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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The United States Of America

 

Proto-Prog

4.19 | 43 ratings

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Prog_Traveller
4 stars This is a very unique and strange album. It's a bit of an oddball to be honest, but it's very well played and inspired and has it's own kind of charm even if it sounds like it was made on another planet but hey this was the late sixties so I guess given that anything goes mentality back then it probably wasn't all that out of place. This is one of those albums that probably gets labeled psychedelic (which it is) but there's something more going on musically which makes me consider it a forerunner to all things prog. The diverse instrumentation includes drums (including very early drum machines), fretless bass, electronics (early primitive synthesizers), violin and female vocals (which give the whole affair a bit of an Airplane vibe at times). The album is notable for being pretty rocking at moments but without electric guitars (in fact I don't believe there is any guitar on here except for bass). One might be fooled into thinking there is guitar on the second track "hard coming love" on first listen but it's actually an electric violin you hear. There is also a spacey (pre-Hawkwind) vibe going on on some of the tracks and at least one track on here predates new age music by about 15 years. The unique instrumentation and varied sounds make this a very eclectic album.

Given the year this came out (1968) I can say without any hesitation that this is one of those not too common albums from any time period which could be considered progressive in the literal sense. It's definitely an album which pushed the envelope further which ultimately led to prog (at least the kind that most associate with the term since it's pretty obvious upon listening to this that this is progressive music). This is an experimental album that combines elements of psychedelic and early prog(proto prog). This is one pretty wild ride.

Prog_Traveller | 4/5 |

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