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Black Roses

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All of the hallmarks of 1967 California psychedelia are here: fuzz guitars, airy melodies and harmonies, baroque arrangements. The two-drummer lineup was also novel, although you wouldn't especially notice it when listening to the album. This is a pleasant period piece, but the group doesn't have much of an identity, especially in comparison with the other Elektra Southern Californian acts to which they bore some similarity. They do manage to wreak serious havoc on their psychedelic freakout rearrangement of Tom Paxton's "Mr. Blue." The 1987 British reissue adds the non-LP B-side "She's Ready To Be Free."