Wednesday, February 6, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Inner Views" (1967)

"Inner Views" - Sonny Bono (1967)

This is Sonny Bono's plunge into the world of psych.  This was also his first (and only) solo album and, for better or worse, the brown acid got to him.  There are only five songs on this short LP.  The psych stuff sandwiches three songs in the middle.  A couple of pop songs and one “get-outta-my-face" ballad that sounds suspiciously like a Beatle riff from "A Day In The Life."  It's not a terribly good album, but it's not bad.  It just is what it is.  Sonny has always been more of a...hipster doofus than a Woodstock hippie, but you know that going in.

The opening track is a psychy 12-minute sitar groove thing with Sonny tripping off rhymes that are often silly and a bit groan-worthy, but I enjoyed it.  The closing track on side two is what you came for.  "Pammie's On A Bummer."  This was his big psychedelic grandiosity.  The song opens with a 3-minute freak-out before Sonny begins singing the tragic story of Joe Friday looking for 'Blue Boy' on Dragnet.  But I thought it was a bummer kind of way.  Look, this is Sonny either like the guy or not.  Me, I'm cool.  "Sonny" is not especially hard to find or expensive and it's a kitschy psych album of the times.  My used copy is still in shrink with a huge Woolworth price sticker plastered right across Sonny's mouth.  I might leave it there.  (BTW...This album got a one-page ad in the very first Rolling Stone magazine on November 9, 1967.)

"Inner Views" (back)

ATCO label

"Pammie's On A Bummer" - Sonny Bono / "Inner Views" (1967)

A1  "I Just Sit There" 12:15
A2  "I Told My Girl to Go Away" 4:15
B1  "I Would Marry You Today" 4:21
B2  "My Best Friend's Girl Is Out of Sight" 4:13
B3  "Pammie's on a Bummer" 7:45

Sonny Bono - vocals
Studio Musicians (maybe a Wrecking Crew or two)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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