Reissue of 1967 album.
I'm all about 1966 rather than 1967, but there are bound to be exceptions, Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Forever Changes, for example, and two albums that are so much a part of 1967 but came out before the Beatles issued Sgt. Pepper: Velvet Underground & Nico (March 1967), and this album (also March 1967). Of course, it doesn't match VU but it's definitely so much better than Sgt. Pepper.
There are so many "lost gems" from the psychedelic era, but most do very little for me. This one is a real gem. This band from Wisconsin only released one album, but that was enough. And it was issued on Chess! (This reissue on Sundazed, but with original sleeve design and on mono!)
Artist Biography by Richie Unterberger
"A minor psychedelic band with a mixture of interesting and generic material, the Baroques recorded one LP for Chess in 1967, when the blues/R&B/soul-oriented label was considering breaking into the rock market. Popular only on a regional level, the Milwaukee group (originally called "The Complete Unknowns," until someone probably realized how dangerously self-fulfilling it could be) was dominated by the morose compositions and low, odd vocal range of singer-lead guitarist Jay Berkenhagen who also played keyboards; the other members were Rick Bieniewski on bass, Jacques Hutchinson on guitar and vocals, and Dean Nimmer on drums. With a slight garage feel, their unusual, occasionally oddball material was built around electric (sometimes "baroque") keyboards and fuzz guitar riffs, which occasional detours into uplifting folk-rock and freak-out jamming. They lucked out in 1966 with the Berkenhagen-authored single "Mary Jane," which engendered considerable local controversy over whether it was or wasn't a drug song: it wasn't, but the dispute over the lyrics got them labeled as a psychedelic act, and boosted their live popularity. The album never sold, however, and the group disbanded in 1968. They won't appeal to many listeners besides psychedelic specialists, but they recorded some idiosyncratically worthwhile stuff."