SIDE ONE 1 "Behold and See Gilded Lamp of the Cosmos " -- a pretty basic, somewhat lame midtempo rock number, sung by a female member of the group I don't care much for her voice eitherbut redeemed by a nice harmonized chorus.
A deceptive opener that doesn't hint at the greatness that follows. A drifting brain piece at 8 and a half minutes, this one's a real treat, Mind Flowers - Ultimate Spinach - Behold And See (CDr. Bruce-Douglas sings this one well.
I guess she's not that bad, but these songs almost justify the band's bad reputation. Jazzy electric piano and vibes, this could have been a Canterbury prog number a la Caravan. Great melody, great instrumental interlude, and good lyrics. And it's long, about 6 minutes this time. The lyrics here nail down a particular theme that goes through a lot of their material: you think you're hip and with it, but you're really just a joke. Maybe that's why San Franciscans didn't like them.
SIDE TWO: 1 Fragmentary March of Green -- This is the emotional climax of the album, an absolutely devastating dirge of a number, a chilling look at a guy who's left the hippie life, entered the "straight" life, and is slowly going insane from life's very real demands and challenges. Goosebump City. Played as a slow, stately funeral march led by piano, and sung throughout Mind Flowers - Ultimate Spinach - Behold And See (CDr a chorale of eerie voices that almost sound like angels looking down with pity.
Don't miss this one. Somewhat jazzy feel, but classically organized this time. The album utilized a variety of guitar sounds and distortions including fuzz, echo, tremolo, feedback, volume control, and use of the wah-wah pedal.
Each of those aspects were similar to the typical West Coast psychedelic sound of the era. Inthe album still retained its presence as a psychedelic classic when it was listed at number 36 on Classic Rock magazine's "42 Greatest Psychedelic Albums". Following their recording and initial tour, Lahteinen left the group to be replaced by Russell Levine. Priscilla DiDonato was also added to the lineup at this time.
The addition enabled the band to more closely recreate the overdubbed vocal harmonies in their debut album. The album did not chart nearly as well, peaking at number The publicity of the "Bosstown Sound" was quickly fading, as the marketing techniques were viewed unfavorably by critics and audiences alike. Another major weakness in the album was the lack of electric keyboards, a standout feature in their debut, and, without it, the group's complexity in the studio and live was hindered.
The mimicking of the west coast sound, once seen as innovative, was then regarded as unappealing. Douglas, years later, looked back on the experience saying, " How the hell would he know?
He never was interested in my vision of these songs. Mind Flowers - Ultimate Spinach - Behold And See (CDr all the grace and style of a bull in a china shop, he slapped those albums together - both the originals and the reissues - and marketed the hell out of them with no regard for artistic creativity or integrity, just maximum profit: his! After Douglas departed, the band did not have a primary songwriter so the album was misguided and contained multiple styles from each band member.
The band broke up soon after. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Album) Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Mind Flowers - Ultimate Spinach - Behold And See (CDr Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
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