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Electric Music For The Mind And Body

Country Joe & The Fish

1967

Electric Music For The Mind And Body

Album Summary

Electric Music for the Mind and Body is Country Joe and the Fish's debut album. Released in May 1967 on the Vanguard label, it was one of the first psychedelic albums to come out of San Francisco. Tracks from the LP, especially "Section 43", "Grace", and "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" were played on progressive FM rock stations like KSAN and KMPX in San Francisco, often back-to-back. A version of the song "Love" was performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. "Grace" is a tribute to Jefferson Airplane's lead singer, Grace Slick.

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Rating

2.9

Votes

3593

Genres

  • Psychedelic Rock
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I find it very hard to get excited about an album like this. It was probably big or important in its time (67, right at the beginning of the whole psychedelic pop-rocknsummer of love shit) but this is the same crap I've heard a done much better a million times. I paid more attention to the lyrics to see if I was missing something groundbreaking - cool cats, diggin trips, fuck LBJ, nothing new to see here. And I get that these are cliches now but might not have been at the time, doesn't make them less annoying. It's raw, and I fucking love raw albums, but these guys needed a couple more takes of a few of these songs. And the bluesy track that could have been a nice song was ruined by the loudest tambourine I've ever heard in a song, followed later by the loudest maracas I've ever heard in a song. "Death sound". Maybe I'd have enjoyed it if I'd heard it before I heard Jefferson airplane, grateful dead etc. Or if I never watched ANY Vietnam movies. Or if I dropped some acid first. Other than that, great album.

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5

Was having a bad day. couple of beers and this CD fixed me.

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4

Fuzzy, loosey goosey blues and psych. A pleasant surprise, but I feel like it loses the plot near the end. I like how, at one point, they drop all pretense and just whisper the letters "LSD". Favorite tracks: "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine", "Love"

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4

On the whole, I liked it. Good, old-school, jazz-infused psychedelic rock. There were some things I didn't like though. The guitars were occasionally too high-pitched and whiny for my liking (although I really liked the more swamp-style twingey guitar parts) and the vocals weren't the best either. Still, a nice listen overall.

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3

blues-y patchouli oil old school hippy stuff. Rugged, gritty, leftist. That classic "I recorded this in a tent" aesthetic.

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3

Meh. Groovy, but only as a period example

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5

Probably the best Country Joe and the Fish album

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5

Excellent stuff. Love finding bangers on this list that I've never heard of. Loved the weirdness of it

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5

beautiful

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5

Great psych!

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5

4.5/5. Might be low-key some of the best stuff from 60s Cali psych at the time

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4

Messy, chaotic, weirdly mastered, and I loved it. I like this kind of fail music.

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4

Great psych album, beyter than early dead.

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4

Good jams!!

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4

Pretty chill trippy vibes

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4

Liked this a lot. Great guitar, some powerful lyrics, good sound. A K-Town Banger in my opinion.

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4

Yeah I was into this. Blusey aand cool

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4

Loved the politics

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4

I was pretty sure by the album cover that I would be listening to some old psychedlic rock on this one, and that was correct. I also expected that I wouldn't be fond of it. However, I found myself liking the bluesey/psych fusion of it with the occasional twangy guitar. If they had refined this a bit more, could have seen it make a 5. Favorite songs - Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine, Super Bird, but also Love. As is, 3.6/5

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4

I liked this one! Probably a 3.5 but I was into the psychedelic sound and it was deep and complex. Plus there was something a little extra/different with it. A few good stories in the songs and they were all solid until the last one. Would listen again easily so I'll bump up to 4.

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4

Of it's time in the best way, that great late 60's political idealism mixed with psychedelia. Had never heard any of this before, but I may be a new fan.

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4

they're jammin. bluesy with a country twang. nice lead guitar work. a bit psychedelic at times. i liked the keyboard sound. I liked the track Bass Strings a lot. Section 43 was a cool instrumental. At first it was a little too country for me but i liked it as it progressed and got more psychedelic

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4

A surprisingly great album. I wasn't expecting psych rock from a group called Country Joe and the Fish, but this record blew me away. Section 43 is beautiful, and every other track is similarly good.

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4

Surprised by this hidden gem. The harmonica in section 43 is superb, love is a beautiful sound, Death Sound is haunting. Awesome album and pscyhrock at its finest.

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4

I sort of feel this has been overshadowed by what came after, so it's important to remember this did come first.

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4

I LOVE this style of music and this is a great find that I'll have to go back to again and again! The singer has a wonderful tone of voice and the music has a great groove!

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4

I liked this album and admittedly have not listened to hardly any country joe. It was a nice change of pace to hear some good old psychedelic rock. Bet this was a fun band to see live.

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4

Was expecting it to be more experimental silly psychedelic type sounds but was rather straight forward. Overall pretty enjoyable. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine stood out for having a great groove.

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4

To 5-star or not to 5-star: aye, that's the dilemma. I suppose I need to evacuate some sputum of criticism before I praise. The forays into blues perpetrate a minor incident of white-rocker-trying-to-sing-blues-without-suficient-force-or-authenticity, but in this case it's in no way an unforgivable offence. And thankfully so, because a lot of the album works like a bastard. The initiated will detect a similar vibe to the Doors' first album; two of the main differences is that this lacks the occasional European vibe the Doors generates, and also that Jim Morrison was one of the greatest white blues-hollerers. Of course, the all-American nature of Electric Music for the Mind and Body is hardly a reason to lambaste the album, and it's pleasantly eclectic within its parochialism. Aside from nascent psychedelic rock we have the aforementioned blues, but also pop touches, straight-up rock, some country twangs and mild Dylanesque wit. That said, the album reaches its apex towards the end, where it gets properly psychedelic; LSD explorations are the reason you listen to this. And I was prepared to give it five stars, but a final listen has demonstrated that the album doesn't cohere enough, that the poppiest number is somewhat weak, and by bringing up the Doors' first album, I raised a beast that the album cannot hope to vanquish. 4-and-a-half stars. That, my friends, is hesitancy captured by the graphical representation of luminous celestial entities.

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Listened Before? N WOW! Another psychadelic surprise for me! Didn't expect to like this one as much as I did. Putting it into rotation. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist: Death Sound, Porpoise Mouth

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04/14/22

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4

Really solid overall. I especially like "Sad And Lonely Times" and "Porpoise Mouth"

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4

At first listen, they sound like Cream. Not a bad thing. I was concerned I was getting yet another ridiculous electric, rave album, but this is refreshingly psychedelic, bluesy rock. There's also a Three Dog Night/The Guess Who. Overall, this album clicks. It also doesn't overstay its welcome at 44 minutes. In hindsight, I see why this album makes the list. Taking into consideration that this is 1967, the band and the album are part of a musical movement, but while they didn't rise to the mainstream enough for me to hear them, they clearly innovated and inspired others who did. Section 43 sounds familiar - and it has a real vibe to it that I imagine played well to Doors audiences. This album is pretty slick.

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4

Here's another one that I never heard and that I was meaning to check out for quite some time now. Thanks, 1001 Albums Generator.  It doesn't sound like anything I was expecting. In the end there was equal parts deception and excitement. The album doesn't sound as filthy as I thought it would. What I hear is something like The Doors with a country singer (which I somehow like) and a little too much white blues (which I dislike), but it is okay. It's not the Buffalo Springfield and it is not the 13th Floor Elevators, but there is a garage undercurrent that I appreciate, and it might be the predecessor of both, and the execution is far more compelling than say Big Brother And The Holding Co. It is an interesting example of early San Francisco psychedelia in any case, and I will give Country Joe & The Fish that. A record with a historical importance that is somehow enjoyable, but I am still to decide whether or not is an album to own. 

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4

As with all output of the prime American Psychedelic era (a really narrow window actually) it’s hard not to judge it in context of that grim looming reality that Hunter S. Thompson described so thoroughly- that this wave would very shortly break, and roll back. For me anyway it makes some of the most intolerable Hippie Shit (e.g. The Masked Marauder) grate a little more. Still, the energy and innovation here are real.

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4

Very nice discovery. I like the mix of genres in this one.

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4

This album unlocks a new feature on Spotify that makes the surroundings smell like Patchouli...

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4

There are albums I listen to twice because I really enjoyed them and albums I listen to twice because I feel like I wasn't listening to/for the right things. This one falls into both.

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4

This is my type of music. Music like this reminds me we all have different tastes in music and so it's ok for most people to like Drake and for just me to like Country Joe or Pere Ubu. The stereo mixing makes it engaging to pinpoint locations of the surreal noises around your room, especially if you're high. It's cool and bluesy, which makes it chiller to listen to compared to the heavier more garage-influenced acid rock of their contemporaries (e.g. Electric Prunes, Big Brother). In a lot of ways this is like a slightly less experimental and more accessible United States of America. A never-ending surplus of fun and surprising moments. I like his dreamy voice and share of high pitched guitars. Lots of variety, just listen to the difference from the acid "Love" (performed at Woodstock alongside the first 2) to the surreal "Bass Strings" to the whimsical "Masked Marauder." Their use of silence and sharp transitions allows these different styles to be coherent and smooth rather than harsh. Will seek out again. Favorites: Flying High, Lorraine, Porpoise Mouth, Bass Strings, Masked Marauder, Grace

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4

A good album, but the styles of the songs vary too much, from simple rock'n'roll and blues rock to tracks that lean into folk and prog.

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4

A hair greasy and honky for one's tastes, but the bluesy mood and tempos are well sustained and the cuts land coherently and, for the most part, effectively. One worried about the novelty act factor (partly because of the silly name), which never materializes so score one for low expectations. "Sad and Lonely Times" is terrific. There is overindexing on the organ on the latter half of the record, which overreaches generally. But, as a whole, the album works well as a jaunty melding of blues and psychedelia and just a touch of country (alas, the silly name works out to be inapt). Glad to have heard.

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3

Who could forget the time that LBJ fought the Fantastic 4 and Doctor Strange? This album is on DRUGS

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3

Àlbum interessant però alhora un xic dispers. Barreja molts elements, rock, blues, psicodèlia, i tot i que l'inici és molt potent la segona meitat no acaba de fer-li justícia. Malgrat tot, un disc interessant, un descobriment. I una confirmació més de la bona collita del finals dels 60.

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3

Yeah this is okay. Between 2 and 3 for me.

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3

My favourite sort of 60's music, a bit of psychedelia

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3

Are there any 1960s psychedelia albums that didn't make this list?? This one has quite a clean, robust sound, somewhere on the rockier end of the psychedelia spectrum of this period. Some blues and r&b influences sneaking in. But there are also some space-age moments and a little psych whimsy here and there. I can respect the quality of this, even though it's not to my tastes. 3*

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3

I don't know what I expected, but this is

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Solidan acid/psiholedijski album. Jednostavno ovakvi albumi ne pašu toliko kada je vrijeme depresivno. Više paše na lijepo vrijeme time je odmah i pozitivniji mindstate i za takvo vrijeme ovakvi albumi bolje pokazuju svoju sliku. Nisam imao puno vremena za preslušavanje albuma pa vjerujem da nije u potpunosti opravdana ocijena, ali tako je kako je. 3.3/5

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3

Etwas fad

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3

Not bad, not great.

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3

An interesting psychedelic album. Some fun tracks to listen to but unfortunately some meh ones that just don't really strike a chord as well.

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3

A-typical of its time and a testament to the death of modern music. These lads are obvisouly top of their game musically, but lost in a sea of talent for them to stand out to me. Dozens of bands like this have been a by product of the era so for me, my lack of knowledge and experience creates an ambiguous blur of 8 minute tracks and gratuitous organ solos. A fun album however nothing overly original from the wider genre of psyche rock. A fun listen, nice grooves and solos. Fun social nods especially in “Super Bird”.

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3

Acid/Psych rock bands of the day tend to be meandering or simple in a lot of their music, preferring to play with the guitars and see what cool sounds they could pull up rather than focusing on songwriting. It's fine. I don't mind too much because the music isn't bad but it also isn't memorable. Giving it credit for being a cornerstone of the genre, but that's about it.

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3

Strangely enough the vocals sound terrific on hear, but the mixing and production are awful. The guitars and drums are way too sharp, and some sounds are strangely isolated throughout the entire record. Why am I only hearing the drums through my right earcup, and the vocals only through my left? It ruins what could be very nice record with a perfect balance between more dark and spiritual psychedelic tunes and noisy folsky tracks. Such a shame, still a 3/5 for the music besides the obvious prioduction flaws.

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3

Overall this would get a 2.5 if Super Bird wasn't such a great song. That knocked it up at least 1/2 point to 3 stars.

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3

I enjoyed the twangyness of this album. 0RS

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3

Sicher einflussreich, aber auch anstrengend!

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3

Well, it's fine. One track that was jusssst hippie style instrumental was getting on my nerves, but tracks with vocals were fine.

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3

Another one I have no preconceived idea of. It's kind of sloppy and bluesy. Sounds like it would've been cool at the time? Not so sweet Martha Lorraine is better. Genuinely odd, and a bit less of a bluesy trudge. Odd fairground organ and some texture to it. When this is good, it sounds like a less up its own bumhole Doors. Which is great. All the psychedelic fun, none of the 'The ancient snake, woo incest' crap. It's great. The album goes between being maybe a bit much, and great and direct. It's ultimately enjoyable though, and I quite like the politics of the album, the fun 2.5 minute fun songs mixed with 7 minute psych/proto-prog stuff, and that it definitely sounds ahead of its time.

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3

Props for this being a pioneering psychedelic album. I confess to not hearing much of this band outside of "Feel like I'm Fixin to Die". It is an *important* record that wasn't really something I'm into at the moment. It might be worth another listen to digest, but it didn't strike me as something I'll have on rotation.

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3

Just okay

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It was okay, nothing particularly distinguishing about it. There were a lot of more innovative groups around the same time.

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Not for me at all

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3

Pretty good psych-rock. I am wavering between a 3 and a 4, but since nothing specifically grabbed me I'll go down to a 3.

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3

I like psychedelia but this one gets kinda boring during some of the instrumental passages.

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3

Great for the background, was over before I noticed

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3

it was alright

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3

Dafür fehlt mir dann doch die Dröhnung. Aber an sich ganz gut, wenn auch manchmal die elektrischen Sounds zu präsent waren

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3

4th January 2021 Listened in the morning when I first got up on first day back at work. Seb and justo came round, Laura made fish and we played ticket to ride. Pure 60s psychedelia, but I liked the bluesy heavy tracks.

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3

Pretty solid, especially under certain circumstances

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3

This album is fine. Not bad, not great. Some great guitar licks though.

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3

I really enjoyed it to start but it lost me in the 2nd half. I think other substances would dramatically change my enjoyment of the entire album.

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3

Raucous and fun, I enjoyed this!

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3

Only thing I knew about this band is that they were at Woodstock. Decently enjoyed this album.

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When one of the features of the album cover is "Stereo", you know it's gonna be a throwback. And what a trippy throwback this album is! But I gotta say it isn't bad. Heavy and deep. But it's as advertised. Electric Music for the Mind and Body, with a little bit of blues for the Soul to boot.

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3

Experimental and a less cliche side of this time and place that isn't often heard in pop culture. Good listening.

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Tendencja do dlugich tytulow sie utrzymuje, ale tym razem cos nowego do posluchania, pierwszy studyjny krazek od Country Joe & The Fish czyli bande rokowo folkowa tworzaca w nurcie psychodelicznym, jak przystalo na album z 67, wiec po albumach byrdsow, beatlesow czy beach bojow doszlo do wysypu psychodeliki, lepszej lub gorszej, ale z pewnoscia goracej, bo albumy ukazywaly sie jak grzyby po deszczu i electric music for the mind and body jest jednym z nich, nagrany w przeciagu tygodnia na zachodnim wybrzezu stanow, w kalifornii, sama banda to pieciosobowy sklad, wiec nie ma tutaj zbyt wiekich eksperymentow instrumentalnych, ale nie zabraklo harmonijki, dzwonkow czy tamburyna, jak przystalo na psychodeliczne melodnie, pojawiaja sie takze modne w tamtym czasie efekciarskie zabiegi zawijania czy fazerowania dzwieku klawiszy czy gitarek, slychac takze ze bylo to nagrywane na spidrunie, bo material jest dosc szorstki od strony technicznej, moze to tez byc kwestia remasatera, bo jakies byly problemy z tasmami na wydanie cd, a slucham akurat spotifajowej wersji, wiec pewnie to co ostatnio sie pojawilo tam bedzie, lirycznie rowniez ciezko o cos odkrywczego, bo sporo o lataniu wysoko, kochaniu nisko i niecodziennej codziennosci psychodelicznej, ale koniec koncow nie sluchalo sie tego zle, 44 minuty i 11 trakow z czego 9 wokaluje Country Joe McDonald i dwa Barry Melton, zdecydowanie ten pierwszy bardziej pasuje do psychodelicznego grania w ktorym jednak sporo folkowych lub country influencji mozna sie doszukac, na plejke leci otwierajacy flying high i jeden z najdziwniejszych tytulow jakie ostatnio widzialem, wiec porpoise mouth, bo takiego okreslenia zwiazengo z seksem oralnym i morswinami jeszcze nie widzialem jak zyje

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3

Rock psicodélico

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I listened to it, didn't think it was anything amazing, but it wasn't too bad either. I think if I were more familiar with it I would like it. I'd add this one to my list of albums to hear again. I've heard of the band but never heard any of the music. 3/5

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3

Eh, ok psychedelia I guess. Gave it a couple of listens and it didn't grab me super hard, although neither was it all that objectionable. Fave track - "Section 43" - I like a bit of psychedelic noodling...

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yea would probably be better fucking high on shrooms or weed. Otherwise it's aight

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05/18/2022 Fun & funky blues. Not bad.

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"One, two, three, what are we fightin' for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn. The next stop is Vietnam." I grew up singing those words from Country Joe all the time, but strangely enough it's the only song I had ever heard by this band until today. This had some nice moments, but a lot of the late 60's psychedelia hasn't aged that well. 3 stars.

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3

Good psychedelic sounds

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3

le début était sympa après c’est malheureusement pas à la hauteur de son titre

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3

Intéressant mais pas très plaisant

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3

Started out a bit boring, twelve bar blues heavy, but kicked up the psychedelia in the back half for some interesting takes.

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3

60s

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3

Enjoyed this. Didn't find it too psychedelic and more rockabilly. No more than that though.

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3

Didn’t fully concentrate on it but I enjoyed what I heard. 3*

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3

kinda neat

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3

Acceptable Psych Rock of the era. There are pretty fun moments, but Psych rock just isn't often great for me. Weird, considering how much it helped spwan some of my favorite genres today.

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3

Found this a bit meh. Just sounded like Dylan.

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3

For the first album I missed while at ragbrai, this was exactly what I expected it to be based off the title, band name, and year it was released. Pure psychedelic rock and the trippy instrumental tracks are almost always better than the vocals, except for love

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3

I liked him but they were never the most talented band from that era. Loved their politics, so so on their music.

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3

Though I knew he played at Woodstock, I couldn't have told you much about the sound of Country Joe and the Fish. It sounds like they discovered psychedelic after they'd already recorded half of a blues rock album. The psychedelic songs like Bass Strings and Grace are interesting, especially for 1967, like something I would have played at 4 in the morning at CKCU.

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3

The only country Joe song I knew was the classic Feel I’m Fixing to Die on the Woodstock album. There is a lot of good playing here. Decent psychedelic and some jamming that sounds like it could be The Doors sans Ray.

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3

Some Beatles esque type stuff with some bluesy shredding. Lots of synths sound like something out of a ninja turtle movie and beeping noises

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1967, stupid "psychedelic" looking album cover..... ugh they're really just keeping it to a few key themes in this list. and yeah it sounds exactly as the cover looks. I guess it gets a point for authenticity there. and another point because it doesn't make me actively sick. but after enough albums from this late-60s period they all start to sound the same, even if some were considered wildly counterculture and others not. and to this album's credit, I'm sure all these fucking cliches were fresh in 1967. but there's this timestamp on almost everything from this ~3 year period in the late 60s, and I am bored of that timestamp filling this list. 2/5.

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2

Ehhhhhhh probably won't listen to this again.

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2

Bleh

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2

Just kinda boring

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So I didn’t mind the beginning of this album, but I’m finding the last couple of songs to be really annoying. I’m ready for it to be over now.

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I'm afraid I'm not in the mood for this.

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2/5 not my cup of tea...

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A bit rough. One of the less enjoyable 60s psych albums we've had

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A psychedelic rock band that does little to separate themselves from their contemporaries. This effort is fine, but has little staying power or impact beyond the initial listen.

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More hippie nonsense. Don't know why people would listen to this today

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nice kinda

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A ono, ko da sam sve to čuo već dost puta

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Did not enjoy

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I guess it's ok. Psychedelic country. Very of it's time.

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Meh

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The way it started, I'd thought it would be really good. There was a song or two I liked but other than that, nothing appealed to me.

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Quite dated but a good album, not something I would have listened to on my own. "2 - not for me but doesn't hurt my ears"

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A little too 60's for me, I still like classic rock though just not my type.

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The name of the band is the most interesting thing about this album. It's pretty average and feel like I could have done without hearing this particular album before I died

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I have very mixed feelings about “Electric Music for the Mind and Body.” The guitar is phenomenal, as are the vocals and singing. But the melodies and instrumentation (minus guitar) fail to live up to those standard. As such, there are only about three good songs.

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Ohne Pilze oder synthetische Hilfsmittel kein Zugang zu finden

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2

Ik vond country joe niet zo country, eerder bluesy.

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Tja, ook hier gaat mijn hart niet bepaald harder van kloppen. Je had er waarschijnlijk destijds bij moeten zijn toen dit als iets baanbrekends gezien werd.

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Gezellig en leuk voor een keer, maar verder boeide het te weinig.

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Mwha

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Psychedelic nonsense. They should've just stuck to ingesting brown acid and avoided making albums. Best Tracks: Flying High; Super Bird; Bass Strings

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2.5

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By now this is long forgotten music, and as sad as that may be, I can understand why.

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You've heard this one before - a ho-hum, Doors-esque rock LP complete with gratuitous noodling, meandering song structures, and not much of a point. A few tinges of psychedelia aren't enough to save this one from mediocrity.

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2.5 idk

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Another one I'd never heard of before. It's is a bit up and down, got some very good tracks on it, but on the whole probably best left in the 60s.

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Underwhelming psychedelic rock album, neither getting you up to move nor spacing you out, man. Lacking any real panache, pretty lazy production (hippies), very much of a product of its time. Dull.

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Not jazzed about this at all. Bland 60's rock. It hasn't moved the needle in any meaningful way musically for me. Should be called Meh music for Meh minds and bodies. This crap needs to be bumped from the list to make room for Weezer's Blue album, which I just learned is NOT on the list and that's a goddamned travesty.

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After the first few songs, I was really leaning towards a high score on this but then it lost its way. Ultimately ended up too much on the psychedelic side.

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Oh man, they bought off-brand Grateful Dead! I ultimately felt like this was a bit of a middling piece of hippie ephemera. The production is pleasantly ramshackle, and it sounds like they're having fun, but there's not much for me to grab onto. There's nothing unique or compelling enough to justify its inclusion on this list. Nothing particularly unpleasant either, aside from the unnecessarily long jam tracks peppered throughout. It was just a little boring. Favourite tracks: Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine, Sad and Lonely Times

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I'll admit that I enjoyed some of the political messaging of Joe Fish here, preaching anti-Vietnam/anti-imperialists messaging from a psych-rock pulpit (aka 1960s folk festivals). However, the music felt very middle of the road, and hasn't stood up well over time. 1.5/5 Fav Track: Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine

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Placed in the time of the Summer of Love, I can see the influence of this record on the West Coast (San Francisco) scene and suspect that is why it is on this list, not for it's lasting impact on music. Whether it influenced bands like the Doors, Canned Heat, CSN, Buffalo Springfield, JA, Grateful Dead or the other way around you can hear some elements of the Psych Rock (Acid Rock) influence in all of these bands. It is an album that represents the counterculture of its time and an intro to Acid Rock and I suspect was enjoyed by most, including the artist, live, while on drugs. It doesn't translate well on record. The organ is straight up Question Mark and the Mysterians and is overused. There are some threads that influence music beyond 67/68 but not much that I can see. So it was an interesting time and had some influence on music but I think what the scene tried to represent had more of a cultural impact than most of the music. The bands that had more of an impact from that scene continued on, CJ and the Fish impact didn't last beyond those few years. Favorite Song: Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine Rated 2 out of 5

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Hasn't really stood the test of time. Too much 60's organ sound and fuzzy guitars. Porpoise Mouth is interesting and it is more enjoyable the more folk rock it is. Lyrics are pretty interesting in general... though Love may not qualify for that.

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Lo- Grace This is some bluesy/psychedelic/swampy-rock, or at least that's what it presents itself as. "Electric Music" in that it's mainly guitar/organ...Nothing really sticks out as exceptional, just mainly average, except for the last track "Grace", which meanders and is kind of pointless...pretty much like the rest of the album.

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Weird and forgettable

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Could only find terrible stereo mix and it is just lazy production in general. I kinda like some of the far out bits but for the most part it was just lazy take on blues.

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So 60's. I love a bit of psychadelic rock me but this doesn't hit me. I think I need to play this a few more times with some incense and bourbon and maybe I'll dig it.

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Eeehhhhh. Absolutely run-of-the-mill psych rock. I don't remember a single thing about it.

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not ,my jam

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Meh 2

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Passed me by a bit. Not as annoying as I thought it would be, but nothing standing out.

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Not my bag.

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It was pretty good, would like to explore these guys a little more.

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I can hear the roots of psychedelic prog here, but most of this is too folksy for me. I enjoyed the instrumental pieces more eg Section 43, and I can see the Doors being influenced by this. But the very 60's style hippie vocals were a turn off for me.

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'60's Psychedelic rock - not really my thing at all. 2/10.

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Not a fan

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Honestly just fuck this. Fuck it.

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Electric Music for the Mind and Body by Country Joe and The Fish (1967) McDonald’s moniker “Country Joe” is a reference to Joseph Stalin, and Barry Melton’s moniker “The Fish” is a reference to Mao Zedong (Wikipedia); you see, mommies, daddies, and managers were post-WWII socialists. This was music that was loved at the time because it was so ‘counter-cultural’. And it was loved by people who celebrated their difference from the mainstream by imitating each other. This mindset was perfectly parodied by Dick Shawn in the 1967 Mel Brooks classic “The Producers”. The ‘message’ is carried by trite lyrics that clunk along and stop just short of expressing feeling. It’s what you get when you turn red diaper babies loose in the studio. Lyrically, the album seems to be excusing itself by saying, “Since I’m stoned, I don’t have to make sense”. There’s one weeny stab at amateur political satire of LBJ (“Superbird”) that can be reduced to “I don’t like you, nyaah, nyaah”. And when a songwriter says (“Sad and Lonely Times”), “I can’t find the words to tell you how I care”, the listener can’t help but say, “Well, keep searching and get back to me”. Lead guitar has some nice moments (“Death Sound”, “Bass Strings”) with sparkling blues runs, inventive rapid tremolo and tasteful reverb, but it’s slapped against lead vocals that utterly lack soul. Plus, the bass strings on “Bass Strings” are seriously out of tune (actually, this is the case on most of the album). And there’s often an annoying mismatch between the gimmicky guitar effects (e.g., “Porpoise Mouth”) and the lyrical mood. Organ and harmonica on the pretentiously ‘psychedelic’ extended “Section 43” are strictly amateur. The closing track “Grace” (supposedly a tribute to Grace Slick) is so bad I can picture Slick saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” It’s all about love, peace, getting high, stop the war, yada yada. And it’s all so plastic—an album that begs not to be taken seriously. 1/5

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Meh, kind of uninteresting.

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It was boring.

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Lo- Grace This is some bluesy/psychedelic/swampy-rock, or at least that's what it presents itself as. "Electric Music" in that it's mainly guitar/organ...Nothing really sticks out as exceptional, just mainly average, except for the last track "Grace", which meanders and is kind of pointless...pretty much like the rest of the album.

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Meh

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Really bad 2 Eh fuck it 1

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