Richie Misses It
Richie was, what, 5 years old when this album came out. With exactly what "contemporary trends" does he imagine PP&M were out of sync? Looking back at that period, I see an explosion of creativity and diversity - a golden age of a kind. Warner Brothers was an AMAZING label under the guidance of Mo Ostin and Lenny Waronker. You'd be hard pressed to find an INDIE label today with a similar breadth and diversity - and they weren't alone. So to which 1967 is Unterberger referring? The year that saw the release of the first Fairport Convention album? The year of Nico's "Chelsea Girl"? The year of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks? To me Album 1700 is a terrific mish-mosh of styles and ideas that were in the air in 1967 and perfectly of a piece with its time. Beyond that, though, it is a terrific album - and that's really the main point. PP&M were at the top of their game and - song after song - it is a rousing good listen.