Submitted by Twang on 12 October 2012 - 3:59pm
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
Slightly bonkers. There are 22 tracks glued together with an insane mix of samples from the Muppets, Star Trek, US radio, film soundtracks, Abbott and Costello, Tarzan, old records, random ambient sounds...it's pretty trippy but there are lots of tunes, and wonderful textures courtesy Randy California's guitar, analogue synths and layers of harmony vocals. There's a terrific version of "All along the watchtower" which rivals Randy's old guitar teacher Jimi's version. Apparently Randy was on a mission and most of it is him with some odd contributions from the band.
What does it all *mean*?:
Who knows. It appears to be about looking back on easier and more certain times and out to the future with trepidation. The end of the hippy dream maybe? It came out in 1977 so it was all over by then anyway. It didn't sell, naturally.
Goes well with …:
Anything really. A spliff and headphones of course. Happy daze and late nights is what this album says to me, but I just listened to it whilst working and it still sounds great.
Might suit people who like …:
Hard to say. It's not hard rocking, it's not folky, it's not prog. It is unique. People who like something whimsical, fun and trippy will like it. You can't dance to it. It's a feel good chill out treat.