by The MillenniumThe Millennium

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The Millennium's Begin is a bona fide lost classic. The brainchild of producers Curt Boettcher and Gary Usher, the group was formed out of the remnants of their previous studio project, Sagittarius -- which had been preceded by yet another aggregation, the Ballroom. On Begin, hard rock, breezy ballads, and psychedelia all merge into an absolutely air-tight concept album, easily on the level of other, more widely popular albums from the era such as The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which share not only Usher's production skills, but similarities in concept and construction. The songwriting -- mostly by Curt Boettcher, Michael Fennelly, and Joey Stec -- is sterling and innovative, never straying into the type of psychedelic overindulgence which marred so many records from this era. For example, "It's You," by Fennelly and Stec, is as powerful and fully realized as the era ever produced, easily on par with songs by the Beach Boys and the Byrds -- and, yes, even the Beatles. At the time the most expensive album Columbia ever produced (and it sounds like it), Begin is an absolute necessity for any fan of late-'60s psychedelia and a wonderful rediscovery; it sounds as vital today as it did the day it was released.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2008
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771523013
catalogNumber: 5230

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Millennium   Primary Artist
Doug Dillard   Guitar
Curt Boettcher   Leader,Recorder,Vocals
Michael Fennelly   Guitar,Vocals
Red Rhodes   Steel Guitar
Ron Edgar   Drums,Vocals
Lee Mallory   Vocals
Keith Olsen   Recorder
Doug Rhodes   Horn,Keyboards,Vocals
Sandy Salisbury   Guitar,Vocals
Patrick Shanahan   Drums
Joey Stec   Guitar

Technical Credits

Curt Boettcher   Producer,Audio Production
Erik Lindgren   Photo Courtesy
Jerry Hochman   Engineer
Lee Mallory   Photo Courtesy
Keith Olsen   Producer
Jim Ryan   Contributor
Joey Stec   Photo Courtesy
Gary Usher   Executive Producer
Jud Cost   Liner Notes,Annotation
Doug Wygal   Reissue Producer
Steve Besch   Photo Courtesy
Clark Besch   Photo Courtesy

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