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The real hippie sounds

Obrador
Obrador
By Obrador

Goiter Muff Records: 1996

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This review first appeared in the July 11, 1997 issue of the North County Times.

The promotional materials for the new CD from Obrador keep harping on the 20 years the band has been together. But when you realize the entire time has been spent as a club band playing in and around Olympia, Wash., it becomes a bit more impressive.

More impressive are the tunes here on a live set. The music has a kind of jazz groove, with lots of improvisational solos. But it's laid over a kind of all-encompassing world beat kind of rhythm. End result? Real hippie music of a kind the Grateful Dead were aiming for in their pre-world beat era. The structure is loose, the playing relaxed.