"Of Cabbages And Kings" - Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde (1967)
Until I heard this album, I felt mostly indifferent about Chad and Jeremy. Pleasant chaps. Nice vocals. "A Summer Song"..."Yesterday's Gone" and all that. But I saw them as being rather...dull. But that was before the unlikely duo released..."Of Cabbages And Kings." (1967) The year of "Sgt. Pepper." The year C & J hooked a ride on the psych-train.
Side one is almost perfect. A tasty collection of folk and baroque psych. Side two is "The Progressive Suite" divided up into 5 movements. It is the more ambitious. You'll hear a cacophony of instruments and sounds...from the familiar plucking of the sitar to a ping-pong ball being paddled back and forth. And with lyrics both earnest and kinda silly, it all pretty much works. I loved it. Well, most of it. A couple of songs from side two would've been better served with less tricks from the carrot-top box. But it was a time for trying new things so even that can be forgiven. It's a great little snap shop of the times. I had Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde pegged all wrong. Those guys had been cooler than flip all along. This is pretty good stuff. I've read their follow-up album..."The Ark"...is even better. One to keep an eye out for.
"Of Cabbages and Kings" (back)
Columbia label (360 two-eye)
"Rest In Peace" - Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde / "Of Cabbages and Kings" (1967)
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