CJ Fish

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CJ Fish
Country Joe & The Fish - C.J. Fish.jpg
Studio album by Country Joe and the Fish
Released May 1970
Recorded January 1970 at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 39:49
Label Vanguard
Producer Tom Wilson
Country Joe and the Fish chronology
Here We Are Again
(1969)Here We Are Again1969
CJ Fish
The Life and Times of Country Joe and the Fish
(1971)The Life and Times of Country Joe and the Fish1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

CJ Fish is the fifth album by the San Francisco psychedelic rock group, Country Joe and the Fish, released in May 1970 on the Vanguard label. It would be the first production with Tom Wilson and Country Joe & the Fishes's last studio album for Vanguard Records. Recording takes place at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, California.[2]

After extensive touring with a new lineup, including Big Brother and the Holding Company guitarist Peter Albin, the makeshift group returned to the recording studio.[3]Country Joe McDonald had already begun producing and recording solo albums for the label at the point of recording. As for the band, Country Joe and the Fish underwent a personnel change for this album adding drum player Greg Dewey, bassist Doug Metzner, and keyboardist Mark Kapner in place of David Cohen and Gary "Chicken" Hirsh. Primary composers Barry "The Fish" Melton and "Country Joe" McDonald remained, resulting in an album that retained the sound and style of the original lineup. The new lineup would tour extensively around the time the Woodstock film was released and the group was included in the film Zachariah as outlaws known as "The Crackers".[4]

After experimenting on the previous album Here We Are Again (1969), the band reverted to their earlier sound that originated from their first two albums for the CJ Fish album.[5] Although the album is psychedelic in nature, it is noted to be pop-orientated. Vanguards Records attempted to make the band more mainstream and this was the closest result that the group could produce as it is still very much underground. Track themes were still centered on the subjects of love and life as commonly done by the band.[5] Despite the success of their tour, respectable album charting, and movie feature, the band would disband in the following year.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Country Joe McDonald; except where indicated

Side one
  1. "Sing Sing Sing" (Barry Melton) – 3:01
  2. "She's a Bird" – 4:33
  3. "Mara" – 2:57
  4. "Hang On" – 4:08
  5. "The Baby Song" – 2:50
  6. "Hey Bobby" – 2:06
Side two
  1. "Silver and Gold" – 2:47
  2. "Rockin' Round the World" – 4:54
  3. "The Love Machine" (Melton) – 5:48
  4. "The Return of Sweet Lorraine" – 3:46
  5. "Hand of Man" – 2:50




CJ Fish peaked at number 111 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.[8]


  • CD CJ Fish Vanguard 1994
  • Cassette CJ Fish Vanguard 1994
  • CD CJ Fish Vanguard 1994
  • CD C.J. & The Fish Vanguard 1998
  • CD CJ Fish Ace 1998
  • Digi CJ Fish Vanguard


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Country Joe and the Fish - CJ Fish". rockasteria.com. 
  3. ^ "Country Joe and the Fish 1970". cryptdev.com. 
  4. ^ Ron Cabral. "Country Joe and Me". Google.com. 
  5. ^ a b Brandon Budenz. "CJ Fish Review". allmusic.com. 
  6. ^ "CJ Fish Record". ace records.com. 
  7. ^ "Country Joe McDonald Biography". countryjoe.com. 
  8. ^ "CJ Fish - Awards". allmusic.com.