For bands like Help Yourself, Brinsley Schwarz, and Mighty Baby, there was no difference between Quicksilver and CSN&Y -- or even Captain Beefheart. And this reissue of Mighty Baby's second and final full-length from 1971 is a gorgeous example of the student overriding the unseen teacher. Guitarist Martin Stone's leads on "The Happiest Man in the Carnival" and "Tasting the Life" meander beautifully around his group's loose-limbed, Dead-like jamming. But the real treat here is the nine-minute "Virgin Spring." All damp and green, the track is the ultimate sound of the English countryside meeting the gravel two-tracks of Woodstock, complete with vocalist Alan King sounding like Richard Manuel at his most heart-wrenching.
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