Normally, I eschew EPs, but this one had 5 basic tracks and 3 edited-down remixes, 8 tracks in total, and a listen to the first cut attracted me for the recording's rough qualities, a timbre tracing back to the 60s, not to mention the sort of thing Billy Mumy still tends to release that, despite initial qualms, nonetheless exert a certain attraction…mostly, I suppose, because one can see the full potential through these (what are actually) demos. That's most vividly shown here on LaLoma LaLoma, a catchy ditty that, properly presented, would stand a mighty good chance on the charts. Which ones? Hell if I know. There are about 1,000 nowadays, but this cut'd sit comfortably in quite a few; everything just falls together in the right way.
Yeah, the recording and mixing leave a lot to be desired everywhere in UAC, mainly in terms of a fully balanced mix, but, myself a child of the 60s, I find much in the CD that I also dug in Country Joe & the Fish and kindred discs—you now, the outfall of The Youngbloods in solo LPs, that kind of thing. And not just for certain matching musical content but also that in-your-living-room sense of things, a window onto an artistic crash pad the morning after a good pot party. Makes full sense actually, as Berry founded the Hippies & Hilbillies band in 2004 and enlists a coterie of talented cohorts in protest, novelty, and even seasonal material (Leaving Town for Christmas) here. Leave the spic 'n span mainstream expectations behind, and you'll be just fine.
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