Country Joe & the Fish

Live! Fillmore West 1969

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Seventy-seven-minute disc of music recorded in January 1969, at the farewell performances of the Fish's most famous lineup, with Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane taking the place of the recently departed Bruce Barthol. The sound is good, but it's only for diehards, as the songs aren't among their best compositions, and the arrangements are way too prone to the uninteresting jamming that eventually gave San Francisco psychedelia a bad name. Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Steve Miller, and Mickey Hart all guest on the final cut, "Donovan's Reef Jam," which at 38 minutes is something of an endurance test.

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