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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Baroques - Purple Day (1967-68 us, brilliant psychedelic rock, baroque pop, expanded edition with extra tracks)


Open your eyes, your mind and enjoy the video at high volume...



If Leonard Cohen barged into an Electric Prunes recording after obliterating his mind in an all-night glue-sniffing binge it might have sounded something like this.

With song titles as preposterous as “A Musical Tribute to the Oscar Meyer Weiner Wagon,” who knows what the famed RnB label Chess Records was thinking when they decided to sign Milwaukee’s The Baroques in 1967. They did manage to stir up a little controversy with their anti-drug (so they claimed) song, “Mary Jane,” but besides that it looks like Chess was stuck with a very strange, unmarketable record. And don’t expect an onslaught of spacey sound effects and weird noises a la the early Pink Floyd, this is a less overt type of psychosis that slowly but surely embeds itself under your skin.

The Baroques had a fuzz-guitar/keyboard-damaged sound that retained much of the garage intensity of ’66 while plunging into the experimentation that marked the latter part of the decade. Sure, there are traces of the Byrds and the Zombies, but by the time the Baroques have had their way with a pop song, it’s like the deformed bastard child of those bands hobbling around on one leg.

As on “Rose Colored Glasses,” where Jay Berkenhagen’s odd, deep vocals bounce along with awkward (yet insanely catchy) riffs until settling into a gorgeous, harmony-laden chorus. “Nothing To Do But Cry” is an exceptional folk-rocker that’s dirtied up with some nice distorted jangling and raw power-chording. At times they veer into chaotic fits of noise that wouldn’t sound too out of place on a Scientists album (“Iowa, A Girl’s Name” “Musical Tribute…”).

But what really sets them apart from other similarly-minded bands is the excessively glum atmosphere which pervades most of the album. The sludge-folk of “Purple Day” and “Seasons” may come off too monotonous for some, but there is something absolutely hypnotizing lurking in the uncommonly dark textures of these songs.
by Stranger


Tracks
1. Iowa, A Girl's Name - 2:45
2. Seasons - 3:00
3. Mary Jane - 2:45
4. Rose Colored Glasses (Jay Borkenhagen, Jacques Hutchinson) - 2:40
5. Musical Tribute To the Oscar Mayer Weiner Wagon - 3:35
6. There's Nothing Left To Do But Cry - 2:55
7. Bicycle - 2:25
8. Purple Day - 2:45
9. Love In a Circle (Jacques Hutchinson) - 2:30
10.Commercials - 0:59
11.Iowa #2 - 3:33
12. Oscar Meyer #2 - 4:23
13. Baroques Theme - 3:33
14. Sunflowers - 2:23
15. At The Garden Gate - 2:31
16. Death Of An Onion - 2:06
17. Flying Machine - 2:22
18. Beckwith - 4:06
19. Hand - 3:55
20. Tangerine Sunset - 11:48
21. I Will Not Touch You - 2:34
22. Remember - 3:34
All songs composed by Jay Borkenhagen except where noted.

The Baroques
*Rick Bieniewski - Bass (1966-68)
*Jay Borkenhagen - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar (1966-68)
*Jacques Hutchinson - Guitar (1966-68)
*Dean Nimmer - Drums (1966-68)
*Wayne Will - Guitar (1966)

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9 comments:

Remy said...

Thanks Marios! The sample sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to hearing the entire album.

GaragePunk66 said...

One of the best "psychedelically speaking" things to come from Wisconsin in the sixties.

spaceboy5367 said...

Looks cool Marios, thanks!

Remy said...

For anyone interested, according to the liner notes all the tracks are from '67-'68:
Tracks 1-9 recorded 3/67 at Ter Mar Studios
Tracks 11-13 recorded 3/67 at Zeb Billings Studios, Milwaukee
Tracks 14-20 recorded in 1968
Tracks 21-22 recorded 4/68
Also, the the CD label/date which (oddly) does not appear on the disc or inserts is apparently.
Distortions Records c.1995/cat. B1005

Marios said...

Thank you Remy,
you're right the LP released 1967 and some bonus tracks were written 1968,
besides that, they disbanded October 1968.

Remy said...

Hi Marios,
When I listened to the sample I thought the style sounded more like '67 than '69 but you can never be certain, bands develop their sound in their own time.
Thanks again for sharing this great compilation!

Hotroder said...

Great album Marios,thanks for the share.

chico said...

Links are gone,it's not my day!!

Marios said...

..Purple daze...