The Electric Coffee House, Psychic Circle's collection of rare folk-rock singles from the mid-'60s, was one of the most enjoyable compilations from the label to date, and Nick Saloman has graced fans with another set of obscure folk-rock tunes from the period. There aren't quite as many lost classics on The Golden Road: The Electric Coffee House, Vol. 2 as on the first album, and there's one truly remarkable dud, Jimmy Satan's "What's It All About," which is a laughably bad rip-off of "Eve of Destruction," though it's hard not to be impressed with the moxie that produced that stage name. But there's also a handful of real winners here, and this set places its focus less on acts following the template of the Byrds and instead features several songs from the twilight zone between folk-rock and the dawn of psychedelia, with a faint lysergic twinkle visible in the Rogue Show's "Make Me over Again," "Land of Make Believe" by Raintree, and the Rovin' Kind's " Right on Time." There are also a few soon-to-be stars lurking among these 20 tracks -- "Lost Sea Shanty" by Circus Maximus was written and sung by future outlaw country icon Jerry Jeff Walker, Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks is keeping time on the Tiffany System's cover of "Let's Get Together," and the excellent Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn made one of his first appearances on record with 3's a Crowd's "Bird Without Wings." "Hey Girl" is a fine, moody track from the Woolies, known among garage rock fans for their hit version of "Who Do You Love," "Clouds" by the Kynd is a superior one-shot from an obscure New Jersey band, and there's a Dylan-esque sway to the Ragamuffins' "Parade of Uncertainty" that's most effective. Add in fine liner and informative notes from Saloman and you get another winner for fans of folk-rock's back pages.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming