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Stockholm 67 [Live]

The Electric PrunesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Birdman
  • ASIN: B000066SF3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Never Had It Better
2. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
3. Try Me On For Size
4. I Happen To Love You
5. I Got My Mojo Workin'
6. Long Day's Flight (Til Tomorrow)
7. Smokestack Lightning
8. Get Me To The World On Time

Editorial Reviews

In the winter of 1967, a psychedelic-garage-punk band from Woodland Hills, California, arrived in Europe for what would be their first and last tour of the continent. On the strength of their hit single "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the band was welcomed with open arms by European rock fans as well as British rock royalty - they smoked out with Hendrix, partied with Brian Jones and Keith Moon, and hung out in the studio with the Beatles - but were also subjected to harassment and ridicule over the fact that their homeland was at war in Vietnam. Yep, good times, good times! Twenty days and six countries later it was all over. Luckily, on the last stop of the tour someone pushed the record button and this artifact is the result. Stockholm '67 finds the Electric Prunes at the height of the powers. Some ninnies have griped that the 'Prunes were nothing more than a psychedelic one-hit wonder, and a studio project at best. This performance burns the criticism to the ground. Over-amplified and fuzzed to the max, the 'Prunes here are explosive, noisy and wild. This recording proves that the Electric Prunes deserve to be ranked alongside the very best bands of their era

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way different from studio Prunes... February 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Electric Prunes' studio albums are pretty ethereal and arty, so you might be shocked at the Raw Power displayed on this aural document. Soundwise, it has more in common with The Who's Live at Leeds than any garage or psychedelic record you can think of from the '67 era. It's still very psychedelic, but seriously heavy. As the other reviewers noted, the sound quality is great -- what's amazing is that the band seemed to think that the recording didn't capture their full energy and power!
It starts off with a smokin' version of "You never had it better" with a wicked guitar solo. You also get strong versions of their better known songs, including the infamous "I had too much to dream last night," plus psychedelicized versions of blues standards "Smokestack lightning" and "I got my mojo working." It ends with a deliciously extended rave-up on "Get me to the world on time," wherein the Prunes raise up a massive "Sister Ray"-ish wall of speaker-melting feedback. Essential.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Rave-ups December 9, 2006
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First off, the Electric Prunes were cursed with a name that became a joke back in the '60's. Made sense at the time, but never made it thru the '70's with anything approaching dignity intact. 2) Mass in F Minor was a major mistake. Pompous, pretentious, over the top. But their first garage classics - "I Had Too Much Too Dream Last Night," and "Get Me To The World On Time" I played over & over until the 45 rpm singles' grooves went grey. Since then, they are now enshrined on the awesome and mighty Nuggets Anthology. I never saw them live until Little Steven resurrected them for his Underground Garage Festival in 2004. For their brief time onstage, they made the ground rumble. You could feel the fuzztone, feedback, and bass lines come up from the earth under your feet. I left the festival, and next day, went to their website where I discovered "Stockholm '67". In this I found the motherlode. Unbeknownst to me, the Electric Prunes were the best American rave-up psychedelic punk meisters to ever grace a stage. "Try Me On for Size," "Smokestack Lightning," "You Never Had It Better" will rip the joint. As for their own 1 1/2 hits - "I Had Too Much To Dream..." & "Get Me To The World..." they tear them apart & rebuild them from inside out. I can't help playing them at 11 and having the neighbors bang on the walls. Great stuff! Ferocious garage!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a Danish September 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Electric Prunes' 'Stockholm 67' is touted in some circles, in particular on their own web site, as "perhaps the finest live recording of the psychedelic era". That must be notwithstanding works by artists such as Cream and Jimi Hendrix, but The Prunes certainly demonstrate on this December 1967 set that they possessed great, though unrealized potential beyond their two-trick pony facade.

The E.P.'s are best known for their November 1966 single, 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)', which by January of 1967 had progressed to a number 11 hit in North America. In April of the Summer of Love, they followed up their initial success with a minor hit, 'Get Me To the World On Time', which charted at number 27. The performance and recording of 'I Had Too Much..." is easily the best track on this disc. The opener, 'You Never Had It Better' possesses an addictive guitar riff that makes it the second best song on the CD. The band starts seriously cooking in their 'garage-punk' style with 'Try Me On For Size', takes a brief respite with the Gerry Goffin/Carole King compostion 'I Happen To Love You', originally written for The Monkees, and burn through the remainder of their set in blues-rock mode with four sizzlers, including Preston Foster's 'Got My Mojo Workin' and Chester Burnett's 'Smokestack Lightning'. The musicianship is surprisingly good here, simply because you expect so little from a relatively obscure, mid-1960's band with just 1 and 1/2 hits. Ken Williams' fuzz-tone guitar is turned up to maximum blast, and James Lowe provides consistantly strong vocals. Quint's drumming, Mark Tulin's bass, and Mike Gannon's second guitar form a hard-driving rhythm section that exudes confidence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow........... September 6, 2003
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I read the previous customer reviews of this CD and enjoyed many of the Electric Prunes' songs on their first two albums, so decided to pick up this live CD as well. I was blown away. I can't believe this group put on this type of overpowering live show in 1967. If they had appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival and been included in the movie with this type of performance, they'd be considered one of the major rock groups from that era. It's also surprising that shortly after this music was recorded in December 1967, the group fell apart and was replaced by management with all different members. Why didn't they get more credit from the rock press or teen publications at the time?
I knew that some of these recordings had been previously issued on a bootleg many years back, but never saw the actual bootleg LP. I expected since these recordings were taped for radio broadcast this would be monophonic, radio-quality sound. I was surprised it's in stereo and the sound quality is excellent.
Surprising is the word I keep using, and any fan of 1960's rock music needs to buy this CD. To me the sound of the Electric Prunes lead quitarist Ken Williams on this CD is a cross between San Francisco rock guitarists from bands such as Jeff Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish (and even reminds me of the "Sacred Cows" mythical group that appeared on the "Get Smart" TV show "Groovy Guru" episode). The musicianship is all great.
The hard-driving, take-no-prisoners killer rock played by the Electric Prunes on this CD from 1967 will make your jaw drop.
One cool comment by lead singer Jim Lowe on the CD is when he references the Monkees, preceding the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song "I Happen to Love You" .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
I purchased this CD based on the reviews. While I don't think it's all that the hype would lead you to believe, it's still a pretty great album. Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by Peter J. Chudoba
5.0 out of 5 stars Live, fuzzed-out garage punk!
If you're only framiliar with the Prunes through their studio recordings, watch out, because this album is a whole different ball game! Read more
Published on July 28, 2007 by Laszlo Matyas
4.0 out of 5 stars Garage Fuzz, The Prunes surpass their studio sound Live~
The Electric Prunes have suffered over the years from (1) their somewhat dated name (for pre-Prunes materials, see the CD compilation credited to Jim and the Lords), (2) their... Read more
Published on March 20, 2007 by J. DiMoia
5.0 out of 5 stars long, overdue release
Probably one of the best live recordings I have heard from the 60's. The quality is just excellent. The music itself is also excellent. Read more
Published on May 9, 2005 by Joseph L. Kolb
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Prunes - 'Stockholm 67' (Heartbeat)
When I FIRST found that this archive CD was EVEN available and in existence, I was truly delighted. I've ALWAYS loved the Electric Prunes as I remember seeing their clip on the... Read more
Published on August 3, 2004 by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric it is!
Remarkable live album from the late 60's!
To be honest with you I had never heard of those guys before, and just bought the cd because I found both cover and name cool. Read more
Published on November 23, 2002 by Phil On
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic energy!
I was in my local indie record shop and heard this CD blasting out of the speakers. I thought it was incredible. Read more
Published on June 27, 2002 by Melkor
1.0 out of 5 stars Eight Track Quality
To anyone who likes this group the songs will bring back
memories...or make new ones!! The music is ok, but the production quality is very , very ... Read more
Published on June 4, 2002 by "gbushell"
5.0 out of 5 stars da prunes
as an old warrior type hippie i remember the prunes and in my day they were far from a one hit band the album(mass in f minor)was an album masterpiece this collection i think... Read more
Published on April 27, 2000 by george finchum
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