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The Baroques

A psychedelic music group with an assortment of interesting and common materials, the Baroques recorded 1 LP for Chess in 1967, once the blues/R&B/soul-oriented label was considering breaking in to the rock and roll market. Popular just on a local level, the Milwaukee group (originally known as “THE ENTIRE Unknowns,” until somebody probably noticed how dangerously self-fulfilling maybe it’s) was dominated from the morose compositions and low, unusual vocal selection of singer-lead guitarist Jay Berkenhagen who also performed keyboards; another members had been Rick Bieniewski on bass, Jacques Hutchinson on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Dean Nimmer on drums. With hook garage experience, their unusual, sometimes oddball materials was constructed around electrical (occasionally “baroque”) keyboards and fuzz acoustic guitar riffs, which periodic detours into uplifting folk-rock and freak-out jamming. They lucked out in 1966 using the Berkenhagen-authored solitary “Mary Jane,” which engendered substantial regional controversy over whether it had been or wasn’t a medication music: it wasn’t, however the dispute on the lyrics got them called a psychedelic work, and boosted their live recognition. The album under no circumstances sold, however, as well as the group disbanded in 1968. They don’t appeal to numerous listeners besides psychedelic professionals, but they documented some idiosyncratically useful stuff, the majority of which includes been reissued on little collector brands. “Mary Jane” was re-released in 1997 on Gear Fab’s Psychedelic Crown Jewels, Vol. 1.

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