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The Masked Marauders were an inside joke at Rolling Stone magazine that became a reality due to popular demand. In the late '60s, when it seemed as if quite a few name musicians were teaming up to form supergroups (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Blind Faith; Al Kooper's Supersessions), some Rolling Stone editors wrote a satirical review claiming that sessions involving John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan had been produced by Al Kooper and released on the Deity label, including such soon-to-be-classics as "I Can't Get No Nookie," an instrumental called "Cow Pie," and covers of "Duke of Earl," "The Book of Love," and a 10-minute jam of Donovan's "Season of the Witch." Letters to Rolling Stone demanded the product, and the editors soon grabbed Bay Area musicians to perform the songs mentioned in the review and instructed them to try to sound like the musicians mentioned. Warner Brothers agreed to release the album, and it charted. If you know someone who's unaware of the truth, it could be an enjoyable prank.

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Awesome recording of SEASON of the WITCH

As a teenager 35 years ago, I wore this album out. It contains the BEST recording ever of "Season of the Witch" Still have no idea who the musicians are, but loved it.

Just for the memory

I give it 4 stars just for the memories. Every so often i get on here and search for the obscure. What a delight to find this one here. I won a copy of this in a pool game in Miles Sargent's basement, the summer of 1975 in South Carolina. Just a petty bet for something to do. I started playing it and for some reason I could not stop. I still have this album and now I have it digitally. It is one of those no-hit wonders that is totally addictive.

Could it be?

I've had the vinyl version of this album for years, and have listened to it and played tracks on the air many times. Never could find out who the artists actually were, but if you listen closely to the track "I Can't Get No Nookie", I'd swear it's Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong doing the vocals! The Jagger imitator is a dead vocal ringer for Cheech, and the voice doing the countdown at the beginning sounds exactly like Tommy Chong. Anyone know for sure?


Formed: 1969

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

"In a world of sham, the Masked Marauders are truly the genuine article." Following the wake of the "supergroup hype" of the late '60s (Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin), a joke review ran in Rolling Stone about an album that didn't exist by a group called the Masked Marauders, supposedly consisting of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan, produced by Al Kooper. Some months later, an album by the Masked Marauders appeared, causing a good...
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