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  • Audio CD (3 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B00004SENP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr P VINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this when I was at school in the 60's. Its an album of contrasts. Very melodic and tuneful bits interspersed with violent, dischordant, angry bits. Some of the singing, guitars and percussion work is sublime. It could not have been made at any other time than in the late sixties. A true underground classic. Apparently it was recorded at a slightly wrong speed, all adding to the legend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
San Fran Sound At It's Best! 10 Dec. 2004
By Jack B. Nimble - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First off, I need to mention that this import CD on Edsel was dubbed from a vinyl copy of Mad River's debut LP released on Capitol in 1968. It was NOT transferred and remastered from the original analog master tapes. That said, the CD may not appeal to 60's music purists or collectors such as myself. You may as well purchase a sealed Capitol reissue on vinyl and then import, enhance and burn a copy on CD yourself. This LP is up there with Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Frumious Bandersnatch and Moby Grape for some classic San Fran acid guitar work. "Eastern Light" alone is worth the price of admission, although I like their EP version, "A Gazelle" much better than this LP version, "Amphetamine Gazelle". The EP version can be inexpensively obtained by purchasing The Berkeley EP's that was issued on CD in 1995 on the UK Big Beat label.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
one of the weirdest records of the sixties 20 Mar. 2000
By Stephen F Mulcahy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i really think this is worth about a 3.75. i prefer the follow up record, paradise bar and grill. this is a very weird and eclectic record, like country joe, the youngbloods, quicksilver etc but more jazz and bluegrass influenced strange unpredictable and quirky. some of the songs are nightmarish and the topics and in the playing of the songs are dark themes, its quite ominous and evil sounding in a way not too unlike black sabbath, though the two bands are very different in many ways . its a very 'druggy' album and quite a downer to listen to, though 'amphetamine gazelle', for example is dated, its still a thrill to listen to this track which features acid rock gobbledygook poetry at a breakneck speed...yet its still great stuff! some of the tracks are quite lengthy, but overall if you like the really weird and dark but definitely not flower power stuff from back then you may like this a whole lot.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It Has Its Moments 28 Mar. 2006
By Fred Rayworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember seeing this album cover in the record stores and at first though the band was called "Mad Rive." For some reason, I always tended to drop the R because of the psychedelic font. But anyway, my friend Dennis had this album and used to play it once in a while. The only song I remembered was Amphetamine Gazelle because that was his favorite song off the album.

Jump forward to 2006 and I finally got a copy on CD. Well... I can see why the album never got very far. The biggest turn-off to me is the vocals. There is just something about them I don't like. However, after several listens, I've got past that. The music is quirky, dark, and full of surprises. To me, the first two songs pretty much suck but once you get to Amphetamine Gazelle, things start to pick up. They get into some extended psychedelic jams that at times remind me of Country Joe and the Fish yet they are totally different in feel. They also remind me a little of Quicksilver during their Happy Trails era. There is a definite blur when it comes to figuring out the timing and rhythm in some spots and it almost sounds like the musicians are playing different songs in different time signatures. That being said, it is adventurous music and not exactly something you'll ever hear in an elevator, a definite plus!

For those of you that are looking for something different in the psychedelic world, this could just be your album. Recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Mexican that Love the Rock and Roll 12 May 2005
By Raúl Romero Parra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music is excellent, musicans play like a master, but the sound of CD is too bad,sound like a LP with crass, auwful sound, what a same to the musicans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Reinventing the Song 11 Sept. 2012
By Chris Till - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
This is a wildly ambitious album. These guys were trying to reinvent the song back in 1967. The arrangements are complex and edgy. Overall, the feeling is emotionally chaotic, like swimmers with distant symphonies in their heads trying to stay on top of the midnight seas... Something like that! After the Summer of Love in 1967, Capitol Records (home of the Beatles and Beach Boys) signed three acid rock bands out of San Francisco: Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Mad River. Steve Miller Band turned out a string of monster hits all through the 1970s. Quicksilver never had a real hit, but made a distinct impression on the world. In contrast, Mad River only put out two albums and disappeared into the mists of dusk. Regardless, you should check this album out. It's heavy and very musical.
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