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  • Audio Cassette (8 Dec. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B000007N12
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag
2. Who Am I
3. Pat's Song
4. Rock Coast Blues
5. Magoo
6. Janis
7. Thought Dream
8. Thursday
9. Eastern Jam
10. Colors for Susan

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sylvain on 25 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Country Joe and the Fish's first two albums are both, simply, spectacular. Discussions of the merits of one over the other can perhaps lose sight of this by arguing a point ultimately neither worth proving nor in fact provable; similarly, claiming that either of these is the best `psychedelic' album of the 60s may be an indication of their strengths but may not be as constructive as enjoying either of them on their own merits

They are different (if clearly related) albums, with both delivering unique takes on the massive evolution in sounds and attitudes in the Bay Area of 66/67. That Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die followed so hot on the heels of their first, Electric Music for the Mind and Body, is further testament to just how spectacularly creative this band were during their brief, incredible peak.

Strangely, the weakest track on this album is probably the most familiar, its first and title track. Sitting somewhat outside the sound and feel of the rest of the music, it's dated less well. This may be partly because the famous solo Woodstock version has become the one fixed in most people's minds. The Fixin-to-Die Rag was also a song that their label somewhat idiotically urged them to keep off their first album, where it was perhaps more in keeping with Superbird and some of the shorter, more accessible songs that punctuate the longer instrumentals there. That said, it's still a shining example of darkly humorous and beautifully well-chosen satirical lyrics, and easily the classier relative of a number of more fabled protest songs (yes, I'm talking about you, Mr Zimmerman).

The rest of this album is astonishing.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 5 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Lost beneath the interest that surrounded, and continues to surround, their first album ("Electric Music for the Mind & Body"), Country Joe & the Fish's second album merits serious consideration as the best "psychedelic" record ever made.

If psychedelic means highly innovative, ethereal music in which technical skill is secondary to the creation of pure "mood & feel" then virtually all of the tracks on this album qualify as winners. Skip the brilliantly metered, wonderfully sarcastic but (in psychedelic terms) incongruous jug-band opener, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die", and go straight to "Magoo" (one of the most bizarrely structured, yet effective pieces of music produced by this or any other group) and "Colors for Susan" (a series of highly unusual "West Coast" guitar chords played at a snail's pace that succeeds in creating feelings of tension & relaxation at the same time) and drop into a world of weird, reflective and totally unique music that drifts, often precariously, between simplicity and brilliant ingenuity. "Pat's Song" & "Janis" could have been naively wistful hippie "love songs" if it weren't for their marvellously odd arrangements; "Thursday" combines delicately haunting vocals with a stunningly beautiful organ & guitar break before flowing into "Eastern Jam's" first, wonderfully ecstatic guitar solo, and "Who Am I" & "Rock Coast Blues" should be standard folk & blues respectively, but they're not. What they all are, and add up to, is a near perfect example of music from a different time and place in which groups dared to push themselves to the limits of their creativity.

Flawed only by two irritating between-track jingles that forewarn of the mess that their third album "Together" was to become, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die" remains as playable and interesting today as it was over 30 years ago... a definitive, totally forgotten gem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TomP on 5 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'd never had the mono version before, but it is clear that the 'stereo' version is created / enhanced from the mono recording, the latter sounding MUCH better, so well worth the purchase.

...oh, and the music is just great now that more of it can be heard more clearly !!

Note to self: must check the Electric Music... dual version to see if it is the same
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album, it seems to me, has been totally underrated, whilst other woodstock performers such as Hendrix and Santana have received great praise and coverage, country joe and the fish have had much less than they deserve. It's definately a very groovy album but it's also very destinct from other psychedellic material I've heard. The album's strength comes from this originality and it will always be for me, one of the most enlightening albums, particularly the songs "Thursday and Colours for Susan".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is a stunning collection of songs. Been around Country Joe since the late 1970's mainly due to the Woodstock soundtrack. Firstly `I feel like I`m fixin` to die ` is one of the best protest songs ever written and performed. The real depth of the album are the songs that follow it.
I got a number of Country Joe recordings from Joe McDonald's website. He signed every cd to me. They are now much loved and played. There is a live album with some other great West Coast `heads` on it. Please check out the website there is a wonderful cd of Joe playing his songs from his long career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cornish Deadhead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The second album from this left field West Coast band re-mastered to perfection in my opinion, I simply cannot believe how good this old recording sounds. Whilst for me, their best album will always be their first Electric Music for the Mind and Body, this one was a cracking follow up.

The Anti-Vietnam War anthem that kicks off this album is probably the best anti-war song ever written in my view as it cleverly combines pathos with humour. Whilst it's fun to have the mono version as well as the stereo, I can't see the second version being played very often, although it does have a couple of bonus tracks. I didn't purchase the original CD version of this album, so I am unable to comment on any sonic improvement with this one, but believe me it sounds good!

Packaging is a double digipak as the stereo and mono versions are on separate CDs; there's a 40 page booklet (yes 40 pages!), with much information, photos, posters, memorabilia etc; a fold out "Fish Game" (6 X booklet size) which is a bit of fun/gimmick depending on your viewpoint.

If you enjoyed the original album, I cannot see that you would not enjoy this version, if you're new to them, then get yourself a slice of west coast psychedelia at its best.
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