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Country Joe & the Fish

  • Country Joe and the Fish [Vanguard, 1967] C
  • Here We Go Again [Vanguard, 1969] D+

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Country Joe and the Fish [Vanguard, 1967]
There is only one first-rate song here--"Flying High," the far-out tale of a lucky hitchhiker--and while it is possible to become permanently accustomed to the slow instrumentals and songpoems that are this band's psychedelic signature, their rhythms and melodies are as unfocused as a bad light show. All this is salvaged, theoretically, by the politics, but the cocky, petulant, yet strangely attractive vocals never quite succeed in making callow belligerence seem an unmitigated virtue. C

Here We Go Again [Vanguard, 1969]
A sad ego trip. D+

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