Initially released in 1969, Cosmic Michael proposes a compatible marriage of electric blues and acid-fried hippie rock.
A carefree attitude, spiced with a sense of humor, is visible throughout the songs. Because the album is so loose, spontaneous and intimate, you feel as if you are right there in the studio, observing every single inch of the recording process.
A raw-boned, hippy garage rock stance sits at the forefront on tracks such as “Now That You’ve Found It” and the brash fuzz guitar riffing of “Theme.” An ode to a gig, “People’s Fair” cleverly rhymes Buffy Sainte-Marie with Chuck Berry, while a gutsy female singer struts her stuff on “Mother Earth” and “Heavy Boogie” sounds like a goofy imitation of Canned Heat.
“One of the least ‘cosmic’-sounding cosmic LPs around, with a loose urban soundcheck vibe using equal parts Vox organ, piano, and crude guitar, on top of which Michael semi-improvs lyrics to a steady basement boogie beat. An unusual LP that falls between any genres you can think up. The top attraction is Cosmic Michael’s Theme which describes in third person the acid-indulged transformation he’s undergone: ‘…some kind of chemical change is going on in poor Michael’s brain…’ set to a rockin’ garage fuzz beat.” - Patrick Lundborg (Acid Archives)
A1 Now That You Found It
A2 Salty Jam
A4 Too Much
B1 River City
B2 People's Fair
B3 Mother Earth
B4 The Heavy Boogie