2008 Sundazed reissue from the original Capitol Records stereo masters.
"Mad River was an American psychedelic rock band formed at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in April 1966. The band took its name from the nearby Mad River. By March 1967 they had relocated to Berkeley, California. There they came to the attention of cult author Richard Brautigan who launched the band into the growing hippie culture. They released an EP on the independent Wee label before signing a contract with Capitol Records in February 1968. The group's lead songwriter was Lawrence Hammond, but all of the members sang vocals. They released two albums before disbanding in July 1969".
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1. MERCIFUL MONKS (BMI 3:40) 2. HIGH ALL THE TIME (BMI 4:04) 3. AMPHETAMINE GAZELLE (BMI 2:50) 4. EASTERN LIGHT (BMI 7:55)
1. WIND CHIMES (BMI 7:20) 2. THE WAR GOES ON (BMI 12:30) 3. HUSH, JULIAN (BMI 1:10)
BY FAR THE MOST OMINOUS-SOUNDING OF THE BAY AREA’S 1960S PSYCHEDELIC BANDS, THE MUSIC OF BERKELEY’S MAD RIVER COMES ACROSS LIKE A SPIRALING, ACID-SPIKED DESCENT INTO HELL. WITH A RAW, GARAGEY STYLE MARKED BY LAWRENCE HAMMOND’S QUAVERING VOCALS AND THE INTERLOCKING EXCHANGES OF GUITARISTS DAVID ROBINSON AND RICK BOCKNER, MAD RIVER’S SOUND CONJURES A DARKER, MORE MENACING VERSION OF QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE OR EARLY COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH. NO WONDER THE QUINTET’S SELF-TITLED 1968 DEBUT HAS LONG BEEN AT THE TOP OF MANY COLLECTOR’S WANT LISTS. MAD RIVER’S TABS OF TORTURED SOUL—CUTS LIKE THE LYSERGIC OPENING RUSH OF “MERCIFUL MONKS,” THE LENGTHY, LABYRINTHINE “THE WAR GOES ON,” AND THE TRULY DEMENTED “AMPHETAMINE GAZELLE”—ADD UP TO ONE CATHARTIC RIDE, A RIDE THAT PSYCH-HEADS WILL BE TRIPPING ALL OVER THEMSELVES TO TAKE AGAIN AND AGAIN. SUNDAZED’S EXACT REPRODUCTION OF THIS LOST CLASSIC IS SOURCED DIRECTLY FROM THE ORIGINAL CAPITOL RECORDS STEREO MASTERS. - WWW.SUNDAZED.COM