Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CD Review: Sixties Psychedelic Rockers Electric Prunes Return With What "Was"

American psychedelic rock band Electric Prunes began their career in the mid-sixties with the hit single "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)." The band released five albums in their four years together before disbanding in 1970. A renewed interest in the band sparked a reunion tour in 2001 and a new album in 2002. Since then the band has been steadily active with recording and touring, with the Electric Prunes releasing their latest album "Was" this past summer. The new fifteen-song release is a mixed bag of classic sounding rock and experimental pieces that just miss their mark. The album does feature original lead singer James Lowe and founding bassist Mark Tulin, who passed away in 2011. Beginning with an explosive cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning" the band sounds like it has a renewed energy for the recording studio. The Electric Prunes return you to the sixties with the psychedelic sounds of "Toyko" and "The Girl Who Crashed My Dream," while "Circles" sound like the band's attempt at a modern grunge sound. The band loses their signature sound on the more mainstream feel of "Blue Sky/Red Dress," but return with southern rock appeal of the live version of "Bullet Thru The Backseat." The album closes with the crawling lyrics and pleading chorus of "Don't Sneeze On Me" and the flashback nostalgic sixties pop sing-along "Oh My My." To find out more about this latest release from the Electric Prunes, please visit electricprunes67.com

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