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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still worthwhile.
I have given this album four stars, simply to make a point, and as a contrast to the other reviewers who only give it three. It deserves three and a half stars.
Though it suffers by comparison with the first two albums, this is in no way, a bad record If it was by a group of unknowns, it would be hailed as a lost classic and mini-masterpiece of sixties...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The End...
Country Joe and The Fish's earlier albums - "Electric Music For The Mind And Body" & "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die" - evidence a group that was capable of integrating an extraordinary hybrid of styles from R&B through heavy blues, rock & roll, folk, eastern raga and the whole mixture of influences swirling around the Bay Area at the time, to produce gloriously innovative...
Published on 5 Jan 2004 by nicjaytee


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3.0 out of 5 stars The End..., 5 Jan 2004
This review is from: Together (Audio CD)
Country Joe and The Fish's earlier albums - "Electric Music For The Mind And Body" & "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die" - evidence a group that was capable of integrating an extraordinary hybrid of styles from R&B through heavy blues, rock & roll, folk, eastern raga and the whole mixture of influences swirling around the Bay Area at the time, to produce gloriously innovative music. And, while it was the jug-band protest of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die" and the funky R&B of "Rock And Soul Music" that captured the headlines in their appearance at Woodstock, it's the psychedelic masterpieces on these first two albums that makes them stand-out as a totally unique West Coast band.
But, for whatever reason, this, their third album, sees them lose the plot. Rather than developing the evocative musical imagery of their earlier works it concentrates on more simplistic and, at the time, more “hip” social & political commentary – sometimes cleverly, but also embarrassingly and, in the case of “Rock And Soul Music”, the most played track on the album, unsuccessfully (it was in fact a send-up of the R&B and Soul scene rather than the celebration of it that their Woodstock performance implied).

The result? Well… as an extension of their jug-band and political activist roots it makes some sense, but as an extension of the barrier-bending music on their earlier albums it fails. A disjointed and self-indulgent album which, with the exception of the distinctly “odd” and wonderfully ethereal, echo-laden "Susan", is devoid of the psychedelia on which their reputation had been built. A great disappointment at the time, it signalled the end of one of the West Coast’s most creative groups.
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3.0 out of 5 stars That difficult third album, 18 Aug 2002
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Abdication of creative control has often proved detrimental to great bands. For instance, Creedence Clearwater Revival are widely regarded to have foundered the moment John Fogerty allowed fellow members to have a hand in the songwriting. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that the weakest Country Joe and the Fish album is the one with which Country Joe himself had least involvement. Instead, a ‘democratic’ ethos prevails, with most members contributing a track. The result however, is a motley affair, demonstrating none of the vision, scope or focus of its predecessors, and the dearth of effective material is highlighted by a glut of spoof songs such as ‘Bright Suburban Mr. And Mrs. Clean Machine.’ Instrumentation is similarly varied. That wash of Farfisa organ punctuated by the squall of Barry Melton’s Gibson SG, which defined the band’s earlier work, is no longer so predominant. This is not to say that the album is without its charms, such as the acid rock James Brown pastiche ‘Rock and Soul Music,’ the eerie croon of ‘An Untitled Protest’ or David Cohen’s shimmering guitar work on ‘Susan,’ but ultimately, it is far less than the sum of its parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still worthwhile., 21 Aug 2012
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I have given this album four stars, simply to make a point, and as a contrast to the other reviewers who only give it three. It deserves three and a half stars.
Though it suffers by comparison with the first two albums, this is in no way, a bad record If it was by a group of unknowns, it would be hailed as a lost classic and mini-masterpiece of sixties psychedelia.
On the negative side: joe and the boys got far too carried away with satirical humour and the parodying of black vocals. ("The Harlem Song" is particularly silly)
On the positive side: there are many lovely tunes and memorable lyrics.
All in all....a flawed, but worthwhile, period piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd time lucky, 2 Mar 2014
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i had to wite this review upon reading the shameful underestimation of this album it isnt the equal of fixin to die or electric music but why should it be not many lps are this however is a mini masterpiece the feel is more subtle and less screwball than their 1st 2 efforts consider cetation understated psychedelic brilliance and totally childlike but charming away bounce my bubbles dotted with amusing social comment the barnstorming rock and soul music lovely ! i despair of the amateur critics who insist on edifices of change the band is human and stayed still for this album but it is still the heart and soul of west coast psychedelia
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