Hot Ones - Tower 1966
The group never got their big break-through, but did optain a top twenty place with the single "Dirty Water". All this said, what we have is a solid, though not particularly innovative, collection of cover versions of contemporary hits. The raw Standells sound is present on most tracks, and in a few cases, Standells versions have probably aged more gracefully than the originals. The Standells version of "Lil Red Riding Hood" works really excellent.
Otherwise you have look at the bonus tracks to find something really exciting. "Misty Lane" on a par with the group's best recordings, and classic garage rock.
Producer Ed Cobb, has written two Mersybeat-inspired ballads "You Were the One" and "Ten O'Clock Scholar", where especially the latter is quite charming, but probably not something you would expect from a group like the Standells. The same can probably be said for "School Girl" that stylistically could have fit well into the team last album "Try It", which was strange mixture of various styles anyway. "When I Was a Cowboy" and "Do not Tell Me What to Do" are two unpretentious cuts, the first has a certain charm, while the latter is just tiresome.
No doubt that this album is Standells' least interesting, but not without good moments.