What is the greatest baroque/psychedelic pop album?

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  1. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    They're one of the quintessential Baroque pop groups. In fact they were the first (can't think of anyone earlier). Here's their second hit song "Pretty Ballerina":

  2. It’s not really psychedelic or baroque.
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  3. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    I agree.

    That's one of the things that makes Pet Sounds cool. It sort of stood as an island unto itself at the time.:D
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  4. robertk

    robertk Forum Resident

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  5. libertycaps

    libertycaps Forum Resident

    Portland, OR, USA
    Philamore Lincoln-The North Wind Blew South (1970)
    Psychedelic confection perfection.
  6. richierichie

    richierichie Forum Resident

    'That's the strangest list of 'Baroque/Psychedelic Pop' albums I've ever seen. Apart from the Bee Gees I have everyone of those records and I wouldn't put any of them in the OP's chosen category.
  7. edised

    edised Forum Resident

    Agreed. Maybe just the fact that it was released in 1966, but you are right it's not psychedelic...
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  8. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    Again I resort to Sparks' A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing. Just about the trippiest album I've ever heard.

    Runners-up would be side 2 of Amon Düül II's Tanz der Lemminge, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and Firesign Theatre's Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers and I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus. I'm pretty sure the default answer to the question would be Sgt. Pepper's for many people, but the "aura" on that album wore out for me by the mid-'70's and never seemed to come back. I have no desire to listen to it now.
  9. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland
    Procol Harum Procol Harum
    Procol Harum Shine On Brightly

    For me nothing is more 'baroque' than A Whiter Shade Of Pale, though it was only on the US version of the debut which took its name.
  10. greenoort

    greenoort Forum Resident

    i picked pet sounds, but song cycle and oracle are close!
  11. jomo48

    jomo48 Forum Resident

    Davis CA, USA
    The Grateful Dead's Aoxomoxoa fits both categories quite neatly.
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  12. Nick Dunning

    Nick Dunning Forum Resident

    Under the definition above 'baroque/psychedelic pop' it can only be 'Odessey & Oracle'.

    Missing the Left Banke as they would obviously have been in there.

    Most of those albums are rock albums with psychedelic touches to a lesser ('Pet Sounds') or greater ('Piper') extent.
  13. angelees

    angelees Forum Resident

    It doesn’t seem like Pepper’s is very psychedelic either, is it?
  14. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    At the very least, some of it sure is, whereas Pet Sounds has no psych trademarks to my ears.
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  15. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Would think "Mr. Kite", "Lucy in the Sky" would disagree with this
  16. qm1ceveb

    qm1ceveb Forum fanatic

    Fort lauderdale
    I would say that it has many touches of psychedelia. Light psychedelia that is.

    Darker psychedelia, at its best, is Mad River, SRC's Black Sheep, Beau Brummels's "Magic hollow", Spirit's Mechanical world.
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  17. angelees

    angelees Forum Resident

    I guess a day in the life too
  18. auralden

    auralden Forum Resident

    I would think that one key feature of the baroque pop sound - in addition to the use of strings and horns in a chamber setting - would be the use of a harpsichord, that's why my vote goes to The Zombies' Odessey and Oracle. The Left Banke's Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina would be runners-up. Both these albums are also psychedelic sounding insofar as they were of their time, 1966 - 1968, the height of psychedelic pop.
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  19. qm1ceveb

    qm1ceveb Forum fanatic

    Fort lauderdale
    Baroque and psychedelic are different terms, right? E.g. I would say that Left Banke is baroque but hardly psychedelic.

    A fun thread!
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  20. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Yes indeed.
  21. fallbreaks

    fallbreaks Forum Resident

    They’re all great but c’mon it’s Pet Sounds.
  22. Toad of the Short Forest

    Toad of the Short Forest Forum Resident

    90220 Compton

    Something Else by the Kinks... very baroque pop.
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  23. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    London, UK
    The Asylum Choir?
  24. mrbobdobalina

    mrbobdobalina Forum Resident

    Fort Myers FL
    You probably should have asked what's the greatest pop-psych album....
  25. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    I do not know what Baroque Pop is but thinking maybe 'Days of Future Passed' might fit, so I voted for that album. As far as Psychedelic Albums, I selected 'Pipers' & 'Satanic Majesties'(just discord that album this year with Box Set release and really love it, as as much as I love the well known Hits By The Stones, I do not love their albums that followed as do not care for the songs that have a Country Rock Sound on them, so wish thye would have made at least one more Psychedelic Rock Album, but realize that one album was most likely a product of its time when it was created.

    I really would have selected JA's 'After Bathing at Baxters' as one my top 2 Psychedelic Rock Album though along with 'Pipers'. The 2 Beatles albums n this list are my favorite ones because of the songs on them that have a Psychedelic Rock sound, but the problem is that most of the songs are not Psychedelic Rock, although adding 'Strawberry Fields Forever' to the 50th reissue of 'Sgt. Peppers' at least made that album a little more Psychedelic Rock overall, but than it takes that song away from 'Magical Mystery Tour' which along with 'Revolver', are more Psychedelic Rock.

    If I could pick just one Psychedelic Rock song for this thread, it would be 'Section 43' by a 'Country Joe Mile'.
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