Thursday, 4 August 2011

The McCoys - Psychedelic Years

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This is an impressive amalgam of the songs, bar two, from albums Infinite McCoys and Human Ball reflecting the band's move from teenage rockpop Hang On Snoopy [as good as that was in the genre] to genuinely complex and varied ventures into jazz, blues and psychedelic rock.

The album gets scant reviews and those that exist refer to a 'completists only' temptation or its 'pretensions' which belie the album's rich mix of fine playing, singing and songwriting that admittedly do not tap into immediate pop tuneage - this being the point of the 'psychedelic' transformation. Listened to as a whole I think it creates an impressive take on this band's skills and strengths as musicians.

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