Monday, February 1, 2010

The Complete ESP Pearls Before Swine

Originally posted on August 15, 2008

One of the better bands of the mid-sixties in the nascent realm of folk-rock was Pearls Before Swine. They were an early and solid manifestation of bands that survived (or didn’t) through an underground following, never really breaking into the mainstream. Listening today to their two albums for ESP, re-released on a single CD as The Complete ESP Recordings, one regrets the neglect they have suffered over the years.

These disks are filled with intelligent, memorable songs, performed with sincerity and some of the spirited panache of the era. I would place both albums at the top of forgotten rock masterpieces of that period.

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