• NEWLY REMASTERED EXPANDED EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC 1968 PSYCHEDELIC MASTERPIECE
• NEWLY REMASTERED
• FEATURING TEN BONUS TRACKS
• BOOKLET WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK & ESSAY
• REVIEWS IN "UNCUT”, "MOJO”, "RECORD COLLECTOR” & "CLASSIC ROCK PROG” MAGAZINES
• COVERAGE ON RELEVANT WEBSITES & FANZINES
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS are pleased to announce the release of a newly remastered and expanded edition of the classic 1968 psychedelic rock album by THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Perhaps one of the finest and most original of bands to emerge in the USA during the Psychedelic era, the United States of America was formed in 1967 by the avant-garde musician Joseph Byrd (an associate of Yoko Ono who had studied with composer John Cage). After studying at UCLA in California, Byrd decided to form a band that would combine performance art, radical politics and experimental rock music. Recruiting former partner Dorothy Moskowitz (Vocals), Gordon Marron (Violin, Ring Modulator, Vocals), Rand Forbes (Bass) and Craig Woodson (Electric Drums), the band signed to Columbia records and recorded their self-titled album in December 1967. The sessions produced some of the most extraordinary music of the time, with pieces such as "The American Metaphysical Circus” combining tape looped effects, electronic sounds and rock to create a stunning opening to a fine album. Such a radical approach led to the album being hailed by critics upon release but receiving a poor commercial reception. Internal friction soon took hold and the United States of America had disbanded by the end of 1968.
This Esoteric Recordings edition is newly remastered and includes ten bonus tracks recorded during the sessions for the band’s sole album and in May and July 1968. The reissue also features an illustrated booklet with new essay.
This product is released June 30 2014 and will not be dispatched before this date.
1. THE AMERICAN METAPHYSICAL CIRCUS
2. HARD COMING LOVE
3. CLOUD SONG
4. THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
5. I WON’T LEAVE MY WOODEN WIFE FOR YOU, SUGAR
6. WHERE IS YESTERDAY
7. COMING DOWN
8. LOVE SONG FOR THE DEAD CHE
9. STRANDED IN TIME
10. THE AMERICAN WAY OF LOVE
TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM
"THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”
11. OSAMU’S BIRTHDAY
12. NO LOVE TO GIVE
13. I WON’T LEAVE MY WOODEN WIFE FOR YOU, SUGAR (FIRST VERSION)
14. YOU CAN NEVER COME DOWN
15. PERRY PIER
16. TAILOR MAN
17. DO YOU FOLLOW ME
18. THE AMERICAN METAPHYSICAL CIRCUS (ALTERNATE VERSION)
19. MOUSE (THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS)
20. HERESY (COMING DOWN)
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Track listing as above.
Once Upon A Time
Released 18/08/08. Paris 1919. Playwright, novelist, poet, surrealist, filmmaker and self-publicist Jean Cocteau was the literary spokesman for Les Six. With his endorsement, and the inspiration of Erik Satie and fired by the principles of Dada and surrealism, the group, comprising Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, Germaine Tailleferre and Louis Durey, expressed their irreverence towards the twin spectres of lifeless tradition and bloodless modernism.
They embraced the previously forbidden worlds of popular song, 'primitive' music and jazz and in so doing, helped purge the classical music establishment of its deeply ingrained snobbery and pave the way for generations of iconoclasts - in classical, jazz and rock music - still to come. Our edition comprises famous examples of the work of this group of composers who so scandalised twenties Paris Pacific 231, Les Biches, Le Boeuf sur le Toit and La Creation du Monde along with themes from Georges Auric’s scores for Cocteau’s the very influential surrealistic film fantasies; Orphée (Orpheus), La belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) and L'aigle à deux têtes (The Eagle has Two Heads)
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