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  • Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds [Epic, 1972] B

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Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds [Epic, 1972]
Almost universally dismissed as a lysergic self-indulgence, the departed Spirit's tunefully distorted guitar (and vocal) showcase will grow on you if you give it half a chance--any Joe Walsh fan who lets it get by never really liked the '60s to begin with. For sheer dense weirdness it beats King Fripp, and if I had any passion for such things I'm sure I'd love it. Like most of side one a lot as it is. And where else are you going to find covers of "Rain," "Mother and Child Reunion," and current James Brown on one album? B