Wednesday, March 11, 2020

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Vol. 3 A Child's Guide To Good And Evil" (1968)

"Vol. 3  A Child's Guide To Good And Evil" (front)

Every psychedelic fan is aware of this classic.  And no wonder.  West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band has plenty of heady psych goodness on here.  Tasty fuzz guitar and sitar nudges the lava lamp around while strange and trippy lyrics both sung and spoken haunt and puzzle the head.  Unexpected sounds and noises provide delightful 'wtf' moments.  And it's all beautifully weird and hauntingly clever.  Plus the overall spin-experience has a passive/aggressive attitude that gives everything a slightly ominous flavor.  I thought WCPAEB Vol. 3 was fantastic.  And it left me feeling like I had experienced a time-machine...unique only to my ears.  The album was time and money well spent.
This original 1968 album was a pony-up for my pockets.  All of WCPAEB albums are.  My copy has a promo sticker on the front but nothing on the label.  The record is very clean and ready for dancing.  Favorites are "Eighteen Is Over The Hill"..."A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death"...and "Watch Yourself."  Get this album any way you can.

"Vol. 3  A Child's Guide To Good And Evil" (back)

Reprise-W7 label

Reprise sleeve

"A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death" - WCPAEB / "Vol. 3  A Child's Guide To Good And Evil" (1968)

TRACKS:
A1  "Eighteen Is Over The Hill" 2:40
A2  "In The Country" 2:03
A3  "Ritual #1" 2:09
A4  "Our Drummer Always Plays In The Nude" 2:43
A5  "As The World Rises And Falls" 4:49
A6   "Until The Poorest People Have Money To Spend" 2:15
B1  "Watch Yourself" 5:18
B2  "A Child's Guide To Good And Evil" 2:26
B3  "Ritual #2" 2:01
B4  "A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death" 2:38
B5  "As Kind As Summer"  1:07
B6  "Anniversary Of World War III"  1:32

PERSONNEL:
Bob Markley - b-vocals, spoken word, tambourine, percussion
Shaun Harris - vocals, bass
Ron Morgan - guitar, sitar, b-vocals
Hal Blaine - drums, percussion

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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