Underground (The Electric Prunes album)

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Underground
Studio album by The Electric Prunes
Released August 1967
Recorded 1967
American Recording Co.
Genre Psychedelic rock, garage rock
Length 41:30
Label Reprise
Producer David Hassinger
The Electric Prunes chronology
The Electric Prunes
(1967)
Underground
(1967)
Mass in F Minor
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

Underground is the second studio album by the American garage rock band, The Electric Prunes, and was released in 1967 on Reprise Records. It would be the final album of any materialized input by band members until the 1969 "New and Improved" Electric Prunes were formed. The album was a moderate chart hit, but, without a hit-ready single, the band could not repeat their past success.[1]

Background[edit]

The album, Underground, brought changes to the band once recording began. Limited lyrical input plagued the band's creative process on their debut. Only one track, composed by Mark Tulin and James Lowe, called "Lovin'" was included on their first album. This changed with this album because Dave Hassinger, the group's producer, was not as active in the sessions resulting in nine of the 12 tracks becoming the band's own material. With so much more musical freedom, the band could mold their music into their own image. The final products were a more direct and cohesive set of songs that reflected the band's own design.[2]

The band continued in their utilization of distorted sound effects, fuzz-toned guitar instrumentals, and experimented with a Vox organ. Regarding the playing of the organ Lowe said, "they brought a prototype in, and took it back after they heard what we did with it."[3] Near the end of recording however, two band members left. Preston Ritter's departure stemmed from musical differences, and James Spagnola left due to medical issues. Their replacements were original drummer Michael Fortune and new member Mike Gannon. As a result of being brought in late, Fortune appeared on five tracks and only two included Gannon. Gannon also is featured on the previously unreleased track "Everyone Knows You're Not in Love".[4]

Underground was released in August 1967 and became a moderate success, charting at number 172 nationally. Without a hit single, the album could not reach more popularity. This lineup consisting of Tulin, Lowe, Williams, Fortune, and Gannon would tour to promote the album. They played across the United States in prestigious venues like The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, and were the only lineup, until the reformation 30 years later, to tour Europe. A live album called Stockholm '67 was recorded material from a concert on this tour that was released 30 years later.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "The Great Banana Hoax" (James Lowe, Mark Tulin) – 4:09
  2. "Children of Rain" (Goodie Williams, Ken Williams) – 2:37
  3. "Wind-Up Toys" ( Lowe, Tulin) – 2:26
  4. "Antique Doll" (Nancy Mantz, Annette Tucker) – 3:13
  5. "It's Not Fair" (Lowe, Tulin) – 2:04
  6. "I Happen to Love You" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 3:15
Side two
  1. "Dr. Do-Good" (Mantz, Tucker) – 2:26
  2. "I" (Mantz, Tucker) – 5:14
  3. "Hideaway" (Lowe, Tulin) – 2:42
  4. "Big City" (Johnny Walsh, Dan Walsh) – 2:46
  5. "Captain Glory" (Thaddeus James Lowe) – 2:14
  6. "Long Day's Flight" (Michael "Quint" Weakley, Don Yorty) – 3:12

CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Everybody Knows You're Not in Love" (Lowe, Tulin) – 3:05
  2. "You Never Had It Better" (Steve Poncher, R. Schwartz, P. Snagster) – 2:07

Covers[edit]

The track, "Wind-up Toys", was recorded as a demo by the psychedelic rock band, Opal Butterfly, in 1968. It has been included in psychedelic rock compilations including Psychedelic Schlemiels.[6]

Charts[edit]

Billboard 200 (1967) - No. 172

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Underground - Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Underground - Garage/Psych". therisingstorm.net. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ Richie Unterberger. "LINER NOTES FOR THE ELECTRIC PRUNES' UNDERGROUND". richieunterberger.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Underground Album". shadwell.tripod.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Electric Prunes". electricprunes.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lost Sounds From the Psych Scene". discogs.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015.