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Hippie: Music from the '60s Generation

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Well, this is something of a curious take on the hippie theme. Designed to tie in with Hippie, The Book, Hippie: Music From the '60s Generation certainly evokes the '60s, but some of the track selections seem a bit far away from the Haight-Ashbury aesthetic. Sure, hippies might enjoy the thought of Arlo Guthrie "bringing in a couple of keys," but Joan Baez and John Sebastian? Their songs are pure East Coast folk, not hippie anthems. The Butterfield Blues Band did flirt with psychedelia on East-West, but "Shake Your Moneymaker" is pretty straight blues and not psychedelic in the least. Hippies like the Grateful Dead too, but American Beauty (where "Truckin'" comes from) is one of their least acid-soaked efforts, and to claim that Tim Hardin or his cover of Bobby Darin's hit "If I Were a Carpenter" is somehow part of hippie culture is almost ridiculous. The Electric Prunes and Jefferson Airplane hit the nail on the head, but it's a case of too little, too late. This isn't a bad compilation by any stretch, but a different title may have served it better.

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