THE BAROQUES - 'The Baroques' (LP 660) originally issued on Chess Records 1967
I've been enjoying this album by The Baroques who were a hot new psychedelic group from Milwaukee and signed to Chess Records in 1967. I bought this album back in the late 80s from Crash Landing Records, it's not an original but probably a bootleg. There's a sticker on both sides of the label claiming a 'limited edition collectors item.'
What is strange is that the front cover has mono printed bottom left of the sleeve, however, the record itself is a stereo pressing. Looks like whoever put this out were playing some games. The music sounds excelent though so I can't grumble at all. The picture of The Baroques on the cover is pure acid with the eerie doll's head a genius addition to the line-up.
The more I listen to this album the better it becomes, it's a real grower with some very strong original material mostly written by guitarist and lead singer Jay Borkenhagen. My pick from this disc is the folk-psych winner 'There's Nothing Left To Do But Cry' which I reckon would have made a stunning single backed with the impressive raga drone of 'Purple Day'....
This is what Jay Borkenhagen said on the back sleeve liners...
"Our songs are our own idea of not what is happening, but what we think should be happening."
Dean Nimmer (drums)
Rick Bieniewski (bass)
Jay Borkenhagen (guitar / vocals)
Jacques Hutchinson (guitar / vocals)