When Van the Man robbed the bank in 1967 with “Brown Eyed Girl” he moved quickly to establish himself as a successful solo artist. Alas, that meant that “Them” was doomed as an active recording unit. Van Morrison left the band and his former buddies for dead. The remaining group members had two choices: either to disband – or to establish a separate niche for themselves. The group struggled valiantly, against considerable odds, for more than five years, ultimately giving up in 1972 – but not before releasing no less than four albums, extremely coveted today by both garage- and psychedelic era collectors. Indeed, the four albums the band released between 1967 and 1971 are now probably more sought after than the two albums the group recorded with Van Morrison – which, mind you, are major collectible rarities in their own right. What characterizes the group’s final two albums is a practically unrestrained and unconstrained attack by fuzz guitars, distortion and feedback. The sound is somewhat similar to the albums bands such as MC5 and Stooges were releasing around the same time. On this, the group’s next-to-the-last album, Them gives a run for the money to practically every other known garage band. This is a high-octane, high-testosterone buzz-saw rock that affects the nervous system with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Take our word: unless you have heard this – and the band’s last album, released a year later, you don’t know what “garage” rock means. The cover is VG+ with some general wear but no seam splits or writing. The condition of the disc is a beautiful M-!