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Circus Maximus
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2004
Nope, I had never heard of them either. I only ordered it because I liked the look of the guys on the cover, especially the slightly twisted grin of the chap at the top left and the manic eyes of the guy below him. It was released in 1967 and no guesses what the band has been up to. There are jangling Byrds folk guitars, Jefferson Airplane style harmonies and melodies, and an occasional dollop of unabashed fuzz. It swings from the edges of garage snarl to mellow folk. Sound good? It is. The lyrics have the odd moment of cleverness and most have survived the journey into this age of endless irony and cynicism rather well considering. There are no tedious long free-form freak-outs that can mar similar period albums, and the whole thing is entertaining enough to play without ever wanting to reach for the Skip Track button (well, apart from the last track maybe, which is a bit soft and slightly silly). Overall a minor find, although you'll want to have already bought a healthy selection of other, more famous, 60s acid-folk before you reach this. What would have helped are some liner notes, there's absolutely nothing about the music or the band: no bonus tracks, no information, nothing.
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