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.
on 25 March 2004
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!
on 15 August 2006
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!