Country Joe & The Fish – The Life and Times of Country Joe & The Fish

Vanguard put out a Country Joe and the Fish Greatest Hits album in 1969, but following the group’s final album (for a while, anyway), they put out a very nice two-disc compilation, The Life and Times of Country Joe and the Fish From Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock. This is a great little compilation, and while I can’t say it contains everything I would want to hear from the band, it does a really nice job of surveying their career. It’s also a great mix and sound quality.

Life and Times front cover
Life and Times front cover

Really, I’m pretty talked out about this band. We’ve had this record since about 1979. My kid has a copy, too, and got it for free. We were in the local record store (Deep Groove Records in Phoenixville, PA) one day, and as the owner was going through a pile of new acquisitions, my kid noticed him flip past it and said something that made it clear that the least likely thing in the world was happening — there was a 20-year-old in 2016 who recognized a Country Joe and the Fish album on sight. The owner handed it to them then and there, no charge. He wanted to see it go to a good home.

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