1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

919. Electric Music For the Mind – Country Joe and the Fish

Brief Background: Electric Music for the Mind was recorded in February of of 1967 and released in May of the same year. The album was one of the first psychedelic albums to come out of the San Fransisco/Berkley Hippie movement.

What I think: I’m really trying to approach these psychedelic albums with an open mind, and I can appreciate what Country Joe and the Fish are trying to do here. The basis of the music is fine, it’s the execution that really bothers me. The organ and lead guitar are extremely loud in the mix, while the rhythm section is turned down really low (to the point you can’t even hear the drums in part of “Section 43”). This leads to an album filled with a lot of treble and very little bass (and no soul). I would try to turn it up to hear everything that was going on, but would have to turn it back down because the organ (not a wonderful sounding Hammond, but something else really squelchy and whiny) was hurting my ears. Now with all that being said, the Wikipedia page states that the original masters have deteriorated, leaving the CD release (which I’m sure is the mix on Rdio) was taken from a remix done in 1982. So all of this horrible leveling could have been done in the remix and wasn’t how the album was supposed to sound at all. I also have to give them props for clearly calling out then President LBJ (in “Super Bird”), this is the first time I can recall a song in this project calling out a sitting politician.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’ll give this album a pass, considering the remix issues.

Rating (Out of 5):1.5

Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (64/83)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%


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