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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
CJ Fish
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on 14 September 2017
A fine album from one of the most original bands of the 60s. Not as ' way out ' as the first 2 LPs but still has the feel of those LPs and should be in any CJ & The Fish fans collection.
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on 5 January 2004
If you’re looking for definitive Country Joe & The Fish then you are, unfortunately, in the wrong place… better to check out their first two albums – "Electric Music For The Mind And Body" & "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die" – both of which are packed full of numbers that capture the swirling, ethereal essence of Bay area psychedelia. But if you’re already a fan and are looking for some more of the same then best to avoid their messy third album – "Together" – and head straight for this one.
Okay, so by the time of its release in 1970 most of the band had gone, but its two key members, Country Joe McDonald and lead guitarist Barry Melton, somehow manage to rekindle their original, quite unique sound on "She's A Bird", "Mara" and the superb "Return Of Sweet Lorraine" (psychedelia at its best) intermingled with some perfectly enjoyable rock and folk numbers, in particular, "Sing, Sing, Sing". Not as good as the past, but a pretty good glimpse of it.
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on 18 August 2002
The original lineup is now long gone, with only Country Joe and Barry Melton remaining, making it a surprise that 'CJ Fish' manages to be so entertaining. And even if it still fails to consistently scale the heights reached by the entirety of the first two albums, there are several places where it comes very close. Particularly impressive is Barry Melton’s guitar playing, and the work on ‘She’s a Bird’ and ‘Silver and Gold’ may well be his defining moments. These solos are far from the masturbatory variety, and with their lucidity and iridescence, craft something of exceptional beauty (a rarity for too many guitarists). Melton was always a unique player, but here he truly excels himself. He also turns in an exemplary opening song by way of the beatific ‘Sing Sing Sing.’ The songwriting generally is of a high standard, striking that balance between wistful melancholy (‘Mara’, ‘The Return of Sweet Lorainne,’ ‘The Baby Song’), and jubilation (‘Hand of Man,’ ‘Silver and Gold,’ ‘Sing Sing Sing’), which characterises the best work of this band.
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on 10 January 2016
what an amazing album! the guitar on love machine is out of this world.ans the great hey bobby.great stuff
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on 19 November 2015
A great collection of songs
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on 15 September 2000
the last studio album from the fish.but by far the best .witness the cool lyrics on rocking around the world,with its pre pubescent silliness.although the album comes into its own towards the end with songs like silver and gold and the return of sweet lorraine.combining the bands trademarking psychedelic style.complete with age old organ sounds,the missing drum solos save, but one or two clumsy bits.and the melodic fretwork of melton.an all too pleasing work.
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