Reissue of 1967 album. I found an original copy of this album many years ago, glad to see someone had the sense to reissue it. I’m about 1966 rather than 1967, but there are bound to be exceptions, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 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 and this album (both from March 1967). This might not compare to them other three, but if you dig obscure psychedelic stuff, thus one will give you a buzz. There are so many "lost gems" from the psychedelic era, but most end up being lacking for me. This band from Wisconsin only released one album, but that was enough. And it was issued on Chess! (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."