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Originally released on Columbia in 1968, The United States of America is one of the legendary, pure psychedelic, space rock records. Some of the harder rocking tunes have a fun-house recklessness that recalls aspects of early Pink Floyd and the Velvet Underground at their freakiest. The sedate, exquisitely orchestrated ballads, especially "Cloud Song" and the wonderfully titled "Love Song For The Dead Che," are among the best relics of dreamy psychedelia. Occasionally things get too excessive and self-conscious, and the attempts at comedy are a bit flat, but otherwise this is a near classic. The 1992 CD reissue adds two previously unreleased outtakes.


Formed: 1967 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

Despite releasing only one LP, the United States of America was among the most revolutionary bands of the late '60s -- grounded equally in psychedelia and the avant-garde, their music eschewed guitars in favor of strings, keyboards, and haunting electronics, predating the ambient pop of the modern era by several decades. The United States of America was led by composer and keyboardist Joseph Byrd, a Kentucky native raised in Tucson, AZ; there he appeared with a series of rock and country bands while...
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