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Arguably the apex of Los Angeles studio pop psychedelia, The Millenium’s 1968 debut, Begin, was the brainchild of Curt Boettcher, a genuinely gifted producer and arranger who was equally comfortable crafting ambitious psychedelia as he was helming beguiling soft rock hits for the likes of The Association and Tommy Roe. Boettcher’s talent was said to have aroused envy in the most iconic of all of Los Angeles’ studio auteurs, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Indeed, it’s easy to imagine Wilson listening to Begin, with its dazzling multilayered arrangements and effortlessly executed stylistic shifts, and realizing that the ante had just been upped. The record opens with “Prelude,” a truly stunning instrumental that juxtaposes delicate harpsichord work against a thunderous drumbeat, and segues seamlessly into “To Claudia on Thursday," a gorgeous chamber-pop ode with a swaying bossa backbeat and soaring vocal harmonies. Throughout, Boettcher’s arrangements are never less than meticulous; yet, remarkably, Begin never feels overworked or laborious.

Customer Reviews

Begin

Brilliant, epic, historic. Essential listening.

forgotten classic

Never, ever heard of this band. Stumbled across it while exploring a band in a similar vein. Way too good to be so unheard of. Stands outs: To Claudia on Thursday,, I Just Want to be Your Friend, The Island, It's You, Some Sunny Day, It Won't Always Be the Same and Just About the Same.

Not that good

While it is exciting to find an overlooked gem, this is not an overlooked gem. The songs are largely forgettable, even if the musicianship is accomplished. There is a reason that these songs were overlooked at the time: They are not memorable songs, especially when compared with the truly great music that was being written at the time by more talented artists.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

Influenced by psychedelia and California rock, pop/rock producer Curt Boettcher (the Association) decided to assemble a studio supergroup who would explore progressive sounds in 1968. Millennium's resultant album would find no commercial success and only half-baked artistic success, but nonetheless retains some period charm. Influenced in roughly equal measures by the Association, the Mamas and the Papas, the Smile-era Beach Boys, Nilsson, the Left Banke, and the Fifth Dimension, Boettcher and his...
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