Editors’ Notes With the ninth volume of The Rubble Collection, the folks at Bam-Caruso Records distanced themselves even further from the '60s garage rock of the Pebbles series. But here they also ventured away from much British psych, concentrating on groovy tunes that came out of Holland. Compiling 18 tracks of deep psychedelia and rare freakbeat, Plastic Wilderness opens with the catchy and trippy “Celestial Empire” by the Dutch band Dragonfly. Predating Alice Cooper and KISS, Dragonfly was quite possibly the first known band where the members masked their faces in greasepaint and took on alter egos. The more artful Groep 1850 was another Dutch psychedelic quartet; its “Mother No-Head” boasted monk-inspired chanting over a propulsive rhythm section and lyrics that endearingly make little to no sense at all. The Outsiders excelled at playing groovy, R&B-infused freakbeat that the European mods of the '60s championed. Check out Ronnie Splinter’s sizzling guitar leads and Wally Tax’s cool, demure singing on “Do You Feel Alright.” The compilation’s most outstanding track belongs to Q65’s heady “So High I've Been, So Down I Must Fall.”

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