2 Pop Pull Hair
3 Lot of Things
4 We All Come and Go
5 To Where I Belong
6 My Sorrow
7 Crosstown Traffic
8 Pop Orbite
After listening to this 33 minutes long album, I felt as if I had been on a plane which passed through 33 minutes of sheer... heavy... turbulence... It's really, really dense and it was probably a fantastic idea to have it start in full force and then tone down easily by the end. For a 1970 album it has absolutely everything: Amon Düül, Jimi Hendrix (which, I should mention, I don't like - and this seems to be one of the few albums which takes guitar ideas directly from him that I like), Can, Captain Beefheart and Funkadelic.
Who IS Chico? Is he really the guy on the cover? That doesn't matter, as through the course of the album he is this fantastic being that under a force of psychosis seems to have the right explanation for our entire existence. Hence, he yells in syllables or in full phrases (surpassing Damo Suzuki in everything he's ever done), in a most exemplary way shown in the opener, "Explosion".
The second track, "Pop Pull Hair" is an instrumental based on some technical electronic effects. That's hardly surprising considering Jean-Pierre Massiera produced this and it's both heavier and spacier than, say, Les Maledictus Sound. Track three, "Lot Of Things", sees the return of the full band and starts as a more restrained routine than the opening track, with a great descending bass line, but explodes at the right time. "My Sorrow" is funk-based; then we have "Cross Town Traffic" which is a Hendrix cover I don't care for.
The album ends with "Pop Orbite", which has a special place in my heart. It's very groovy, features some random sounds in the beginning (another Massiera touch, obviously), sounds that will be repeating on the second half of the track, along with the instrumental part. Around 02:28 I recognized the sounds sampled in the beginning of "Pack Yr Romantic Mnd" from Stereolab's album Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements, also revealing the fact that its entire structure is lifted from "Pop Orbite". A fantastic track, a fantastic album.
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)