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Journey to the Center of the Mind - Germany [Extra tracks, Import]

The Amboy Dukes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000006Z2O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mississippi Murderer
2. Surrender To Your Kinks
3. Flight Of The Byrd
4. Scottish Tea
5. Dr. Slingshot
6. Journey To The Center Of The Mind
7. Ivory Castles
8. Why Is A Carrot More Orange Than An Orange
9. Missionary Mary
10. Death Is Life
11. Saint Phiips Friend
12. I'll Prove I'm Right
13. Conclusion
14. You Talk Sunshine, I Breath Fire

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 60s phycedelic rock album!! 21 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
if you love youre phycedelic stuff this is essential album classic also you may love the nugetts 60s collection fab some fab songs on it!! and you may love the thirteenth floor elevators apparantly julian cope was a big fan there a fab group anyway buy this classic!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOST GEM 29 Dec 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars g f cole 25 Feb 2014
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a classic album. great music. early ted nugent original side two of album is one long suite of songs if you want early nugent this is the album to buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey To The Center Of The Mind : The Amboy Dukes 25 Mar 2003
By JCB,HIFIGUY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Lp. shows the kind of regional-local talents around the USA that were pioneering hard rock music before the post Woodstock ultra-commercialization of the genre.While some of the songs may be a little sixties silly, the music, that is the playing, singing and arragements are quite good.It is great early hard rock without the "canned" sound formulated into so many bands since.(hey it's what most people want though)If you like heavy guitar/organ rock,this is an absolute must, and John Drakes powerful vocals are truly a huge part of the bands great sound.He left after the first 2 lps., and the band was never again as good, in my opinion.Ted Nugents guitar is perfect for the format they used as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars centering your mind 26 Nov 2005
By Don Schmittdiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On July 11 of 1968 I was turning 14 years old, and the single 'Journey to the Center of the Mind' was number one on my favorite AM radio station, WKNR ('Keener13') in my hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Of course 'The Motor City Madman', Ted Nugent, and his Dukes had a decided edge in their own backyard, but the single did rise to number 16 on the national charts also. I clearly remember that summer being deeply impressed by the quality guitar work on several hit songs. At the same time 'Journey...' was claiming the top slot in Detroit, the Stones' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' was resting at number 11, and Cream's 'Sunshine of Your Love' had retreated to number 27. But it was Nugent's guitar heroics that dazzled the most. Fortunate for myself, my older brother was working at McDonalds, and had brought home a vinyl copy of this, the Amboy Dukes (annotated as 'The American Amboy Dukes' via a carrot insert on the cover) second album, for my perusal.

Ted Nugent named his band after an R & B outfit that had recently disbanded, saying "I thought it was a cool name". He was unaware that 'The Amboy Dukes' was also the title of a book about a 1950's street gang from Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Ted has also claimed to be unaware that the lyrics to 'Journey...' had stong allusions to psychedelic drug use, as does the collection of vintage pipes on the album's cover. I tend to believe Ted when he claims to have never inhaled. I also regard Nugent as being especially astute, and as a young man probably realized that using acid-tinged imagery would further the chances of success for a psychedelic rock band. For most of his associates however, being in a psychedelic rock band must have implied psychedelic drug use, and this resulted in significant conflicts between the anti-drug Nugent and the remaining Dukes.

If you're still reading, you're probably wondering about the album itself. There aren't a whole lot of highlights, save the title track, which features one of the finest electric guitar performances of the psychedelic era, matched by some of the finest psychedelic lyrics ever penned, matched by one of the heaviest bridge segments ever committed to vinyl, tape, or digital stock. Only three other songs really deserve mention, track number 5 (which closed out side one of the original vinyl release), 'Dr. Slingshot', which features overlapping vocal lines from lead singer John Drake and rhythm guitarist Steve Farmer (who, together with Nugent, penned all the songs on the disc), and a great lead guitar riff from Nugent. Unfortunately, Nugent's talent on the six-string are only occasionally put on display, such as on track 12, 'I'll Prove I'm Right', where his fine picking underlies another strong vocal performance from Drake. The band relies much more on the psychedelic imagery of its lyrics rather than Nugent's axe, a highly questionable choice given the quality of the lyrics (on 'Why Is a Carrot More Orange Than an Orange', for instance, we are offered other deep questions such as, "Why are you greener than green?"; go figure). If it's of interest, the tracks on the second side of the disc segue into one another, and while the liner notes claim they collectively tell "a story", the plot is hard to discern. The final track, 'Conclusion', does reintroduce the 'Journey...' melody, and for a few moments brings back Nugent's sterling guitar lines, but it's a case of too little too late. There is a bonus track offered on the Repertoire versions of the disc, the 7" follow up to 'Journey...', a shameless ripoff of its predecessor titled 'You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire'. Despite its obvious origins, it stands as perhaps the fourth best track offered here.

The liner notes are rather sparse, although the reproduction of the original 1968 back album cover is interesting as it gives nods to "Felix and Eddie of the Young Rascals" and "The Mothers of Invention" for their influence over the Dukes. No lyrics and no running times for the songs are offered, though the track listings appear three times. The disc is in short supply, so you won't be finding it in bargain bins. It commands a rather steep price, especially considering that it really contains only one standout song. Too bad it's one of the finest from 1968.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ! 19 Dec 1999
By Michael Saint Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Steve Farmer and Ted Nugent were certainly at their finest on this incrediable offering of mind-expanding psychedelia ! Although Ted has remained in the public eye, Steve Farmer has recently released another jem titled "Journey To The DarkSide Of The Mind" ! A must have !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is ted nugent ???? :)) 4 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this CD is so good i am at a loss for words
I have treasured the LP for 28 years & here came the CD WITH BONUS TRACKS NO LESS Sounds NOTHING like typical Ted Nugent compares favorably to the Jimi Hendrix Experience
4 second mistake on side 2 can you find it ?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to Hear Again 11 July 2012
By Morten Vindberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Years ago I found a scratched version of this album in a second-hand store. The title sounded interesting and the cover was also somewhat controversial, so despite a poor state, I took a chance and bought the album. Several of the tracks could hardly play, but nevertheless, I somehow came to like the album quite a lot.

Later I sold the record to a collector who had not succeeded in finding a decent copy. Now many years later, I have bought the album on CD, and although not all numbers have aged with brilliance, I was not disappointed.

Amboy Dukes were predominantly guitarist Ted Nugent's project, but at this point rhythm guitarist Steve Farmer also a crucial role being the one who leads the album towards psychedelia.

Musically, there are more or less two styles of "fighting" to be the dominant. On tracks like "Mississippi Murderer," "Flight of the Byrd" and "Dr. Slingshot" Nugent shows his strong roots in blues, and demonstrates what excellent guitarist he is. You also feel a strong influence from European blues-rock and the likes of Jeff Beck.

Another part of the album's tracks is however strongly influenced by the psychedelic currents - both from Europe (Syd Barrett) and American (Jefferson Airplane). For me it is this part of the album which is really interesting. The title track is psychedlia when it's best - melodic and catchy.

The original side two is more or less a psychedelisk suite written by Steve Farmer. The numbers slide into each other and although the tunes are fine they are obviously intended as part of a whole.

I must also mention the fine Scottish-sounding instrumental "Scottish Tea" on which Nugent plays "bagpipe guitars". By the way, who was it who said that the Scots got their bagpipes from the Irish - but unfortunately did not understand the joke?
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