• human zoo The Human Zoo (CD, £4.95)

    label: Cicadelic Records

    For the first time since its original release in 1970, comes this exact reissue of The Human Zoo album, taken from the original master tapes, with all album artwork faithfully replicated! As was the case with labelmates The Human Expression, The Human Zoo were from the Los Angeles suburb of Westminster and were also signed to Accent Records. (In fact, the connection between the two bands is greater still, as the Human Zoo were managed by Jim Foster of The Human Expression). The Human Zoo were originally called The Circus; they changed their name to the hipper sounding Human Zoo in 1969. Their album from the following year was pressed in limited numbers and has become a mega-rare collectors item, selling in the $900 range on eBay. Why? Difficult to explain. The Human Zoo album is a quirky and unexpected blend of psychedelic, garage and funky music. It has been savaged over the years by people expecting the Human Expression. But years have passed and the musical diversity, once the cause of most people's griping, is the record's greatest asset in this age of one song downloadable wonderment. The band had chops, and could put together a damn good song.

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