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Limited reissue, with peel-able banana jacket. Although Warhol, who was listed as producer on the album, allegedly gave the Velvets free reign over their sound, it was on his insistence that Nico performed on this album. However, this does not detract from the fact that when this album was made the Red Sea parted, and the Velvet Underground crossed into the Promised Land.
Virtually ignored upon its initial release, Laughing Stock continues to grow in stature and influence by leaps and bounds. Picking up where Spirit of Eden left off, the album operates outside of the accepted sphere of rock to create music which is both delicate and intense; recorded with a large classical ensemble, it defies easy categorization, conforming to very few structural precedents.
Originally issued on Polydor Records in 1973, James Brown's sprawling 8-song, 73-minute double album The Packback is one of The Hardest Working Man In Show Business' finest and most ambitious statements of the '70s with only one track clocking in under 7-minutes and three 10-minutes and above. James is in excellent company here, a band which at this time consisted of Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, St. Clair Pinckney, Jimmy Nolen and Jabo Starks, offering up tight extended rhythm-based jams which are equally hooky and hypnotic. Along with the revenge-themed title cut classic, The Payback is home to further funk workouts like "Take Some, Leave Some," "Stone to the Bone" and "Mind Power" plus a couple of well placed soulful ballads in "Doing The Best I Can" and "Forever Suffering."
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