure Gibb bros).
Though not earth shaking, it's a fun collection for fans of '60's pop and interesting for a historical perspective and the packaging is as good as any of the Lights in the Attic re-issues.
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