I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time

The Third Bardo

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I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time Review

by Richie Unterberger

In addition to both sides of their "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time"/"Rainbow Life" single, this six-song, 10" EP adds four outtakes from the same session, including an alternate version of "Rainbow Life." It turns out, though, that "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time" was their best song by some distance. The rest of the material was similar to, but not nearly as impressive as that track, with a similar mixture of Eastern-influenced guitar/organ melodies in a sub-Doors vein and self-conscious psychedelic weirdness. Though a good souvenir for garage diehards, almost anyone will be satisfied just to have "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time" on Nuggets and leave it at that. Only one of the songs (Jeff Monn's "I Can Understand Your Problem"), by the way, is a group original.

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