First up are the Prisoners andtheir 1982 album that launched the band, pressed up originally on their own Own-Up label. The first Prisoners album I ever bought was actually their second LP, Thewizermizerdemelza, but after loving that so much I immediately set out to find the first one. Thinner in sound that any of their subsequent albums, this one captures all the energy and youthfulness of a band finding their sound and is perhaps their most"mod"in a strict sense.
Graham Day's throaty vocals and slashing guitar play perfectly off of James Taylor's organ work, especially on instro songs like "Creepy Crawlies" and "Come To The Mushroom." Hints of psych emerge in the title track and "Coming Home" is a garage rock classic. Also really cool is the hip-shakin' "Say Your Prayers," dominated by a simple yet effective '60s-style beat and riff. 2003 - Alan Wright