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Mad River

Jersey Sloo

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April 11, 2012

This is psychedelic scholarship at its finest: a lavishly illustrated booklet and vinyl album devoted to these acid-rock pioneers. Born in Ohio, Mad River emigrated to San Francisco's ballrooms in early 1967 and cut legendary wax, including the 1968 freakout Mad River. David Biasotti's account of the band's highs and trials (a disastrous mastering of that album, a crushing review in this magazine) is a lesson in busted hippie dreams, while the music here – the furious outtake "Jersey Sloo" and four '67 demos, among them the group's signature trip, "Windchimes" – proves Mad River had nirvana in their grasp.

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