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Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo

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Director and star Les Claypool's mockumentary Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo is supposed to do to the jam band scene what This Is Spinal Tap did to heavy metal and A Mighty Wind did to folk, that is, satirize them. And on the soundtrack album, that's what the fictional band Electric Apricot does for the first four tracks, which push the sometimes meandering arrangements and spacy lyrics of jam band songs to their logical extreme. Then, however, 26 minutes into this 79-minute disc, things turn surprisingly serious with folk-blues standards and rock songs by the sorts of musicians nominally being made spoofed. When Grateful Dead member Bob Weir's 1972 solo recording of the Dead classic "Playing in the Band" begins, it gives the lie to the earlier jokey tunes. It's as if, mixed in with the silly songs on This Is Spinal Tap, "Stairway to Heaven" and "Smoke on the Water" were inserted, or as if "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" were found in the middle of the soundtrack to A Mighty Wind. After a few songs, one nearly forgets this is supposed to be the accompaniment to a parody movie. Electric Apricot finally makes a return appearance at the end with "Yog Sagoff," but for much of its nearly 20-minute length the track sounds more like a heavy metal or progressive rock take-off than a send-up of psychedelic rock. The soundtrack to Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo is amusing in spots, especially up front, but it also features some of the better examples of the styles it's making fun of.

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