Electric Music for the Mind and Body

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Electric Music for the Mind and Body
Studio album by Country Joe and the Fish
Released May 11, 1967
Recorded February 1967, Sierra Sound Laboratories
Berkeley, California
by Robert DeSouza
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock
Length 43:30
Label Vanguard
Producer Samuel Charters
Country Joe and the Fish chronology
Electric Music for the Mind and Body
(1967)
I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die
(1967)

Electric Music for the Mind and Body is Country Joe and the Fish's debut album. Released in May 1967 on the Vanguard label, it was one of the first psychedelic albums to come out of San Francisco.

Tracks from the LP, especially "Section 43", "Grace", and "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" were played on progressive FM rock stations like KSAN and KMPX in San Francisco, often back-to-back. A version of the song "Love" was performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

"Grace" is a tribute to Jefferson Airplane's lead singer, Grace Slick.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded during the first week of February 1967 at Sierra Sound Laboratories, Berkeley, California by Robert DeSouza, with production by Samuel Charters. It was released on May 11, 1967 on the Vanguard label. Due to deterioration of the original master tapes, the album was remixed in 1982 and this remix was used for the original CD release of the album in 1990; in 2013 a new two-disc deluxe version of the album appeared which included both the original mono and stereo mixes. The liner notes to the 2013 version state that an outtake from the sessions, "Thought Dream", was later included on the band's followup "Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Bruce Eder in a retrospective review for Allmusic felt that the album is "one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era".[2]

Track listing[edit]

1. "Flying High" (Joe McDonald) – 2:38
2. "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" (McDonald) – 4:21
3. "Death Sound Blues" (McDonald) – 4:23

  • Labeled as "Death Sound" on the mono version of the album.

4. "Happiness Is a Porpoise Mouth" (McDonald) – 2:48

  • Labeled as "Porpoise Mouth" on the mono version of the album.

5. "Section 43" (McDonald) – 7:23
6. "Superbird" (McDonald) – 2:04
7. "Sad and Lonely Times" (McDonald) – 2:23
8. "Love" (McDonald, Melton, Cohen, Barthol, Gunning, Hirsh) – 2:19
9. "Bass Strings" (McDonald) – 4:58
10. "The Masked Marauder" (McDonald) – 3:10
11. "Grace" (McDonald) – 7:03

Musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Ed. "Electric Music for the Mind and Body - Country Joe & the Fish". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 November 2005. 
  2. ^ Bruce Eder. "Electric Music for the Mind and Body - Country Joe & the Fish : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

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