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  • Audio CD (28 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B00000JR5B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. HCO 97658
  2. Everything's Changing
  3. Electric Sailor
  4. Disbelievin'
  5. I've Got Time
  6. Flowing By
  7. Bryte 'N' Clear Day
  8. Trieulogy
  9. Lemonaide Kid
  10. Rain(Single Version)
  11. Everything's Changing(Previously Unissued
  12. I've Got Time((Previously Unissued Acoustic Demo)
  13. Medley: Bye Bye/Easy Jack(Previously Unissued)
  14. "Bryte ""N"" Clear Day(Previously Unissued
  15. Medley; Mirage/Rain(Previously Unissued Acoustic
  16. When Love Comes In(Previously Unissued)
  17. I Miss You(Previously Unissued)
  18. Lonely People Blue(Previously Unissued)
  19. Flight From The Fast
  20. Good Time Music

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Format: Audio CD
Kak ( perhaps not the greatest name choice! ) were every bit as good as their contemporaries in the West Coast Psychedelic scene. Their sound shows some similarities with Moby Grape, Fever Tree and others whilst remaining pretty distinctive.
The album hangs together pretty well and demonstrates some excellent guitar playing and songwriting. Any psychedelic effects are understated allowing the vocals and instruments to shine through. Definitely worth buying if you like late 60's West Coast Psychedelia
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Format: Audio CD
Whenever an expanded version of an album I love is issued I'll always rush out and buy it in the vain hope that those elusive bonus tracks will come up to scratch and put more flesh on the bones of an already much-loved item.
The original album, in my mind, is not perfect but has some truly sumblime moments on it - Trieulogy and Lemonaide Kid are both psychedelic classics...though I was half-gutted and half elated when BT used the latter on their recent TV ads!
The bonus tracks offered here provide brilliant acoustic versions - I prefer the acoustic version of "Evrything Changes", along with the single version of Rain, which is a punk psyche beauty in this guise. Unfortunately, when you get past the Kak-related songs, the other bits are plain disappointing - if you want to hear other excellent Yoder-Grelecki compositions, get hold of Blue Cheers "Original Human Being" and "Oh! Pleasant Hope". Shame they weren't on Kak-ola...that would have made a stunning CD retrospective...
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Format: Audio CD
For this reissue of the Kak album, it was not only given a whole host of bonus tracks but a different title in Kak-ola. Those curious about the original Kak album because of its high reputation among some collectors might be like myself, disappointed by its average San Francisco psychedelic rock songs. The ten bonus tracks do much to round out the picture of the little-recorded band, making the album better for them and twice the length of the original LP. These include the 45 version of "Rain" (which is different than the one that appears as part of the "Trieulogy" medley on the LP); 1968 acoustic versions of four songs from the album that may actually be more attractive to some ear along with one acoustic rendition of a song ("Bye Bye"/"Easy Jack") that was not included on the album. Also included are Gary Lee Yoder's solo single "Flight from the East" and "Good Time Music"; and three Yoder demos from late 1967 with Blue Cheer's Paul Whaley on drums and Bruce Stephens on guitar. The Yoder solo material is pretty routine heavy late-sixties San Francisco rock, and not up to the level of the Kak stuff. The sleeve notes are excellent and make an interesting read. It is a shame that the album could not match up to them. Forget the reputation, this is very average stuff indeed.
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Excellent product and first class service.
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HASH(0x8bc6d528) out of 5 stars Fans of West Coast psych should not hesitate to grab this 4 Oct. 2005
By Ludix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A lot of obscure '60s "psychedelic" albums have been hailed by pundits as "lost classics." I've been suckered into buying many of these, and have often been disappointed.

Kak's sole album from '68 is a happy exception. If I had to compile a list of the Top 10 West Coast psych albums, KAK-OLA would be on it, right along with the best of the Airplane, the Dead, QMS and Love. Derivative? Sometimes, but who cares? Kak absolutely NAILED this idiom. If you like the above-named groups, you simply have to check out KAK-OLA.

I dare you to hear the dreamy, cannabis-infused guitar riff of "The Lemonade Kid" and not buy this! Betcha can't get it out of your head ...
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc6d5a0) out of 5 stars Kacophony 13 Dec. 2001
By Ian Laws - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Many psychedelic albums that are regarded as
"lost classics"would be overshadowed by this album,the packaging alone is a treasure trove,that answers all the pertinent questions regarding this release,and how the group and the album came into existence.
All of this would mean nothing if the music were not of such a high standard throughout.I believe that this album distills many of the great things about the psychedelic sixties.Highlights are many and the guitar work is awesome.Rain stands out as particularly memorable.Of course the album meanders occasionaly,but it is difficult to believe that,with all that is so excellent about this album Kak never emerged at the time and made a larger impact.Big Beat records should be congratulated for this brilliant release.Also listening to Gary Yoder"s tracks as basically works in progress is an inspired and inspiring move.For all those people that have been let down by lost classics,please go out and give this a chance.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc6d1c8) out of 5 stars Great pants! 8 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The bass player in this band is my sociology professor. Last month's Mojo Magazine (out of the UK) has a bit in it about the band, and my professor is wearing a lot of pink. I give it 5 stars. 4 stars for the outfits.
HASH(0x8bbc4d68) out of 5 stars IF YOU'VE GOT TIME... 20 May 2013
By Ernest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
a cup of strong LEMONADE and would like 1968 San Francisco progressive music radio you'll probably enjoy this CD a lot, especially the 9 tracks that comprised the bands eponymous and unfortunately only studio recording. On this eclectic collection you'll experience what sounds like Moby Grape and Donovan, the blues, country and Indian (meaning India) music. Also included is about a half hour of 'take it or leave it' unissued and alternative version tracks. Overall a very intersting experience.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc6d15c) out of 5 stars Hanging with Gary 24 Aug. 2000
By Karla Holland Scholer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was rehearsing with Gary Yoder last night when he handed me the KAK CD. Cool stuff for sure. He asked me to learn a few of the tunes for our upcoming gig (A wedding in the Napa Valley). I'm writing this review really as a response to Stephen F Mulcahy's review. The issue is Mulcahy's comparison of the 1st part of Trieulogy to Neil Young's Cowgirl In The Sand. This is a sore point with Gary. As Gary tells the story, he had written the first part of Trieulogy prior to Young's Cowgirl In The Sand. He was also hanging with CRAZY HORSE one year before the recording of Cowgirls In The Sand. So a case can be made that the now famous chord progression of Am/F and the grunge textures of the distorted guitars was passed down from Yoder to Young and not the other way around.
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