The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading

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The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading
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Studio album by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
Released March 1967
Recorded December 1966 – January 1967
Studio Columbia Records Studios
(Studio A), Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, California
Length 34:00
Label Columbia
Producer Gary Usher
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy chronology
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading
The Great Conspiracy
(1967)The Great Conspiracy1967
Singles from The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading
  1. "It's a Happening Thing"
    Released: January 16, 1967
  2. "Dark on You Now"
    Released: March 20, 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
prerelease advertisement for the album

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading is the debut studio album by the Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. It was released in March 1967 under the Columbia label.[2]

Backed by producer Gary Usher, the band recorded one of the first instances of symphonic rock. The album utilizes vocal harmonies, and takes influence from the psychedelic rock bands of the era. The band's style drew comparisons to The Mamas and the Papas, but the band also developed their own sound through intricate melodies and progressions that were both dark and optimistic. For recording, James Burton and Glen Campbell guested, by providing backing guitar to bolster the group's sound. Later, band members reflected on the experience, and disregard their first album for the lack of studio session control they had.[3][4]

Included on the album is the band's only charting single, "It's a Happening Thing", which became a favorite regionally when it charted in the KHJ Boss 30 in March 1967 and topped at number 93 on the national Billboard Hot 100.[5] The track "Dark On You Now" was originally recorded when the band was still called The Ashes in 1966 on Vault Records. This earlier version had a slower tempo compared to the latter version. Overall, the album became something of a local interest in Los Angeles and managed to chart at number 196 on the Billboard 200.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."It's a Happening Thing"Alan Brackett2:26
2."Then Came Love"John Merrill3:44
3."Twice Is Life"Merrill2:50
4."Second Hand Man"Daniel Walter Dalton3:26
5."You Can't Be Found"Brackett2:47
6."Why Did I Get So High"Brackett2:10
Side Two
1."Dark on You Now"Merrill2:21
2."The Market Place"Lance Fent4:04
3."You Should Know"Merrill2:12
4."The Most Up Till Now"Brackett2:36
5."You Took Too Much"Merrill2:09


Peanut Butter Conspiracy[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]




Chart (1967) Peak
US Billboard 200 196[7]


Year Single US Billboard Hot 100
1967 "It's a Happening Thing" 93[5]


  1. ^ Joe Viglione. "The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading – Review". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  2. ^ The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading/The Great Conspiracy (Media notes). 1999.
  3. ^ Joynson, Vernon. Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers: A Comprehensive Guide to American Garage, Psychedelic, and Hippie Rock.
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "The Peanut Butter Conspiracy – Biography". Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100 - The Peanut Butter Conspiracy". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Vigilone, Joe. "The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading – Review". Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Billboard 200 – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy". Retrieved April 8, 2018.