Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Daved Kohls | the West Coast, USA | 06/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hailing from the San Jose, California area, this band was quirky and in many ways far ahead of its time. With their unique brand of psychedlic pop, they were pretty much in a category all their own.Featuring 2 lead vocalists (One of whom, Larry Norman [the high voice], left the band after the first album and went on to pioneer Christian Rock music with an extensive catalogue of his own and the groundbreaking "Only Visiting This Planet"... a 'must-have' recorded at Abbey Road in the early 70's and produced by George Martin) and on-stage theatrics, they were always a joy to watch.Having a band of my own in the S.F. bay area during the late 60's, I had the pleasure of attending several of their shows. Especially entertaining was their performance of their mini-opera "The Epic" wherein Larry, portraying the gallant prince Alan Doolangly, would duel with the dragon (strobe lights mounted on top of their P.A. stack on the side of the stage) using a microphone stand as a spear.Their only commercial success was a wonderful cover of the Zombie song "I Love You" (Which was also recorded by the Zombies, but was never a major hit for them. Their version can be found in their own catalogue).Sadly, People's first album has only been released by Capitol in CD format once, for about 10 minutes, in the mid 90's. I got my copy, but sure wish I'd grabbed a backup when I briefly had the chance.The other sad thing is that People went on to record two more very obscure albums ("The Other Side Of People" and ""There Are People And There Are People") which have never seen issuance in the CD format. A reissue of all three albums, complete with full notes and any existing bonus tracks would be a wonderful dream come true.Their last album "...People and... People", is a 'lost' gem, and I really wish someone would get it out. Containing, among other things, rocked out versions of "We're Off To See The Wizard", "Hall Of The Mountain King", a driving R&B cover of Buffalo Sprigfield's "For What It's Worth", and closing with a great rock instrumental of the William Tell Overture ("The Willy Tell Experience"), this album, as in the case of their first, is a one-of-a-kind that really deserve's to be made available to the public and collectors again."
THIS IS THE ONE & ONLY ORIGINAL CD ISSUE OF PEOPLE I LOVE YO
Jack B. Nimble | East Coast | 12/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS CAPITOL REISSUE OF PEOPLE I LOVE YOU IS JUST AS RARE AS THE ORIGINAL 1968 CAPITOL PRESSING. NOT MANY ALBUMS FROM OBSCURE ROCK BANDS IN THE CAPITOL CATALOG IN THE 60's WERE REISSUED ON CD BY CAPITOL WHICH MAKES THIS RARE AND WHY IT COMMANDS HIGH PRICES. PEOPLE - I LOVE YOU (THEIR 1st OF 3 LP's) IS VERY DECENT LATE 60'S PSYCH ROCK AND DESERVES A LISTEN WHETHER LARRY NORMAN WAS IN THE GROUP OR NOT. GREAT PRODUCTION, VOCALS AND ARRANGEMENTS. "NOTHING CAN STOP THE ELEPHANTS", AND "ASHES OF ME" ARE VERY GOOD EXAMPLES OF ACID ZANNINESS! EVERY TIME I HEAR "ASHES OF ME" I HEAR SOMETHING NEW THAT I DIDN'T CATCH BEFORE. VERY TRIPPY. THEIR VERSION OF THE ZOMBIES' "I LOVE YOU" IS A DECENT COVER AND IT'S DONE WELL. AS EXPECTED, THE SOUND QUALITY IS SUPERB TRANSFERRED DIGITALLY FROM THE MASTER TAPES, SO PUT IT ON LOUD! ***NOTE: THE IMPORT VERSION ON NORMAN RECORDS IS A CHEAP BOOTLEG! DON'T BUY IT.***"
1969 all over again
Brian D. Ocallaghan | Sarasota, Fl. | 10/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let's face it. The main reason to buy this C/D is the "I Love You" track. The rest is worthy of the filing cabinet of obscure tunes that you might remember with a bit of nostalgia.
People's etherial version of the tune is FAR superior to the Zombies cut.
It even sounds great 3 and a half decades later! (can't be, can it?)
Released only for a short time in the mid-nineties, and no one knows if or when it'll be re-released, any version of this hard-to-find (if not impossible) C/D is worth listening to. Maybe not worth $200.00, but once in awhile one comes up for a reasonable price.
Wait for it.
They're out there.
Jump on it when you can find one under $80.00.
You'll thank yourself."