Simply put, Begin by The Millennium is one of the most beautiful and well produced albums of the sixties. Some may find some of the tracks a bit twee and hippiesque but if you are a fan of Pet Sounds and the like, this would be utterly Indespenible.
In my quest to find "Lost Classics" from the sixties this, possibly more than any other is THEE great undiscovered gem. Sounding like a hybrid of Magical Mystery Tour and Pet Sounds, taking cues from both but keeping enough originality to stand apart from either.
The first two tracks, "Prelude" and "To Claudia On Thursday" seque into each other and sound like two parts of the same track. They are pretty base heavy and sound so chrystal clear. From this stellar begining you know you are in for something special and the quality never lets up.
Other highlights are "The Island, Some Sunny Day, It Wont Always Be The Same and The Know It All" are all truly a+ tracks. It is incredible to have so many stellar songs on just one album.
Leaving the best for last though "There Is Nothing More To Say" is a thing of enormous beauty, my only complaint is the brevity.
I have no idea how such masterpieces escape the mainstream success they deserve, however it is simply delighful for collectors and enthusiats to unearth down the line and pass on to like minded colleagues. 10/10