In 1967 The DEVIANTS led by the charismatic MICK FARREN recorded their very first album at IBC studios which cost the princely sum of £700 and unleashed upon the world what some people came to describe later as punk/garage music but then was called the “London underground scene”.
The original LP was released on the Underground Impresarios label but went mainstream after its initial release and was licensed to Decca in the UK and Sire in the USA.
PETER SHERTSER who founded the URE label and owns the masters tells his fascinating story in the informative sleeve notes written by James McCarraher.
MICK FARREN, RUSS HUNTER,CORD REES, SANDERSON, SPARKES & ASHWORTH
As dangerous as anything The Stooges would later do, the likes of 'Garbage', 'Deviation Street' and 'Nowhere Man' are simply breathtaking, especially for the time...Given its near legendary status and the regular frequency with which 'Ptooff!' has been re-released in recent years, what else is there really left to say about this album that hasn't already been said? A classic in the truest sense of the word.Vive Le Rock (July 2013)
In true punk spirit, The Deviants really had one rowdy, messy shot. They splurged it up the wall on Ptooff! and we'd have to wait another decade to hear anything as defiantly ugly, truculent and resentful in British rock music again.
Uncut (April 2013)
More accomplished records lay ahead for the band - not least 1978's fabulous Vampires Stole My Lunch Money - but somewhere within these gnarly 35 minutes of spaced-out rhythm 'n' booze lies the scrawled blueprint for punk.
Classic Rock Magazine (April 2013)
On the bearish I'm Coming Home, Farren's vocal on the repeated phrase "walking up your stairs" arrogantly remains one step above the key of the song. Garbage, meanwhile, is a misanthropic, troglodyte flail with a rudimentary lip-wipe of harmonica, and the sluggardly Charlie is performed with the precarious inertia of deep-sixed stoners who know that, if they move their heads even slightly, they'll be explosively sick.
Record Collector (April 2013)
This fascinating period piece is now available as a newly remastered Angel Air CD, complete with original sleeve notes by the late great John Peel.
Kevin Bryan (March 2013)
Their confrontational and jagged debut album, the oft and again reissued Ptoof! is, in the main, skeletal blues rock filtered through perceptions altered by large doses of The Fugs and The Mothers of Invention - their "Help, I’m a Rock" looms large over "Garbage"...
...Ptoof! is a reminder that, no matter how hairy they were, some of 1967's Londoners were hardly gentle people.
www.theartsdesk.com (March 2013)
Those brave and curious enough to order a copy of this now re-mastered and sought after 1967 album (which went mainstream after its initial release) will be rewarded with an informative 12-page booklet, containing original sleeve notes by John Peel. Mind you, a complimentary box with acid-soaked sugar cubes might come in handy, too!
Claudia A, music-news.com (March 2013)
For those willing to invest in some late '60s psychedelia and hear a glimpse of what early punk might have sounded like, this might just be something to investigate.
As always Angel Air have done a marvellous job here with the overall presentation, including a booklet packed with interviews and information on the band.
www.seaoftranquility.org (March 2013)