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Electric Prunes

The Electric Prunes

1967

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Electric Prunes

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2.78

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5

Never heard of them before, but really dug the first tune “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night).” Great song and great lyrics. How have I never heard this before? The second track “Bangles” again drew me in right away. I want to see this lady’s dressing room and vanity. Fantastic fun lyrics. “Onie” took it down a notch into a pleasant, dreamy tune that I liked a lot. Made me wish I was wandering through the streets of a new town gazing into shop windows wearing boots and a mini skirt. After changing my name to ‘Onie’ of course. Clever lyrics abound. “Are You Lovin’ Me More (But Enjoying it Less)”. Great sixties sentiments like “Sold to the Highest Bidder” and “The King Is In His Counting House”. A delightful cover of “About A Quarter to Nine”. Some quality sexy time with “Luvin’” and “Try Me On For Size”. And a couple of transportation songs, “Train for Tomorrow” and “The Toonerville Trolly”. Speaking of… “The Toonerville Trolly” is a generous helping of Cool Whip on this fabulous album! I started literally laughing out loud on a public bus - so much fun! But I found myself wondering if ‘ridin’ the Toonerville Trolly’ might be a euphemism for something else… and imagining all the possibilities. Throw in the artsy album cover featuring the band in the same pose as a modern art rendition of them and it’s pretty much everything I could ask for in a 60s album. So glad to have been introduced to The Electric Prunes!

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i’d never heard of electric prunes but i was pleasantly surprised! love it!

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I really enjoyed this one. It was like... a darker version of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, kinda the way the Wiki page described.

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4

My left ear enjoyed this one. Cool sound.

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Especially liked 'Sold to the Highest Bidder'. Some really fun fast moving tracks on this one. At points it felt like it was straddling the edge of being endearingly goofy and annoyingly so

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3

WHAT IN THE FUCK IS THE TOONERVILLE TROLLEY I HATE IT SO MUCH. There are some really sorta... creepy at times psychedelia goodness in here, mixed with filler songs. I really enjoyed stuff like "I had Too Much to Dream", and "Get me to the World on Time", "The Highest Bidder" a solid 3/5!

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Interesting contrast to the Animals.. they focused on politics, prunes focused on girls with more than a touch of misogyny...

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People seem to think irony as a pop-culture phenomena was a 90s thing, but I’m realizing that there was a whole wave of it in the late 60s as psychedelic bands inexplicably made entire albums of joke songs with ragtime piano. I’m guessing everyone was burnt out by the end of the 60s. I feel like I should like this but it’s just lame, the whole side B is especially kind of unbearable. Favourite track: “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)”

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Another that had a few good tunes, interspersed by Nursery rhymes and rubbish

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3

This album feels quite manic, some cool songs and some others I really don't care for at all. First track might be my fav, the rest are sorta meh. Like Toonerville Trolley is sort of horrible. An interesting debut for sure.

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Starts as a psychedelic fever dream but then kinda goes all over the place, ending on a bizarre sarcastic joke. If the material were more consistently psychedelic like the opening track or "Get Me to the World on Time" it'd be 4 stars but I have to round down to 3 for the jarring tone shifts.

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I love this album

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5

This album was not available on my music streaming service. Instead, I listened to the second album "Underground". Which was quite good.

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5

Εxcellent album

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5

Wow! Sometimes, this project really surprises me with this kind of thing: An album and even an artist or band that I never heard about before and became a fan instantly. The first song sounds a little bit ~strange~ but when I got the vibe for it, it's a great album with the right number of songs and an excellent set (more songs could be too much)

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5

Ah, grata sorpresa.

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Excellent 60's music.

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7.5/10

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Great!! Garage rock!!

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60s psychedelic blend. Pretty good

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Vaguely familiar with some of their music. Classic 60s psych. A couple of less interesting songs on this album, but not enough to detract from the whole experience.

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I Had Too Much to Dream parecida a Summer Wine

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No coneixia el disc; considerava la banda un one hit wonder del protogarage, pel primer tema, i m'ha sorprés molt positivament que el disc estigui tot ell, sinó a l'alçada, molt a prop del seu single més conegut. 'Train for Tomorrow', 'Sold to the Highest Bidder', 'Get Me to the World on Time'... tot temes punyents i reivindicables

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This is a very different sounding album with a variety of eclectic styles. It would be hard to belive that songs like Onie, Sold to the Highest Bidder and the Toonerville Trolley could be wriitten by the same band, but in fact, they were wriiten by a song writing team that the band was forced to use. Nevertheless, it really stands out compared to alot the stuff that came out in 1967.

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Gheard in the 60s Schatztruhe koane großen Hits aber stilprägend

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These guys were clearly listening to everyone at the time. The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Rolling Stones influence is clear. However, the Electric Prunes are clearly doing their own thing and doing it very well. Their music is varied, psychedelic, and dark. They are also experimenting with sounds and instrumentation in a way that still sounds interesting over 50 years later

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I've heard of The Electric Prunes but the name is such an unsuccessful attempt at humor, I kind of assumed they were a parody, like Spinal Tap. But here they are. (And maybe Spinal Tap's got an album on this list so this doesn't really prove that they're a "real" band. In fact some of these songs reminded me of ST's Cups and Cakes.) Anyway... I liked this. The music definitely evokes a specific time period. These guys look awfully serious on the cover, though, for playing songs that are quite silly. I guess they're mad because their producer made them sing songs they didn't even write! How often has it happened that an all-male band sang so many songs written by a couple of women? (Oh, but looking closer, I guess they're recreating the B&W illustration behind them which is...what? Why isn't THAT the cover?) In addition to Spinal Tap, I was reminded of The Guess Who and The Hollies. I enjoyed I Had Too Much to Dream, Are You Loving Me More, Sold to the Highest Bidder, Get Me to the World on Time, and About a Quarter to Nine. The ragtimey Toonerville Trolley was a delightful surprise at the end.

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Another new one for me. I love the opening track and biggest hit, "I Had Too Much to Dream," with its wonderful psychedelic 1967 sound. The songs that keep with this sound are my favorites. I like the sound of "Train for Tomorrow" and "Try Me On for Size" has a good marimba in it. What kind of name is "Onie?" I really enjoyed the whole thing, although I'm not sure ending with "The Toonerville Trolley" was the right way to go. Was the piano solo supposed to do that?

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Niet erg speciaal, maar wel van kunnen genieten

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Jaaa hier hou ik van. Psychedelica die ik nog niet ken. Versie van Nature boy is fantastisch

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8,5/10

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spaccano! da riascoltare e riscoprire

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Genuinely enjoyed. The last track was really weird until I realized what it was doing

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Different, enjoyed it

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I can hear a lot of other bands in their sound, they certainly seem like they weren't afraid to try out different styles. It was a bit of bizarre familiarity despite never hearing of this band before.

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The intro track here is the intro to the famous Nuggets compilation. If you heard that song first, of course you'd be hooked. It's a psychedelic garage masterpiece. The sudden chord and vocal changes in the rest of the tracks are exhilarating and keep you on your toes. This is the closest thing to postpunk in the 60s with the lofi garage-style and high experimental sounds. They all have compelling premises but I find them to be incomplete. They don't evolve their ideas very much which is a bit of a disappointment. But for a 60s album, it doesn't get more creative than this. I seriously have no idea what the next track is like. After banging my head against a concrete sidewalk to "Get Me to the World on Time" how would I know I'd casually strolling down that sidewalk on a sunny afternoon to "About a Quarter to Nine?"

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Great album, must listen to it again sometime. Favourite songs: - Onie - Get me to the world on time - About a quarter to nine

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Wrinkly enough 4 me

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Never heard of these guys before. Enjoyed album a lot...

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A really enjoyable visit to sixties America, here a band in a groove and mood designed, it seems, to appeal to an older, sophisticated audience not otherwise screaming at the British Invasion bands. If lacking any crazy memorable tracks, still a pretty decent album of its era.

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pretty fun album, really liked it - 8/10

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Didn’t know they were making this kind of music back then

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Classic 60s rock with a few great tracks.

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Good album which has a lot of missed potential unfortunately, would have wished that the more exotic and medieval sounding songs were more plentyful

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3

I liked the short songs. not enough people writing 2 minute songs these days

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Cool late 60s drug record.

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Was an alright album, nothing super special but a pleasant listen none the less. Highlight: Sold to the Highest Bidder

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Durchwachsen. Der Wikipedia-Artikel über die Platte beschreibt es eigentlich ganz gut: wenn die künstlerische Kontrolle bei den Produzenten liegt, kommt eben solch eine übermäßig gefällige Platte mit merklich Füllmaterial dabei heraus. Dennoch ist der Band ihr kreatives Potential anzumerken. Bisschen viel Tremolo-Effekt.

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Kind of a fun listen--some interesting sounds and songs in there, but not something I'd return to.

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Was okay. Need to give it another listen

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it was alright but i didn't like it that much. low 3

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Meh...

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I liked some of the ideas that had worked its way onto this one, but after a hectic day, I wasn’t able to recall most of the album. Which is a problem that keeps it from a higher rating

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This album was hit or miss for me. There were songs that were really great and then there were some that I wasn’t feeling. Pretty good overall, but definitely not their best album. Favorite tracks: “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night,” “Train For Tomorrow,” and “The King Is In The Counting House”

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The B Side is great, which makes up for an average A Side. Overall, nothing remarkable, but an enjoyable 60s listen.

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A mosquito was buzzing at me as the insect sounds at the beginning of the album started. I almost turned the flyswatter on Spotify. Perhaps I should have. I really have had enough of psychedelic. I like the stuff that some bands were doing in that time period but what I'll call fringe psychedelic is wearing on me. I always thought I would have enjoyed being 18 - 21 yo in the Summer of Love but now I wonder. Perhaps the brown acid would have made the fringe psychedelic more bearable. When the Electric Prunes leave the Psych Ward they play some fun stuff. Toonerville Trolley, the last track, is a bit of ragtime and quite enjoyable. Final note: They weren’t doing themselves any favours when they chose the band’s name. OK it's the weekend and I'm in a generous mood so, because of Toonerville and, more important, because the album is only 29 min long, I'll give it a +1.

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Decent album. Hit or miss. I liked Onie though

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first song was good then it got boring

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Very weird, very interesting. There’s two really good singles and the rest is kind of a mish-mash of varying quality.

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Not my thing... Noisy, psychedelic.

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Wild. Eclectic. Decent.

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Onie sounds a bit VU This is good stuff A good listen

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New band and all new music to me. It was easy to recognize the era that this music comes from (60s psychodelia). No tracks stood out as potential additions to my personal playlist, and there wasn't anything that I wanted to skip. This album is officially okay.

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3

Good mellow listen, but not much more. Favorite track might be Sold to the Highest Bidder

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I wanted to love this because it's my favourite period and one of my favourite genres but the quality just wasn't there. Good with a couple of standout tracks but not great. The songs are an uneven mix of psychedelica, baroque pop and whatever you'd class the last track as. The thing that really killed this though was the terrible mastering. Most of the tracks were badly balanced with most of the instruments heavily skewed to the left. Really bizarre and irritating to listen to.

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3

A very eclectic mix of 60’s musical styles. I could hear Beatles, stones, maybe a bit of the doors as well. Enjoyed it but not something I would rush to listen to

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3.7 - More tuneful than psychedelic, this album's a fun blend of musical theater, pop, rock, white soul, with light inflections of psychedelia. It's definitely better than the record cover suggests - once you get past the awful band name, the silly hit track title, the knock-off Beatles hair and the momma's boy outfits, there's actually a lot to like. Standouts: "Onie", "Sold to the Highest Bidder" and a surprising cover of "About a Quarter to Nine."

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Iskreno puno je psihodeličnih rock bandova bilo u drugom dijelu 60ih, ali s obzirom da je bilo stvarno dobrih bendova, albuma, ovaj album je just okay. Nije loš, sasvim okej je, ima boljih u ovom području. Ne dam dvojku jer bi onda bilo baš onak jadno da spada sa nekim albumima kojima sam dao dva koji su to zaslužili, ovima dajem malo respiratorne pomoći pa će ih to držati na klimavoj trojci.

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I Had too Much to Dream, Onie, Are You Lovin’ Me More, Sold to the Highest Bidder 👍🏼 BANGERS. Very plucky guitar work which is kinda fun. The rest feels kind of gimmicky, almost like childrens music. 5/10

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Not bad, not great

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Cet album ne laissait présager rien de bon, mais c'était finallement pas mal du tout, et pour cause: ces bonnes vieilles prunnes electriques ont bien pris soin de copier un maximum le style des Beatles, que ce soit musicalement ou physiquement. Un tel effort de reproduction est souvent synonyme de bon album dans le générateur, comme nous l'ont prouvé par exemple les Beau Bummels par le passé. 3/5 par conséquent.

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Ces prunes électriques passent dans le générateur comme un éclair avec leur album très court et auront au moins eu le mérite de ne pas nous déranger, sans pour autant nous avoir fait vibrer. Un trois sur cinq logique, donc.

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Another almost indistinguishable Summer of Love from psychedelic album. Some tracks play it safe and folky, others try too hard to be far out man.

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It's not bad, but a low 3.

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I dig it

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The only tracks that are really grabbing me on this are: 1. I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) 4. Onie 6. Sold To The Highest Bidder 11. Try Me On For Size The rest is sounding pretty generically psychedelic. It's good, but just not my cup of tea.

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First Listen. Interesting sounds.

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not my jam, but groovy

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Opened up fantastic, but the rest of the album was just ok

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Didn’t fully listen

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strange mix of kinks, floyd, beatles and and a whole heap of sounds that sounds almost parody 60's now

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Amusing era piece from the 60s. Funny names were all the rage, but if you played an awesome bassline you could sell records

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It was alright, but did not grab my attention all that much

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Ok

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Meh

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A fun 60s album by a band I had never heard of. A bit like a kinks/ Doors fusion. I guess there were lots of good bands like this and only a few reached the true echelons of legend status. 3 stars from me.

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Sort of weird somewhat-psychedelic late 60s guitar rock. Not bad. 3.5 stars, rounded down because I liked the other 3.5 star album I listened to today a little more.

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3.5

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Sounds like Philly Boy Roy singing the Toonerville Trolley.

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It was fine. I do like "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" a little, and the album mostly wasn't annoying, but it wasn't anything special either. 2.75

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Odd album. The first song was a banger but the album was a grab bag of 60's psychedelic rock, songs that were almost 50's bubblegum pop, a medieval song, a silly ragtime song about the Toonerville Trolley (licorice dick anyone?). It's the 1960s, so the songwriter sometimes comes off as a bit of a weirdo when writing about women.

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too much to dream last night a psychedelic classic; rest was pretty mundane

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Solid old school psychedelic and blues rock

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Not my style. Some catchy riffs on some songs, but the psychedelic movement is not for me. 2.5/5

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Some interesting songs on this album, but I'm not sure I'd revisit it. This is like a 2.5

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meget mærkelig album enkelte gode sange men ellers ikke min stil. Prøver at lyde som Beatles men ikke lige så godt.

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Bit disjointed and bland

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Not bad. Not good.

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The odd good tune, but not one I'd rush back too. Doubled this up with the Stooges album that I'd missed on Monday, and felt similar about that - two good songs and a shedload of spooky chanting.

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Maybe this was groundbreaking when it was released. Today, it's just kind of cringey.

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But weird. Couple of ok songs but not really my bag.

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Nothing to eclipse current views on albums from this era

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I had too much to drink is a classic but the rest was meh

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not bad, not too good either

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1st tune decent. Downhill thereafter

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A lot of fucking around that amounts to extremely mediocre songwriting and execution. Impressive that it managed to be wildly weird and different while also being lame as hell.

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a couple tracks were ok but nothing to write home about

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Kind of boring. Not sure why this is on the list. Even the band members didn't like it because they weren't allowed to write any of the songs and thought most of them were fillers.

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Meh

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More 1960s psychedelia for me. Never heard of this bizarrely named outfit! It's a concise and energetic record. I like the surf / garage rock elements. But I particularly like the noisy guitar and spaced-out warbling sounds on the hallucinatory opening track ("I Had too Much to Dream Last Night"). Unfortunately, the album doesn't consistently deliver on its promises. There are some generic rock tracks where the singer whines about "gettin' some loving". And there are two awful, forced twee folk tracks, one of which involves a dodgy British accent (the band are from Los Angeles...). Overall, some cool moments and I'm glad I heard it. But it doesn't convert me to 60s rock, and I can't see it qualifying as essential listening for many people. 2.5

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Might be sacrilegious but i didnt think this was anything special, kinda sounds like lots of other music of the era, that said i was pleased by onie but thats only one song

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Best Tracks: I Had Too Much to Drink (Last Night), Bangles, Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less), Get Me to The World On Time, Luvin', Try Me On for Size

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Pura canción sin terminar, canciones para niños y canciones de mierda

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I found this album to be a little all over the place, and vaguely reminded me of the Animals - but not as good. Can’t say I really enjoyed it. 2.4/5

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Probably groundbreaking when it came out but can't say I'm crazy for 60s music most of the time, and this didn't grab me.

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anos 67s, rememba

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Interesting

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No. Stop. Please no more. How much time left on this album. I'm listening to a band called The Electric Prunes and now know why I never heard of them. 1.5. I turned it off on mid way through the last song.

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Pretty meh album. No songs really stood out and at only 30 minutes it still felt like it dragged a bit. The songs feel repetitive and nothing really stood out in quality. 4.7/10

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???

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Decent album, some nice songs but not really my style

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not for me at all it is very slow and seems a generic 60s album

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why

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Lo mismo no era mi día para escuchar esto. Me ha parecido un rollo, aunque más o menos se puede escuchar.

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Some good songs but some that are about as silly and novelty-like that it really makes it hard to take it seriously. Three good songs is worth a 2.5 🌟 rating from me

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Toplo ladno

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Ho trovato quest'album strano. Ma non so se piacevolmente strano, rimane a metà nel mio gusto.

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This psychedelic rock has not aged well. The last song, The Toonerville Trolley, left a particularly bad taste in my mouth.

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Didn’t hate it didn’t love it. 2.5/5

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Not sure why this made it to this list. I was not familiar with the group or the album and there is a good reason for that, it is bad music. Nothing noteworthy. Just no need for you to listen.

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Some nice moments, but mostly just dull 60s psychedelics by numbers

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I've never heard of this band before, no idea what to expect. 1. I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) - Really good song, catchy. 8/10 2. Bangles - Decent song, 6/10 3. Onie - Kind of loved this one, it was slow and sweet-sounding, 8/10 4. Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less) - Didn't like very much, 4/10 5. Train for Tomorrow - Weak song, I feel like the lyrics and the instrumental just really did not fit together well. 3/10 6. Sold to the Highest Bidder - Very interesting... borderline bizarre. But I liked it despite it being a bit of a chaotic mess of a song. 6/10 7. Get Me to the World on Time - Okay, 5/10 8. About a Quarter to Nine -Another of these middling-type songs. This one is totally inoffensive but, as a result, bland. Nothing special. 5/10 9. The King Is in the Counting House - Nursery rhyme? Not a fan. 2/10 10. Luvin' - Certainly better than the previous few tracks, but still nothing special. 6/10 11. Try Me on for Size - More of the same. 4/10 12. The Toonerville Trolley - Dreadful, to be honest. 2/10 A real mixed-bag of songs here. A few terrible, a couple good, many average. Favs: I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night), Onie Least favs: The Toonerville Trolley, The King is in the Counting House, Train for Tomorrow Initial rating: 2/5.

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It was like bizarre Beatles. Dark and psychedelic, but the sound quality was incredibly poor so I couldn't get into it.

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Not for me

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Grup absolutament desconegut. Rock psicodèlic de finals dels seixanta inofensiu. Hi ha un parell de temes interessants, però el disc se m'ha fet fins i tot llarg, malgrat no arribar a la mitja hora de durada. Oblidable.

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Found the songs and the voice annoying.

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Really fucking annoying! Did not enjoy

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Forgotten it already

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Gets one star for the effort of actually going to the studio and recording this pish

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Actually thought it started ok but quickly descended into some truly awful noise. Some music is timeless. This mess is not.

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The worst album I've ever heard. Would have given 0 stars if it had been possible.

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Zeitgeist of the time. Maybe you're meant to take LSD to enjoy it.

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Shite sandwich

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Pain

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Holy shit, that was terrible. Like a parody of 60s psychedelic rock.

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Best Song: Sold to the Highest Bidder. Best song musically, although it does have some woefully misogynistic lyrics. Worst Song: Quarter to Nine. An utterly failed attempt at sounding suave. Overall: Lyrically dated songs that sound like they were written by a bunch of high school horndogs, all backed by pretty ho-hum instrumentation. Feels like a waste of the otherwise cool phrase "i had too much to dream last night". The album's best quality is its brevity.

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This is awful, I didn't listen to much

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I am struggling to find anything to say about this album. Its just such a blatant doors ripoff. I got through the album no problem but cant say that I would want to go back to it. The Toonerville Trolley is a real piece of shit and is a star demerit.

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wow this was bad and boring. 1/5

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I LOVE THIS. I'll expand on it later.

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