POP MUSIC TEAM "Society Is A Shit" [CD, Digi-Sleeve]
1969 - Rock from Mexico
Originally recorded in 1969 for Orfeon Records in Mexico, this unbelievably awesome set of psychedelic rock was shelved for decades, due in large part to its fantastic (though probably poorly chosen from a commercial standpoint) title Society Is a Shit. With the exception of a humorous, traditional-sounding acoustic number presenting the record in Spanish, this record is 100% pure, mind-expanding psychedelia sung mostly in English. It's got all the factors you'd expect from a psych record of the period, like the glorious fuzz guitar and organ, but this is a far more creative and strung-out record than most. For instance on the second track, the epic "Tlatelolco," which condemns the deadly repression of a protest by government forces, the group drifts from one bizarre part to the next with strange sound effects and varied instrumentation. Developments in American rock and psychedelia were clearly on the group's radar -- the influence of The Doors can be heard in particular -- yet it would be a mistake to try to compare this album to any other. This is a truly unique listen that will surprise and delight you from start to finish and it deserves a place in the collection of any fan of psychedelic music. Titles include "Presentacion," "Tlatelolco," "Oda a la Chica Fresa," "The Second Smoke," "It's True at Last," "Love Is Business," and "La Noche Final."