The United States Of America (studio album) by The United States Of America
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A record that was really ahead of its time with it leaning more on the electronic side of things compared to other psychedelic bands of the 60's. This leads to a unique and interesting listen that feels grand but also gritty at the same time. It has high quality instrumentation that is heavy and diverse which is well layered allowing for us to be able to explore the rich details of the music. The sound made on this record is absolutely beautiful at times and Love Song For The Dead Che is the perfect example of this. You then get the more experimental side of the group such as on the opening track which kept drawing me back time and time again to experience this record. Finally, there is the vocal performance which sounds both haunting and suspenseful and only adds to the intrigue of the release on the whole. She absolutely commands the songs and boosts this album up even higher. Overall, this record stands out by itself in the psychedelic genre of the 60's due to how unique it is and that alone makes it a must listen but it also helps that the music on here is great.
Really interesting record. Def worth a listen
Really cool album. Some amazing electronic sampling and synth stuff but also includes "Love Song for the Dead Che" which is beautiful in its own right without much of the experimentation. Suffers from some studio inadequacies but you can tell how much effort was put into mastering this despite them. Nobody else really doing it like them.
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Fantastic psychedelic album which was years ahead of its time when first released. Beautiful dreamy female vocals compliment a plethora of instruments and sound effects. The recording quality on the vinyl re-release which I have just purchased is excellent. Cloud Song could become one of my all time favourite psychedelic tracks. Such a diverse and creative album as this will sit in a very high position in my record collection.
This album is what Jefferson Airplane would sound like if Alice would've gone down the rabbit hole while having a LSD-infused psychosis. The sound of the album is amazing, especially when you realise it was crafted in 1968 and basically the only electronic instrument available at the time was a Moog synthesizer. The opening track begins with a piece of "music" that consists of five different layers, which afterwards merge in a sort of siren, over which singer Dorothy Moskowitz sings a haunting, childish song, that sounds more like a lament. From there on, the album takes you on a trip through all kinds of music, from tunes inspired by dixie land jazz to straight psychedelic tripping sounds to choirs of medieval monks. Strongly recommended for everyone who loves '60s psychedelica.
- The American Metaphysical Circus
- Hard Coming Love
- The Garden of Earthly Delights
- I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife for You, Sugar
- Where Is Yesterday
- Coming Down
I havent even listened to the album and I'm already excited. These are some glowing reviews!
They put the psych in psychotic rock... In the best way possible...
great music great album very psychedelic and very original at the same time. just a cool gem of a record. consistently solid from start to finish
Woah... this album is crazy.
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