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Electric Music for the Mind and Body
     

Electric Music for the Mind and Body

by Country Joe & the Fish
 

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Their full-length debut is their most joyous and cohesive statement and one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era, the band's swirl of distorted guitar and organ at its most inventive. In contrast to Jefferson Airplane, who were at their best working within conventional song structures, and

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Their full-length debut is their most joyous and cohesive statement and one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era, the band's swirl of distorted guitar and organ at its most inventive. In contrast to Jefferson Airplane, who were at their best working within conventional song structures, and the Grateful Dead, who hadn't quite yet figured out how to transpose their music to the recording studio, Country Joe & the Fish delivered a fully formed, uncompromising, and yet utterly accessible -- in fact, often delightfully witty -- body of psychedelic music the first time out. Ranging in mood from good-timey to downright apocalyptic, it embraced all of the facets of the band's music, which were startling in their diversity: soaring guitar and keyboard excursions ("Flying High," "Section 43," "Bass Strings," "The Masked Marauder"), the group's folk roots ("Sad and Lonely Times"), McDonald's personal ode to Grace Slick ("Grace"), and their in-your-face politics ("Superbird"). Hardly any band since the Beatles had ever come up with such a perfect and perfectly bold introduction to who and what they were, and the results -- given the prodigious talents and wide-ranging orientation of this group -- might've scared off most major record labels. Additionally, this is one of the best-performed records of its period, most of it so bracing and exciting that one gets some of the intensity of a live performance. The CD reissue also has the virtue of being one of the best analog-to-digital transfers ever issued on one of Vanguard Records' classic albums, with startlingly vivid stereo separation and a close, intimate sound. ~ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667047425
catalogNumber:
6704742
Rank:
4689

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Performance Credits

Country Joe & the Fish   Primary Artist
Barry Melton   Guitar,Vocals,Rhythm,Lead
Bruce Barthol   Bass,Harmonica,Fuzz Bass
David Cohen   Organ,Guitar,Drums,Rhythm Guitar
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Drums
Joe McDonald   Guitar,Harmonica,Rhythm Guitar,Recorder,Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,Soloist,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Barry Melton   Composer,Lyricist
Bruce Barthol   Composer,Lyricist
Bill Belmont   Photo Courtesy
Samuel Charters   Producer
David Cohen   Composer,Lyricist
ED Denson   Photo Courtesy
John Francis Gunning   Composer,Lyricist
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Composer,Lyricist
Alec Palao   Liner Notes
Tom Weller   Cover Art
John Bagley   Cover Photo
Sam Charters   Production Notes
Robert Di Souza   Engineer
Joe McDonald   Composer,Lyricist,Photo Courtesy
Michael K. Wiese   Back Cover Photo
Ross Hannan   Photo Courtesy

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