The United States of America [Sundazed Bonus Tracks]

The United States of America [Sundazed Bonus Tracks]

by The United States of America

CD(Bonus Tracks / Reissue)

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In its original form, the United States of America's self-titled (and sole album) was one of the most exciting and experimental psychedelic albums of the late '60s, blending searingly imaginative electronics with equally unusual songs that were both piercing and dreamy. Although a Sony Music Special Products CD with two added previously unreleased outtakes was briefly available in the early '90s, Sundazed's reissue is the definitive one for those who want even more than the original album offered. While the two somewhat half-baked outtakes from the previous CD reissue ("Osamu's Birthday" and "No Love to Give") are here, this disc adds a further eight tracks that were never released before, including yet more outtakes and some substantially different alternate versions of songs that did make it onto the final album. While none of the alternates are as good as the versions that ended up being used, it's fascinating to hear the cuts in cruder but equally trippy arrangements, particularly the three from their September 1, 1967, Columbia Records audition session (for which original organist Mike Agnello and original bassist Stu Brotman were still in the lineup). Less exciting, but also intriguing to behold, are three tracks done in July 1968 by a later version of the band, in which singer Dorothy Moskowitz was the only remaining member from the group who played on the album. Those three tracks are far more folk-rock-oriented than anyone would have suspected, two of them penned by Moskowitz and the third by Kenny Edwards of the Stone Poneys. Add detailed commentaries in the liner notes by Joseph Byrd and Moskowitz, and you have an expansion well worth picking up, even for those who've owned the original album for quite a while.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2004
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771112422
catalogNumber: 11124
Rank: 38542

Album Credits

Performance Credits

United States of America   Primary Artist
Joseph Byrd   Organ,Piano,Calliope,Harpsichord,Vocals,electronics,Electric Harpsichord
Edward Bogas   Organ,Piano,Calliope
Stuart Brotman   Bass
Gordon Marron Strings   Vocals,Electric Violin,Ring Modulator
Dorothy Moskowitz   Vocals,Interviewee
Dennis Wood   Drums
Craig Woodson   Percussion,Electric Drums,Electronic Drums
Rand Forbes   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Richard Grayson   Keyboards
Mike Agnello   Organ
Jeff Marinell   Guitar

Technical Credits

Joseph Byrd   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Edward Bogas   Composer
Arthur Kendy   Original Mix
Glen Kolotkin   Original Mix
Gordon Marron Strings   Composer
Dorothy Moskowitz   Composer
David Rubinson   Producer,Audio Production
Craig Woodson   Composer
Jud Cost   Interviewer
Tom Nolan   Inspiration
Jess Klein   Composer
Rand Forbes   Composer
Sgt. William Kerby   Cover Photo
Gary Margolis   Cover Photo

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