The Life and Times of Country Joe & the Fish

The Life and Times of Country Joe & the Fish

by Country Joe & the Fish


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The Life and Times of Country Joe & the Fish

This 77-minute CD is close to an ideal compilation, reaching back to before the band's beginnings for the original 1965 recording of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" and across seven of the better cuts off of Electric Music for the Mind and Body, up through the Woodstock Festival and the band's farewell concert that same year at the Fillmore West. It reels in most of the notable album cuts in between, all in surprisingly good sound (not usually a strong point on Vanguard CDs of the late '80s). The 19 songs, which don't follow a strict chronological order, encompass some of the band's most celebrated experimental material, as well as more traditionally structured songs such as the fiery double-lead guitar workout "Death Sound Blues," the catchy, folk-rock-style "Sing Sing Sing," and the counterculture singalong "Marijuana" and works of serious personal significance (and intimately focused genius), including "Grace" and "Janis." The disc offers a good balance between the various sides of the group's sound and includes several notable live tracks, including the November 1968 Fillmore East performance of "Superbird," an anti-Lyndon Johnson song that dated back to 1965 and which is adapted here to include an attack on president-elect Richard Nixon. The sound is amazingly good and consistent throughout, and the track order, as well as the music itself, is downright spellbinding at times; the annotation is minimal, but this CD really has only a single flaw -- apparently, between the 1965 original version of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" and the 1969 Woodstock performance, there was no room for the standard studio version off of the band's second LP.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1991
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707272827
catalogNumber: 27/28
Rank: 97682

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Country Joe & the Fish   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Barry Melton   Organ,Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Paul Armstrong   Bass,Tabla,Tambourine,Washboard
Bruce Barthol   Bass,Harmonica,Tambourine
Carvel Bass   Guitar
Gregory Leroy Dewey   Drums
John Francis Gunning   Drums
Mark Kapner   Keyboards
Country Joe McDonald   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Robin McDonald   Percussion
Doug Metzner   Bass
Peregrine Pickle   Bass
Mark Ryan   Bass
Richard Saunders   Bass
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Castanets,Drums,Vocals
David Bennett Cohen   Organ,Guitar,Calliope,Harpsichord,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Sam Charles   Producer
Samuel Charters   Producer
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Sound Effects

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