Arnold Bean ‎– Cosmic Bean

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SSS International ‎– SSS-21
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Recorded at Playground Studios, Valparaiso, Florida
Mentioned at the newest releases, page 28, in Billboard 10. Juli 1971

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February 14, 2014
Here's one that almost makes it. It's got a perfectly nice folk-rock/pop feel, lovely arrangements with lots of well-placed organ and jangly 12- string guitars, and a fabulous psychedelic album cover. The vocals are a little weak, though, and rarely improved with harmonies. And while the songs are all pretty good, they lack that extra step that would take them toward greatness. A little more creativity might have helped: a wild guitar solo, unexpected tempo change, vocal histrionics, anything other than the albums's one attempt at a rave-up, the unfunny "Daddy's Got The Clap." So, while Arnold Bean show plenty of promise, this album is missing spark and intrigue. Just when you're ready to give up on it, though, the last three songs, "I've Got The Key," "Captain Marvel," and "Nature Boy," are the three best, so you put the album away thinking maybe it was pretty great. COSMIC BEAN is destined to disappoint those who get their hopes up and to be a pleasant surprise for those who don't.