genre: psych folk
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, cover, size: 369 mb)
This debut Lp was recorded at Impact Sound in New York City, between May 6-9, 1967, by the Florida-based group, which at that point comprised main songwriter and singer Tom Rapp, Wayne Harley, Lane Lederer, and Roger Crissinger. Percussion was by session musician Warren Smith.
The album presents a mixture of styles - "psychedelic folk reminiscent of Donovan collides with Farfisa-driven punk and hard-to-categorize repetitive minimalism, all thrown together with the undisciplined, creative exuberance of youth".
"Another Time" is an acoustic song, the first that Rapp ever wrote, based on his experience in a car crash where he walked away unscathed, and, with "Morning Song", represents the most characteristic example of Rapp's later writing style. In contrast, "Drop Out!" and "Uncle John" are youthful protest songs. "(Oh Dear) Miss Morse" spells out in Morse code the word F-U-C-K, accompanied by banjo and organ.
The album became the most successful ESP release ever, estimated to have sold between 100,000 and 250,000 copies. Early vinyl copies came with a small poster of the Hell panel from Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, a detail of which was used on the front of the album sleeve.
"Another Time" - 3:03 (Rapp)
"Playmate" - 2:19 (Saxie Dowell)
"Ballad To An Amber Lady" - 5:14 (Crissinger, Rapp)
"(Oh Dear) Miss Morse" - 1:54 (Rapp)
"Drop Out!" - 4:04 (Rapp)
"Morning Song" - 4:06 (Rapp)
"Regions Of May" - 3:27 (Rapp)
"Uncle John" - 2:54 (Rapp)
"I Shall Not Care" - 5:20 (Teasdale, Roman Tombs, Rapp)
"The Surrealist Waltz" - 3:29 (Lederer, Crissinger)
Tom Rapp: Vocals, Guitar
Wayne Harley: Autoharp, Banjo, Mandoline, Vibraphone, Audio Oscillator, Harmony
Lane Lederer: Bass, Guitar, English Horn, Swinehorn, Sarangi, Celeste, Finger Cymbals, Vocals (on "Surrealist Waltz")
Roger Crissinger: Organ, Harpsichord, Clavioline
Warren Smith: Drums, Percussion
$CUT$see also: Pearls Before Swine - 1970 - The Use of Ashes