Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Country Joe and the Fish - Electric Music For The Mind And Body
|What?! Well, first off, there are two really solid instros here. Second, there is something quite aquatic about both of them. Third, in vocals like "Grace" (Slick), "Bass Strings" (about going down to the sea shore to wash the mind), and "Death Sound," there are plenty of surf based guitar tones happening. So, it may be way off center, but it does linger in the shadows at the edges of the mighty Pacific. It was recorded at Pacific High Recording.|
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Track by Track Review
A far cry from the surf, yet this track has a decidedly liquid feel, and has always evoked images of guys floating, just waiting for the placid waters to rise. In the middle, when the sets finally come, there are too many guys out and it's a zoo. I don't know why this is, because there's no reverb, but there are tribal drums, and warbling keys, and a very picturesque melody line. I have no doubt that neither Country Joe McDonald not Barry "the Fish" Melton ever got close enough to the shore break to even witness the grand ride, but they somehow found the soul of it anyway. OK, so it's about a nut house. Still, it's a damn fine instrumental.
This is one of those really cool noodly tunes that is just plain infectious. It lends itself to a surf treatment by some enterprising surf band not afraid of the trad nazis. It's so crazy and so cute.