Aquarian Age


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Of the myriad records that celebrate, reinvent, or blatantly cash in on the success of the flower-power musical Hair, this little-known effort by the obscure Texas band the Aquarian Age comes surprisingly close to capturing the true spirit and flavor of the psychedelic era. If the liner notes are to be believed, the musicians in question felt recording an interpretation of Hair would best serve their talents and gain them entry into consumer consciousness. Obviously, the plan failed, but in hindsight the album offers an intriguingly heavy, tripped-out elucidation of songs now best known in the kind of lightweight pop renditions made famous by the Fifth Dimension. Familiar tunes like "Let the Sunshine In" and "3-5-0-0" unfurl the freak flag to excellent effect, presumably recalling the aims and aesthetics of Hair in its original incarnation -- after all, if you remember it, you weren't really there.