Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus with Jerry Jeff Walker

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Circus Maximus sounds something like an East Coast version of Country Joe & the Fish here, with its jumble of folky electric guitars, Farfisa organs, and eclectic lyrics; what's more, it was produced by Samuel Charters, who had already produced the Fish. The songwriting and execution aren't up to the Fish's level, though, and much of this psychedelic folk-rock sounds quite dated. The big exception, of course, is the eight-minute "Wind," one of the early underground FM radio standards, with its jazzy riffs and lingering melody. Bob Bruno, not Jerry Jeff Walker, wrote most of the material, but Walker manages a fair early composition with the folk-rock-ish "Fading Lady." Some of the other songs (such as "You Know I've Got the Rest of My Life to Go" and Walker's "Oops I Can Dance") are awkward derivations of the Byrds' jangly folk-rock.

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