My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Oar was recorded at the end of 1968 and released in May of 1969. The songs on the album were written while Spence was committed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for six months after chasing his former Moby Grape bandmates with a fire ax.
What I think: I had heard of this album when researching Moby Grape for an earlier post and was really afraid it was going to be the ramblings of a psychotic acid victim. I was pleasantly surprised to find that really wasn’t the case (well mostly: the last song “Grey/Afro” is ten minutes of exactly that). The songs for a most part have the feel of a three piece band playing folk rock and even when things get sort of weird such on “War in Peace” there is a masterful balance between the psychedelia and folk that feels really nice. That track along with “Little Hands” are my favorites on the album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I shudder to thing that there are a lot of albums on this list just because they are “weird” and not because they are “good”. Fortunately, I found this one good and feel it belongs.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (141/182)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%