I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die [VINYL] Import
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A1 The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag A2 Who Am I A3 Pat's Song A4 Rock Coast Blues A5 Magoo B1 anis B2 Thought Dream B3 Thursday B4 Eastern Jam B5 Colors For Susan
Top Customer Reviews
If psychedelic means highly innovative, ethereal music in which technical skill is secondary to the creation of pure "mood & feel" then virtually all of the tracks on this album qualify as winners. Skip the brilliantly metered, wonderfully sarcastic but (in psychedelic terms) incongruous jug-band opener, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die", and go straight to "Magoo" (one of the most bizarrely structured, yet effective pieces of music produced by this or any other group) and "Colors for Susan" (a series of highly unusual "West Coast" guitar chords played at a snail's pace that succeeds in creating feelings of tension & relaxation at the same time) and drop into a world of weird, reflective and totally unique music that drifts, often precariously, between simplicity and brilliant ingenuity. "Pat's Song" & "Janis" could have been naively wistful hippie "love songs" if it weren't for their marvellously odd arrangements; "Thursday" combines delicately haunting vocals with a stunningly beautiful organ & guitar break before flowing into "Eastern Jam's" first, wonderfully ecstatic guitar solo, and "Who Am I" & "Rock Coast Blues" should be standard folk & blues respectively, but they're not. What they all are, and add up to, is a near perfect example of music from a different time and place in which groups dared to push themselves to the limits of their creativity.
Flawed only by two irritating between-track jingles that forewarn of the mess that their third album "Together" was to become, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die" remains as playable and interesting today as it was over 30 years ago... a definitive, totally forgotten gem.
...oh, and the music is just great now that more of it can be heard more clearly !!
Note to self: must check the Electric Music... dual version to see if it is the same
The Anti-Vietnam War anthem that kicks off this album is probably the best anti-war song ever written in my view as it cleverly combines pathos with humour. Whilst it's fun to have the mono version as well as the stereo, I can't see the second version being played very often, although it does have a couple of bonus tracks. I didn't purchase the original CD version of this album, so I am unable to comment on any sonic improvement with this one, but believe me it sounds good!
Packaging is a double digipak as the stereo and mono versions are on separate CDs; there's a 40 page booklet (yes 40 pages!), with much information, photos, posters, memorabilia etc; a fold out "Fish Game" (6 X booklet size) which is a bit of fun/gimmick depending on your viewpoint.
If you enjoyed the original album, I cannot see that you would not enjoy this version, if you're new to them, then get yourself a slice of west coast psychedelia at its best.
I got a number of Country Joe recordings from Joe McDonald's website. He signed every cd to me. They are now much loved and played. There is a live album with some other great West Coast `heads` on it. Please check out the website there is a wonderful cd of Joe playing his songs from his long career.
I think that,this was influential cornerstone for some British/European troubadours.
No hesitation,buy this pearl.
It exudes melody and atmosphere of its own.
The first tack is the upbeat anti Vietnam rant. Superb in its own right and a masterpiece. However the rest of the album is a far cry from this. I cannot describe music-who can? Melodic, enchanting, imaginative and unique. Many an emotional evening both in the past and recently, have I had enjoying this...
However I am musical, artistic and this is a unique piece of music and I would....bla bla.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought the vinyl back in the late 60s. Still have it. A superb album from an amazing group.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Just what I expected visions of the 70`s Good listen maybe not the best album I have got but a good onePublished 8 months ago by David Mee
I bought this as I never go round to buying the LP when it first came out the musicianship is excellent and better than one realized at the time as quality of hi fi equipment has... Read morePublished 11 months ago by BrizzySue
looked for something I had not heard of, knew the years of music that I listen too and this mixture of cynical, sad and high rock psychodylic music is very enjoyable be it about... Read morePublished on 10 April 2014 by road&track
....and tremendous package.The mono tracks are the way the band was meant to be heard for while the stereo can't diminish the quality of their songs and level of creativity,the... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Paul Larsen