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Genres: Pop, Rock
This is the 1969 debut album by a relatively obscure Chicago-based group whose membership can be linked to various other Chicago-area groups who have wider name recognition, including the Rotary Connection, Lovecraft (... more »
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This is the 1969 debut album by a relatively obscure Chicago-based group whose membership can be linked to various other Chicago-area groups who have wider name recognition, including the Rotary Connection, Lovecraft (formerly H.P. Lovecraft), and New Colony Six. Buy Or Die Records. 1994.
A psychedelic masterpiece
Book Maven | Portland, OR United States | 03/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Aorta was a truly great band. One of the very best to come out of the 1960s. This, the first of two albums they recorded, is not only their masterpiece, but stands out as one of the finest rock albums ever produced. Recorded in 1968 at the height of the Flower-Power movement, Aorta was America's answer to Sgt. Peppers. The theme of "Main Vein" reoccurs throughout the album, fusing together a wide variety of beautiful pop songs that flow non-stop like a mighty river of liquid ear candy. The song "Strange" could have been a huge hit with "Ode to Missy Mxyzosptlk" a perfect follow-up. Throw in "Sprinke Road to Coark Street" and "Catalyptic" and you're in heaven. It just doesn't get any better than this! Why this band never really caught on will be one of those eternal unsolved mysteries that litter the annals of Rock n' Roll. All we can do is enjoy the beautiful gem that Aorta left us and pray for a reunion."
Chris Hays | Bloomington, Illinois | 04/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was truly one of the most magnificent recordings of the late 60s. Why it never caught fire with the listening public has always been a mystery to me. I have owned a copy since the early 70s and still take it out and play it several times a year. The creativity and imagination that went into this album, not to mention the strong songwriting and performances of the band, make this one of the best albums in all of rock history. And to add icing to the cake, they were excellent singers as well! Where do you hear voices like that nowadays? I wish I still had a copy of their 2nd album, as I recall that it was also quite creative but strikingly different from their 1st. Where are they now?"
Heavy late-60s psychedelic acid rock from Chicago
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 07/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the great psychedelic rock albums in Columbia's catalog, originally released in 1969 by an obscure Chicago quartet (though apparently recorded in Detroit!). The tremendous production merged heavy rock with horns, orchestral strings and church organ in a swirl of attention-getting stereophonic touches. Those who enjoy Arthur Brown's post-Crazy World albums with Kingdom Come will enjoy the way this album is put together. Where Brown tended to ELP-like prog-rock, Aorta had more of a Chicago-influenced soul sound beneath their heavy Fillmore-styled ballroom electric rock.
There are apparently several different import reissues circulating. The Buy or Die label reissue from Germany has garnered poor reviews for its sound quality. The Alcinous Ltd. release from Greece sounds quite good in comparison to the original vinyl. Perhaps Alcinous had a better source than Buy or Die, or simply did a better job of re-mastering for CD. The Alcinous audio is crisp throughout, with plenty of high-end to supplement the heartbeat lows, and enough dynamic range to capture everything from the flute-and-guitar interludes to the heaviest rocking passages. The packaging is nice, with reproductions of the front and back covers and a full lyric sheet inside the four-page booklet."