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Mad River/Paradise Bar & Grill

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Merciful Monks
  2. High All The Time
  3. Amphetamine Gazelle
  4. Eastern Light
  5. Wind Chimes
  6. The War Goes On
  7. Hush, Julian
  8. Harfy Amgnum
  9. Paradise Bar & Grill
  10. Love's Not The Way To Treat A Friend
  11. Leave Me Stay
  12. Cooper Plates
  13. Equinox
  14. They Brought Sadness
  15. Revolution's In My Pockets
  16. Academy Cemetery
  17. Cherokee Queen


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000584UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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mad river were an unjustly obscure bay area late 60's band -actually the group originated in yellow springs, ohio. the group played a wide variety of music- psychedelic rock, country, jazz, bluegrass,folk,and quite a few more. somebody once said, and correctly, that they were weird even for the time. mad river's first album is pretty demented, it was apparently recorded at the wrong speed. consequently, some of this may remind one of captain beefheart or frank zappa in places. the bizarre lyrics, crazy vocals, and insane guitars of tracks like THE WAR GOES ON, and AMPHETAMINE GAZELLE will probably astonish and delight listeners at the same time. mad river featured two strong vocalists in leader Lawrence Hammond, and drummer Gregory Dewey ( who later appeared in Country Joe and the Fish and Grootna), and solid if often challenging playing from rick bockner, dave robinson,and tom manning. mad river is a generally very good, if sometimes difficult first album, and one should also check out their e.p., available on the berkeley ep's cd in the nuggets of the golden state series from big beat. this includes early versions of AMPHETAMINE GAZELLE and WIND CHIMES from the debut, as well as a fine and eerie track called ORANGE FIRE (an anti-Vietnam song featuring some absolutely blistering guitar work) As this track is unavailable elsewhere, and the ep also contains some first rate work from country joe, frumious bandersnatch , and notes from the underground. Paradise bar and grill,the follow up, was even better. While ACADEMY CEMETERY (featuring some great percussion)and LEAVE ME STAY reminded listeners of their earlier work, overall the album was more reminiscent of , say, Creedence or the Band, particularly on the beautiful and brilliant title cut, COPPER PLATES, and REVOLUTION'S IN MY POCKETS.Read more ›
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While some prefer Mad River's 1968 super-psychedelic debut album, I prefer their second (and final) album, "Paradise Bar & Grill." It's still psychedelic, but with a twisted country flavor, and the song structures are more traditional than their wild debut album. "Copper Plates" and the song "Paradise Bar & Grill" are like twisted country songs on acid. "Cherokee Queen" (written by ex-SDS president Carl Oglesby and the only cover song on the album) is just a great country rock tune. I still don't know what it's about, but it is haunting. The aching acoustic song "Love's Not the Way to Treat a Friend" features a touching spoken vocal by Haight-Ashbury poet laureate, the late lamented Mr. Richard Brautigan. Really, Mad River should get more credit for helping to pioneer the country rock scene, along with the Byrds. Breaking up in 1969, Mad River only ever put out two albums, which is a damn shame. The country rock boom was just around the corner; I bet they could of cashed some checks in the early 1970s if they stayed together.
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Great Music: no doubt about it. Two of the greatest psychedelic rock albums of the '60s. A band incredibly "unknown" for the masses, which deserves much "light". Mad River (1969) is an extraordinary example of the creative ribellion borned in San Francisco Bay Area. Songs like "High All The Time", "Wind Chimes", "War Goes On" and the magnificient "Eastern Light" are masterpieces, following Grateful Dead or Quicksilver's classics of the time. "Paradise Bar & Grill" leaves electrical atmospheres for the acoustic country tune (as Dead did with Workingman's Dead and American Beauty), but Leave Me Stay signs a brief return on "Mad River sound".

Sorry for my English, but it's not my language :D
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Except Fifty Foot Hose, no San Fran band went far out as Mad River. When The Mammas and Papas were in choir practice and Jefforson Airplane played steriod blues and acid rock, Mad River sounded like a 1970s New York no wave band.

The first of both albums on this set has Trout Mask Replica guitar riffs. Mad River didn't quite have the Magic Band's killer interplay, but did set patterns that went against as well as with each other.

It helps when you have a women singer who could lead a modern goth unit. Punk rockers credit the Velvet Underground, but the singer here has pipes far stronger than Nico's. This seems to be a album known by critics and recordheads, but I'll bet a lot of the edger punk bands are aware of this album.

The second of the two albums is more bluesy and is just fine, just lacking the edge of the first. Still, this band is more influenceal than it gets its due for .
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Absolutely smashing band - it's irrelevant, whether it was acid or psychedelic. Next to it Country Joe shouldn't have stayed with the fishes, the Messenger could've been quick, but lost its way, while Stone Poneys were flogged to death.
The music is not as light as "Amphetamine Gazelle", but Hammond as honestly howling like predator who just ate it. That's just raving madness - absolutely captivating.
Nothing could be written better than Richie Unterberger did - Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' RollUrban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock
Both albums of the most overseen and underrated act of San Francisco Bay pack of acid trippers - it's a giveaway.
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