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5 stars This is a masterpiece of rock. Amazing thing happened on this album. These overlook pioneers tried to mash up the psychedelia with electronic music in the '68 with truly unique results. I was stunned hearing their debut for the first time and knowing the date it was recorded. They pre-date everything! Fast forward to 2016 and the only survivor of the original duo (Simeon Coxe, the vocalist and synthesist) made it again. His vision remained unique almost 50 years after the debut. And somehow remained relevant in the age of enormous electronic heritage, as it was in the times before synthesizers. I don't know what's harder: to invent something before anybody does or to stay original among thousands of others doing similliar thing, but Simeon did it both staying true to himself and his music. I had the privilage to see Simeon live not so long before his departure and it was mesmerizing experience seeing this 79 years old man singlehandedly (with some strange oscillators of his own contraption) leading the crowd of youngsters into frenzy dance to his psychedelic quirky songs and strange noises. I'll forever cherish the vinyl copy of their first album signed by Simeon right before the show. But without getting to sentimental - it's a rare thing to record music so good, that it rivals the best acheivments, so late in ones career. And this album is exactly this, beside being criminaly overlooked gem of rock, electronic and psychedelic music.
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