Together

Together

by Country Joe & the Fish
     
 

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Together, Country Joe & the Fish's third album, was the group's most consistent, most democratic, and their best-selling record. Unlike their first two albums, which were dominated by Country Joe McDonald's voice and compositions, Together featured the rest of the band -- guitarists Barry Melton and David Cohen, bassist Bruce Barthol, and drummer Chicken

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Together, Country Joe & the Fish's third album, was the group's most consistent, most democratic, and their best-selling record. Unlike their first two albums, which were dominated by Country Joe McDonald's voice and compositions, Together featured the rest of the band -- guitarists Barry Melton and David Cohen, bassist Bruce Barthol, and drummer Chicken Hirsh -- almost as prominently as McDonald. That's usually a formula for disaster, but in this case it gave the album more variety and depth: McDonald tended to favor droning mantras like the album-closing "An Untitled Protest," which worked better when contrasted with the likes of Melton's catchy anti-New York diatribe, "The Streets of Your Town," and the group-written "Rock and Soul Music." Songs like the latter cast the group as a soul revue, true, and they couldn't quite pull that off, but Together had the charming quality of unpredictability; you never knew what was coming next. Unfortunately, what came next in the band's career was a split. Barthol was out by September 1968, Cohen and Hirsh followed in January 1969. Thereafter, McDonald and Melton fronted various Fish aggregations, but it was never the same, even when this lineup regrouped for Reunion in 1977.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/30/1992
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707927727
catalogNumber:
79277
Rank:
98061

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Country Joe & the Fish   Primary Artist
Barry Melton   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Rap
Bruce Barthol   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Country Joe McDonald   Guitar,Harmonica,Tambourine,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Bells,Rap
Robin McDonald   Percussion,finger cymbals
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Percussion,Castanets,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
David Bennett Cohen   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices,Bells

Technical Credits

Barry Melton   Sound Effects,Producer
Bruce Barthol   Sound Effects
Samuel Charters   Producer,Liner Notes
Ed Friedner   Special Effects,Engineer
Country Joe McDonald   Sound Effects
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Sound Effects,Contributor
David Bennett Cohen   Sound Effects

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