A diverse musical collection form these Montreal transplants who were based in New York in the late 60s under the name Funky Farm. In fact, until the album was released (on Mainstream in 1969), the band had no idea their name was being changed! Written by organist, Jonathan Caine, the album?s kitchen sink approach and Mainstream?s spotty reputation and poor distribution may have led to its ultimate demise, but the light pop psych of ?What Went Wrong? and the bluesy, acid rock with Sonny Haines? sharp guitar breaks on ?Adam?s Lament? are a few of the reasons it?s worthy of resurrection and re-examination. Screamer Ronnie Paige?s vocals are typically mean and lowdown, if not occasionally suffering from histrionic overload, with Haines? and Caine?s dueling solos the highlight of the band?s adequate excursion into the blues, ?Blue Funk.?
The band?s name is perfectly suited to further adventures into the light psych arena on ?Carnival of Love,? with echoed, double tracked vocals and swirling organ suggesting it might have made some noise if released as a single ? at least to attract the ears of Strawberry Alarm Clock and Association fans. ?Inside-Out Man? is a credible attempt at harder, acid rock, with some finger-bleeding guitar and organ solos that is marred only by Paige?s flat and completely over the top vocals. The band?s notoriety in collector circles rests on the seven minute, acid fried finale, ?People I Once Knew,? featuring Haines? screaming guitar solo leaping out of your speakers and grabbing you by the balls until the blood from your ears and his fingers mingles in a mutual appreciation society. It?s not necessarily worth the price of admission, but fans of 60?s acid rock guitar solos with groovy organ overtones will probably want to pick this up anyway. 6/10 -- Jeff Penczak (9 May, 2007)