The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Vol. 2
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band weaved a strange array of styles into its albums; some songs were surprisingly straightforward while others were as weird and "experimental" as the last part of its name suggested. Fans of fantastic stereo effects and '60s guitar tones will surely thrill at the sounds contained herein. "In the Arena" opens with a mix of spoken word and cool guitar riffs. "Suppose They Give a War and No One Comes" seems contrived for the era, but at this point in time it plays as a freaky and enjoyable novelty. "Smell of Incense" settles down for a gorgeous folk-psych-pop track. "Queen Nymphet" is mellow and harmonious enough to pass on the surface as a track by The Association, until one listens to the deliberately subversive lyrics. The album's a pleasure from end to end, as long as you're willing to immerse yourself in the weirdness of the psychedelic era. This edition of the album includes the mono single mixes and edits of "Smell of Incense" and "Unfree Child."