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With its Rolling Stones-y vocal, oscillating guitar intro, and raga influence, the powerhouse title tune (penned by the outside songwriting duo Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz) will forever keep this band and their debut album secured in '60s rock ’n’ roll history. The Electric Prunes weren’t oddballs like The Seeds, nor were they as creative as, say, Love, but this recording has a Southern California psych magic that is, at times, ethereal if not eerie, and it’s pop as all get out. For example, “Bangles” features an airy roundelay of dirty guitar runs, tempo changes, Motown-style beats, and an overtly baroque chorus, and the psyched-out surf and Eastern modes of “Sold to the Highest Bidder” is so relentless it becomes a sonic kaleidoscope. There’s also heavy orchestral pop (“Onie,” “The King Is in the Counting House”), let’s-break-curfew garage punk (“Get Me to the World on Time,” “Try Me on for Size”), dark pop with a jazzy twist (“Train for Tomorrow”), Brit Invasion lite (“About a Quarter to Nine”), and a finale that’s all cotton candy (“The Toonerville Trolley”).

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I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

This is a awsome Cd! I love the 1st song. It is the best song on the whole Cd. Anyone who likes 60's music must have the first song!

my first album

I bought this album at Arlans dept. store with all the money I saved up from my paper route. The first track on this album was #1 on AM radio at the time, and the 45's were sold out, so I made the investment in my first 33 1/3 record. Upon listening to the album after eons, I now know that the Prunes were a cleaned-up Doors offering. I'd say buy this album for the 1-hit wonder value.

pretty good

a good old psychedelic band.... of course the first track is their best and most known, but Sold to the Highest Bidder is a must if you're into surf or old rock groups that experimented with world sounds, it's a great song. Get Me to the World on Time is good too, but I'd recommend buying the Nuggets collections for the best of all these types of groups then picking out the few other songs from iTunes that sound good.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Though they got considerable input from talented L.A. songwriters and producers, with their two big hits penned by outside sources, the Electric Prunes did by and large play the music on their records, their first lineup writing some respectable material of their own. On their initial group of recordings, they produced a few great psychedelic garage songs, especially the scintillating "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night," which mixed distorted guitars and pop hooks with inventive, oscillating reverb....
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I Had Too Much to Dream, The Electric Prunes
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Psychedelic
  • Released: Apr 1967

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