When I first heard "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" after midnight lying on my bed on a famous Little Rock, Arkansas underground AM radio station, I was hooked. I never get tired of listening to this set of very unique and original work.
The strong cuts include, "Flying High", a medium tempo tune about Joe with his guitar stuck hitch hiking on an LA freeway in the rain, feeling a little destitute. He is befriended by some Good Samaritans in a Cadillac who help him fly back home to San Francisco, by laying $20 in his hand for a plane ticket.
"Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" contains lyrics right out of an LSD trip. Hard to tell if there is a real person named Lorraine or a simply metaphoric references to visions during an acid trip.
"Death Sound Blues", a slow blues song contains my favorite psychedelic riffs by guitar master Barry "the Fish" Melton. The death sound is experienced by Joe, spun with numerous metaphoric descriptions, but the subject appears to be a dying dove that he kills.
"Section 43" the longest tune on the album, clocking in at 7:27. This instrumental incorporates multi-part suite with plenty of distorted electric guitar and hypnotic organ. It is a trip within itself.
"Superbird" is an upbeat tune, containing a humorous rant about 1967 sitting US President, Lyndon Johnson...gonna make him eat flowers, gonna make him drop acid.
"Bass Strings" Another tasty slow blues swirling within an LSD trip. Dreamy feel created by organ and heavy reverb on the guitar. Joe's is best vocals that draw you in to the sound. "I believe I'll go out to the seashore, let the waves wash my mind".
You will love this album if you are into the psychedelic 60's bands. One of the best albums of all time in my book!