Bert Switzer


Bert Switzer - 1977-2002 ©2002 Self-Released
1. Switzer-Miller - Outside Reality
2. Switzer-Powers - Crazy Train
3. The Destroyed - In The Room
4. The Destroyed - 686-6
5. The Destroyed - Power
6. The Destroyed - The Ocean
7. The Destroyed - KO
8. The Destroyed - Animal Disease
9. Monster-Island - Hoh
10. Monster Island - The Rebel
11. The Destroyed - Nothing Wrong With Tears
12. The Destroyed - Lizard King
13. The Destroyed - 686-6
14. The Destroyed - The Killing
15. The Destroyed - One More Chance
16. The Destroyed - KO
17. The Destroyed - Please God
18. The Destroyed - Animal Disease
19. Switzer - Out Of The Straight Jacket

This is probably the first time I can recall any drummer releasing a career-long retrospective release. In the case of Bert Switzer, his resume is one of near total obscurity and after suffering through an hour of bad demo quality material, it's a good chance he will stay there.

In the late 70s, Switzer apparently spent quite a bit of time with a garage band called The Destroyed, who appear on most of the tracks here. Since the band never had a studio recording, everything here is culled from various practice room cassettes with fairly poor quality. The Destroyed was nothing special for their time period and often the lousy sound quality detracts from them even further. Granted, The Destroyed's songs are nowhere near as poorly recorded as the cover of "Crazy Train", which is nearly inaudible. One perhaps could overlook the bad quality if perhaps this band was more relevant, but frankly, they weren't impressive then and they certainly aren't impressive now. For a drummer releasing a retrospective such as this, you think it'd be wise to find some recordings that don't bury the drums in the noise.

By the end of this CD, I can't say with any certainly if Bert Switzer is a great drummer or just another guy who was able to finance releasing his very own vanity, er, indie CD. I can only say that I'm thoroughly unimpressed and listening to an hour of home recordings was simply a drag.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2004

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