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The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B000066AUL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Bird Song 2:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. One Will Do For Now 1:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Take-Off Artist Song 2:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Werewolf 3:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Interlude0:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Dame Fortune 2:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Mobile Line 3:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. The Duji Song0:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. The Mind Capsized 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. The STP Song 1:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Interlude 2 1:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. Half A Mind 2:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
13. The Pledge 1:05£0.89  Buy MP3 

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There're all kinds of outlandish behaviours in music, a good deal of which mellows over the years into merely peculiar or boorish art. Really weird, however, is enduring and The Moral Eels Eat the Holy Modal Rounders is really weird. The sole major-label recording by remnants of acid folkies the Holy Modal Rounders (essentially Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber) and Stampfel's spin-off "rock band" the Moral Eels (which included playwright Sam Shepard), here is an unholy noise that mates the urban-hippie aesthetic of 1968 with a deep-seated love of deep folk music. Jug music for the psychotic segment of the psychedelic set, this 13-song collection is outlandish even by the Rounders' by-now well-established standards. Opening with the nearest thing to a hit the band ever produced--"Bird Song" (familiar to fans of the 60s flick Easy Rider)--the collection tumbles forward like a bad trip across a tremulous American landscape. Think of it as East Coast cousin of the Mothers of Invention's contemporaneous We're Only in It for the Money. The 2002 reissue boasts entertaining sleeve notes from Stampfel and Richie Unterberger that will clear up a little of the chaos heard on the disc. But only a little. --Steven Stolder

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Sandilands VINE VOICE on 4 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
The music on this album has been lodged in my brain since I first heard it in '73. It's nasty, it's scary, it's a miracle it got made at all but somehow it's a classic.
Most people know the Bird Song, from Easy Rider, but two songs really stand out for me :
The Take-Off Artist Song is a classic tale of vitriol - you don't wanna mess with these guys, they'll pursue you like the hounds of hell.
Werewolf, on the other hand, is the saddest song of lupine longing you ever heard. Play late at night and pity the beast.
This is a one-off album and thoroughly deserves to be available again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a good album by one of my favourite groups, but not one I'd listen too that often. If you like early/late Rounders (the skewed folk stuff) you may find this a little too whacked out. There are some great songs in there somewhere, but a lot of rather frightening noise and lo-fi production values.
It is an album that couldn't have been recorded in any other period, and works best as a piece of hippy satire. However, the best track "STP song" got a better treatment on Last Round. And although Peter Stampfel sings "Werewolf" with a convincing rage, Michael Hurley's own version is a better presentation of such a fine song.
Undoubtedly worth buying, but anyone who tells you that this is their favourite record is probably best avoided, for your own personal safety!
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By chupa on 15 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
im sorry folks im finding some music from the high times etc just too stupid to get into, i dont know if this was going down everywhere at the time, but it sure didnt age well.. i was pondering about this band for years now and still cant decide if i like them, until now and this lp/cd..

It seems just a waste of time, maybe meant to be like that, maybe a political statement of sorts, either way it says nothing. i don't know anyone acting like this back in the day, or up to now in the present...

its my 3rd holy modal lp, and i guess its not that important to me now at all.. im a firm collector of 60's/early 70's and it is not important in my collection of over 3000discs...

if you can't avoid, and have to complete the collection then do so.. otherwise there are plenty of real trips that aren't this stupid and will take your head there!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best Acid Folk, performed by its lone practioners. 16 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
More than a modest dose of serotonergic nostalgia, the re-appearance of this lost gem is cause for celebration, amongst a decidedly small niched fan base. More successfully than Indian War Whoop, MEEtHMR builds a truely alternative mind set on top of the same kind of old timey music that is suddenly so much in vogue these days. The difference here is the warm, deviant humor that seems to tie the whole thing together.
For those who thought that "If you want to be a bird" sounded a little too strange for the Easy Rider soundtrack, be warned that it is by far the most coherent song on this album. Recommended only for those with a taste for the fringes of 60's zeitgeist. On the other hand, this is damned good stuff.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Ridiculous but also Sublime 7 Aug. 2002
By Steven Moore - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This wonderful album is as weird as everyone says it is, but it also has some truly lovely moments. "One Will Do for Now" sounds almost like a Renaissance madrigal, and "Dame Fortune" is one of the most haunting, sublime songs I've ever heard, from anyone. That's what makes this album extraordinary: the range from sublime moments like these to the ridiculous, but hugely enjoyable, other songs on this album. "That's artiste to you"!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Are You normal,? this is nothing for You 16 Aug. 2006
By C. Holmsten - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If You're not prepared before listening this could be a mental schock. The upspeeded combination of amphetamin and LSD makes the music going crazy. This kind of hippie-hallucination shows how sounds from inside a brain can wind up in recorded tracks. How they do it I can't understand. But I love it and realize that even music can be a drug. A healthy one.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
sound sound 6 Mar. 2006
By Nathan E. Delman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First I got, "good taste is timeless" and it was ok, but not as wacky as the album cover promised. A couple years later, I got this one. This is the album I was looking for and immediately understood my dissapointment in "good taste is timeless" The producer of this album started with the name Barry Friedman, and by the end went by Frazier Mohawk. That should give you some inkling of what you are getting into. Although "The STP Song" (actually titled August, 1967) is cut in half, the destruction of the singular song contributes to the overall aesthetic (I don't really think there is a concept here, aside from lets get these guys in the studio before they forget these songs). The brevity facilitates listening to the album straight through, creating a streaming experience instead of a collection of compositions. Even at 29 minutes Meethmr takes it time, from the ethereal nasal voyage of bird song to the frantic panic of getting a F on your report card, this album is a must.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Holy Moly 9 Nov. 2008
By Joe - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't know much about folk music, but a friend turned me onto this album a few years back. Now I do know quite a bit about psychedelic music & man-o-man this is intense stuff here!

The group is called The Holy Modal Rounders and apparently they were getting eaten by The Moray Eels. I think it had something to do with the band changing their name to The Moray Eels, but I could be mistaken. It's probably in the liner notes. Anyway, I know two of these guys were in The Fugs. They kind of sound like the backwoods moonshine drinkin, duji inhalin cousins of The Fugs.

Most of the songs here are more like snippets of songs, and there are no gaps between them. Songs cut each other off and jump suddenly to the next one. The acoustic guitar and fiddle that provide most of the music sound lazy and out of tune, but they're doing some really interesting and creative stuff. Sometimes the voices are slightly (and not so slightlyly) sped up creating an uneasy but funny effect. It's kind of like blacking in and out of a trip. The whole thing lasts about a half hour but it seems much longer (to me) because so much happens.

There's the bird song (most people know it from Easy Rider), dirty revenge on a Take Off artist, a werewolf, a guy losin' half his mind and taking someone else's, the evilest bullfrog stomper in Alabam, etc. All sung by a couple of cartoon characters who sound like they're high as a mofo. One of them is on the verge of losing his voice throughout the record. Like, "we gotta finish before his voice is totally gone!"

One of the strangest albums ever, and one of my favorites. I heard they just released a documentary on these guys. I'll have to check that out.
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