Cherry Red are to issue a new box set unearthing the UK’s hairy heavy underground of the late-60s and early-70s.

I’M A FREAK, BABY: A Journey Through The British Heavy & Psych Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-72 compiles 36-tracks of by the ex-mods, speedfreaks and counter-cultural iconoclasts that would go on to smash down the door for punk and pave the way for metal in later years.

Alongside well-known names like DEEP PURPLE, THE MOVE and THE YARDBIRDS, across three CDs, the set brings together tracks by the likes of Ladbroke Groovers THE DEVIANTS, PINK FAIRIES, HAWKWIND ZOO and Lemmy’s pre-Hawkwind band SAM GOPAL, heavy blues deconstructionists THE GROUNDHOGS, STACK WADDY, SKID ROW and CHICKEN SHACK, angry proto-punks THIRD WORLD WAR and EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND, Shepherd’s Bush proto-metal teen legends STRAY and garage godfather Jesse Hector’s pre-HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS band CRUSHED BUTLER (pictured).

All wrapped up in a clambox with a 36-page booklet, I’m A Freak, Baby is set for release on 29 July, but you can pre-order it here.

Check out ‘My Son’s Alive’ by Crushed Butler.


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  • Bill sheldon on

    I receive this box set yesterday, Excellent presentation, CD1 only listened to so far but a brilliant production


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