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The Electric Prunes

About

The Electric Prunes are an American psychedelic rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. Much of the band's music was, as music historian Richie Unterberger described it, possessed of "an eerie and sometimes anguished ambiance." It mainly consisted of material by songwriters Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz, though the group also penned their own songs. Incorporating psychedelia and elements of embryonic electronic rock, the band's sound was marked by innovative recording techniques with fuzz-toned guitars and oscillating sound effects. In addition, guitarist Ken Williams' and singer James Lowe's concept of "free-form garage music" provided the band with a richer sonic palette and exploratory lyrical structure than many of their contemporaries.The band was signed to Reprise Records in 1966 and released their first single, "Ain't It Hard", in the latter part of the year. Their first album, The Electric Prunes, included the band's two nationally charting songs, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" and "Get Me to the World on Time". With the appearance of their second album, Underground, the band was more free to create their own material. However, the original group disbanded by 1968 when they proved unable to record the innovative and complex arrangements by David Axelrod on the albums Mass in F Minor and Release of an Oath. Both albums were released under the band's name, the rights to which were owned by their record producer David Hassinger, but were largely performed by other musicians. Several of the original band members reconvened in 1999 and began recording again. The band still performs occasionally, although the only remaining original member is lead singer James Lowe.

Discs

Then Came the Dawn: The Reprise Recordings 1966-1969

December 24, 2021

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The Complete Reprise Singles

January 1, 2012

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Too Much To Dream - Original Group Recordings: Reprise 1966-1967

January 1, 2007

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Feedback

January 1, 2006

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A 67 Christmas

October 31, 2004

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Rewired

April 25, 2003

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Stockholm 67 (Live)

December 31, 1997

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Just Good Old Rock & Roll

January 1, 1969

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Release Of An Oath

January 1, 1968

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Mass in F Minor

January 1, 1968

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Underground

January 1, 1967

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I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

January 1, 1967

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Electric Prunes

January 1, 1967

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