THE VIRGINEERS The Virgineers (1999)

The Virgineers (1999)
Pure Pop For Then People

The Virgineers is an incredible, candy-coated, 60s pop simulator, that’s easily on par with prized releases from the likes of The Dukes of Stratosphear and/or The Fraternal Order Of The All. The band’s only full length release is an indelible, spot-the-influence pop album that is just plain fun for children of psychedelia, in general, and Beatles fans, in particular. Note the heavenly “Blue Jay Way” dirge of “Sun,” followed by the trippy “Floating,” a faithful homage to one of the all time great psychedelic creations, The Monkees‘ “The Porpoise Song.” I live for this stuff. You can hear the entire album via Bandcamp below. The band charges $10 for this out of print gem (now trading at collectors’ prices), but it’s a worthy investment. There’s a blog posting a 128 version of this, but frankly, it just doesn’t do justice to the album’s nuanced sonics (and, this is coming from a guy who really can’t tell the difference anymore). Either way, you can listen below (and you should), then make your informed consumer choices from there.

Also, these digital singles from 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2010, respectively.

10 Comments

  • 1
    Ken K.
    April 30, 2010 - 03:55 | Permalink

    Sold, Willard. Ten bucks for a big chunk of psychedelic bliss.

    Thanks for the tip-off. Excellent as usual.

  • 2
    Bruce
    April 30, 2010 - 04:17 | Permalink

    Thanks a ton for all you do Capt. Willard!
    Love your web site, one of the very best there is
    …. and thanks for the hot tip on the Virgineers.

  • 3
    Art Ducko
    April 30, 2010 - 06:33 | Permalink

    I am intrigued. I'd be even more intrigued if I had some magic mushrooms to go with this.

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    April 30, 2010 - 06:38 | Permalink

    If you find a link for that, let us know.

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    April 30, 2010 - 04:11 | Permalink

    Cool. Makes me feel like I'm providing a public service. They've got a few other, more recent, singles available via Bandcamp, too.

  • 6
    Eddie Riff
    May 1, 2010 - 03:04 | Permalink

    Outstanding! Downloaded the FLAC files and it sounds incredible. Thanks for sharing the info. Well worth the $10.00.

  • 7
    ElementaryPenguin
    May 2, 2010 - 00:51 | Permalink

    Bandcamp is amazing. The Beatles Complete on Ukulele recently switched, and I was very intrigued. I may even have to sign up and post some of my own music.

  • 8
    Capt. Willard
    May 2, 2010 - 02:38 | Permalink

    Yeah, Bandcamp is the coolest. Great fidelity. Found a bunch of cool stuff there. I had already left a message with the Beats On Uke guys thanking them for the switch.

  • 9
    sitarswami
    December 20, 2010 - 18:44 | Permalink

    I love this album. Does anyone have the two Virgineers' Christmas songs (We are Santa's Helpers and Christmas in my Mind) that they could share? They are not available on the Virgineers website. Thanks.

  • 10
    November 7, 2014 - 10:36 | Permalink

    These guys have…split-resurfaced other-named-inactive of late? hard to swallow or believe!
    my favest-heard cut is https://thevirgineers.bandcamp.com/track/floating
    [appearing on same MAGNET sampler as i happened to be on]

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