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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric Recordings
  • ASIN: B00JRMDD3I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The American Metaphysical Circus
2. Hard Coming Love
3. Cloud Song
4. The Garden of Earthly Delights
5. I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife for You, Sugar
6. Where Is Yesterday
7. Coming Down
8. Love Song for the Dead Che
9. Stranded in Time
10. The American Way of Love
11. Osamu's Birthday
12. No Love to Give
13. I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife for You, Sugar (First Version)
14. You Can Never Come Down
15. Perry Pier
16. Tailor Man
17. Do You Follow Me
18. The American Metaphysical Circus (Alternative Version)
19. Mouse (the Garden of Earthly Delights)
20. Heresy (Coming Down)

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Perhaps one of the finest and most original of bands to emerge in the USA during the Psychedelic era, the United States of America was formed in 1967 by the avant-garde musician Joseph Byrd (an associate of Yoko Ono who had studied with composer John Cage). After studying at UCLA in California, Byrd decided to form a band that would combine performance art, radical politics and experimental rock music. Recruiting former partner Dorothy Moskowitz (Vocals), Gordon Marron (Violin, Ring Modulator, Vocals), Rand Forbes (Bass) and Craig Woodson (Electric Drums), the band signed to Columbia records and recorded their self-titled album in December 1967. The sessions produced some of the most extraordinary music of the time, with pieces such as The American Metaphysical Circus combining tape looped effects, electronic sounds and rock to create a stunning opening to a fine album. Such a radical approach led to the album being hailed by critics upon release but receiving a poor commercial reception. Internal friction soon took hold and the United States of America had disbanded by the end of 1968. This Esoteric Recordings edition is newly remastered and includes ten bonus tracks recorded during the sessions for the bands sole album and in May and July 1968. The reissue also features an illustrated booklet with new essay.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Cunningham on 7 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD for Christmas on the basis that my wife must have seen it in my 'Items Recently Viewed' section on Amazon (good old Amazon!) and bought it for me as a stocking filler. Psychedelia is such a broad term - if I could define it then maybe I could write about music for a living - how exciting that would be! However all of the elements of quality 'psyche' are here for all - trippy lyrics, ethereal effects, fuzzy guitars, eastern elements - and here too we have the superb vocal skills of Dorothy Moskowitz. There is a lot of experimentation on this album (some great and very informative sleeve notes give a good background) but fortunately with the experiments come good tunes too. There is variation in styles and mood - dreamy, haunting ballads, faster more urgent songs (reminscent of Jefferson Airplane at times), and some great 'goofing around' on the opening and closing tracks. There are portents for the future too - I wonder whether Portishead had heard this album before their great albums released in the 1990s?(particularly the opening number 'The American Metaphysical Circus' which would be perfect for Beth Gibbons) as well as a few influences worn on the sleeves of the kaftan - Airplane as I mentioned earlier, and Revolver era Beatles on 'Stranded In Time' This really is a superb album and a joyous discovery. It is generously crammed with bonus tracks too - some are works in progress for tracks on the album proper but there are some great non album songs to be enjoyed here too particularly the sweet 'Perry Pier'. What golden times the late 1960's must have been - but time waits for no man, and here is as good a time capsule as you are likely to find from that golden era - if you enjoy the heady pot pourri that constitutes psychedelia then you are in for a treat with this album - highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
I agree with Jim Leven, above; and would add that while some tracks are not particularly good, others are still outstanding after all these years. 'Love song for the dead Che' is ethereal and haunting; 'coming down' a brilliant take on the mood after a trip; and the stunning 'Garden of earhtly delights' with its pumping rhythm and Jeroen-Bosch like lyrics is one of the best numbers of 1968, full stop. 'Hard coming love' and 'the American metaphysical circus' are probably classified as a class B drug, while 'the Cloud song' is a cross between Winnie the Pooh (from which the text comes, obviously) and lying on your back in a timeless summery garden, looking up in the sky and falling up. Great stuff.

PS (later) the track listing on Amazon these days is all wrong, giving bonus numbers, not the original sequence WHICH IS ON MOST CDs! and which goes
side one
1. "The American Metaphysical Circus" (Joseph Byrd) 4:56
2. "Hard Coming Love" (Byrd, Dorothy Moskowitz) 4:41
3. "Cloud Song" (Byrd, Moskowitz) 3:18
4. "The Garden of Earthly Delights" (Byrd, Moskowitz) 2:39
5. "I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife for You, Sugar" (Byrd, Moskowitz) 3:51
Side two
6. "Where Is Yesterday" (Gordon Marron, Ed Bogas, Moskowitz) 3:08
7. "Coming Down" (Byrd, Moskowitz) 2:37
8. "Love Song for the Dead Ché" (Byrd) 3:25
9. "Stranded in Time" (Marron, Bogas) 1:49
10. "The American Way of Love" 6:38
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jm Leven on 4 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
First off - this is the version to buy. Unlike most bonus tracks, the previously unavailable ones here are essential. Some are better than some of the original tracks, and that's saying something with this album. This was the first album to feature the moog synthesiser, the first heavily electronic album so you would expect it to be little more than a curiosity. Amazingly and stunningly not! Who were they - a group of people centered around Berkeley University, California who came together to make this album and then seemed to disappear. The album is obviously influenced by Sergeant Pepper in its adventurous arrangements and production, but the songs are much better. Gorgeous singing,especially from Dorothy Moskowitz, haunting melodies, and intelligent, imaginative lyrics. This is every bit as good as the Velvet Underground and Nico album, and I certainly play it more often. So strange that this should just appear out of the blue and then end there. Give it a try.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr Paul on 15 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Stumbled across this on Spotify after so many years of trying to track it down and came straight to Amazon to buy it!

This was one of the first albums I ever bought as a totally-straight provincial grammar school boy of 16 - the very first was Floyd's "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn". Arrived at the University of Sussex in the early 1970's and after an introduction to some of the pharmaceuticals of the time all suddenly became clear :-)

This is one of the absolute classics of psychedelia for all of the reasons mentioned by other reviewers. What these people could achieve on 4-track analogue equipment puts a lot of current digital dithering totally in the shade, and the lyrics on tracks such as "The American Metaphysical Circus" can still send a shiver down my spine as I find my 60th birthday horribly imminent.

To whoever re-issued this I can only say "thank you thank you thank you".
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