Originally from Portland, OR, Hunger! moved to Los Angeles in the late '60s and became a minor entry in that city's psychedelic/hard rock scene, releasing a low-selling album in late 1968 that is sought after by psychedelic collectors. Hunger! (with an exclamation point) were on the cusp of psychedelic rock's transition to hard rock, especially via some martial tempos and a heavy, sometimes shrieking organ sound. Most of the material on the album was so-so heavy psychedelic rock, albeit with sadder melodies and a more ominous overtone than most such stuff. It was best when the tracks minimized the heaviness in favor of stronger songwriting. Their best and most accessible song, "Colors," was reissued on the Pebbles compilation Highs in the Mid Sixties, Vol. 3: L.A. '67, and their album has been reissued for the collector's market.
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