I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (LP)

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It should never be understated just how much of an impact was left by The Electric Prunes' 1967 single "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)." The distinct backwards guitar and buzzing vibrato sounds which opened the track signaled a new wave of garage rock mixed with psychedelic experimentation and atmospherics. It became the band's biggest commercial success, reaching #11 on the Billboard charts, would find later prominence as the opening track on the influential Nuggets compilation of 60s garage rock, and would be covered by The Damned, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs, Stiv Bators, and many more.

"I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" alone would be enough to earn The Electric Prunes a place in music history, but the album it would later be attached to proved to be no slouch either. Though rushed to cash in on their recent chart success, the self-titled album The Electric Prunes (Later taking its title from the album's famed single) was a hit among critics, who praised the album's amalgamation of stomping, fuzzed out garage rock with sound experimentation and psychedelic weirdness, which frequently hopped from genre to genre. (Including the band's take on soft rock ballads, "Onie", and the Kinks-style Brit-folk of "The King Is In The Counting House.") The Electric Prunes would never reach that level of commercial success again, but their full-length debut remains a highly influential piece of 60s garage greatness, and is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


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