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Ultimate Spinach

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B0000004EL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of the various bands MGM signed in Boston as a riposte to the San Francisco Sopund, Ultimate Spinach were the most interesting and this their first album their best.
Although songs like Plastic Raincoats - Hung-Up Minds can be embarrassingly twee now, they are representative of the time, and the playing is typical acid-pop of the day. Where they shine here, though, is in the instrumentals. Ian Bruce-Douglas, who wrote all of the songs, was classically trained. He might not have ben a great lyricist, or possibly even a really great musician, but his mixture of classical riffs and psychedelic fuzz-guitars, with unusual use of such instruments as harpsichord and glass bells, make for great odd music. Try Ballad of The Hip Death Goddess for a taste of 1968 psychedelic legacy !
They never made it big, but this LP stands alongside their SF contemporaries as a remarkable picture of a developing moment in musical history. And it's great fun !!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x896359b4) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89224b70) out of 5 stars Prime psychedelia 13 May 2008
By R. Aldrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I first got this album in 1968 it totally blew my 17 year old mind. It was just so deep, man. The Hip Death Goddess and Your Head Is Reeling were total green velvet mushrooms in the amethyst igloo of my mind. Or something like that.

There will never be another time in music like the late 60's and although this ain't exactly the Beatles or Dylan it is a mighty fine example of the unique multidimensional sponge muffin of its time.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89224dbc) out of 5 stars BEWARE! CD-R 4 Jun. 2009
By Michael Veksler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This rating is not a reflection on the music. I just want to make potential buyers aware that Iris Music Group decided to release this on CD-R media rather than press it to the CDs.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89226018) out of 5 stars quite a trip, underrated. 4 Jun. 2007
By THE MASKED MARAUDER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
in a quest for good underground psychedelic 60's music, ultimate spinach crossed my path and although internet sources told me of how they were copped out fakes, the sound clips i heard were intruiging nonetheless. it is very good basic late 60's sounding rock with a weird edge to it. nothing innovative or outstanding, but a strong effort and well rounded album. i could best describe it as a mix between the doors and the velvet underground...which are two favorite bands of mine. very trippy and steadily rockin', i really dig it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89226378) out of 5 stars a psychedelic classic 31 Oct. 2000
By Stephen F Mulcahy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
it is one of the most bombastic and ludicrous things i've ever heard -lyrically speaking. the music itself is excellent however. it is clear that the group were influenced by,indeed derivative of, the jefferson airplane and country joe and the fish (especially dove in hawk's clothing) but the album still manages to hold one's interest all the way through. the band were quite talented musically as well as vocally, and thats why it is such an interesting artifact. this may be a very dated recording, but it is fascinating nonetheless. sacrifice of the moon is a pretty and strange 4 part instrumental , ballad of the hip death goddess is a bizarre psychedelic opus. in fact , words like BIZARRE and STRANGE are the best adjectives i can think of concerning this disc. ultimate spinach has got to be one of the most bizarre bands of a bizarre time!-and yet this music is also accessible and certainly not unlistenable. i'm amazed that this album actually made the top 40 charts! thankfully i believe the tracks on this cd hasn't been altered or deleted in any way unlike the other 2 ultimate spinach releases. i recommend this album , it is a minor classic like two other bosstown sound debuts (beacon street union and earth opera)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89226594) out of 5 stars More Obscure Music Reissued 11 Sept. 1999
By Jack Tiggleman (ziggy1@iserv.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm flabbergasted! I just reviewed a band called Silver Apples and in that review mentioned this band! Lo and behold it's out on CD. I read Mr. Bruce-Douglas'comments, so I am a bit leery of buying the CD. I have this on vinyl and pull it out to stun friends. They want to know who the hell this bunch was. What fun! This is another band that was not afraid to deviate from the norm in music. Sitars, theremin, and other like instruments make this a fine addtion to any collection of "psychedelic" or uncommon albums.
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