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The United States of America, led by respected modern classical avant garde musician Joseph Byrd, cut a wide swath through the 1968 world of rock, just then comfortably settling into its backwoods dreams of country-rock to find the debut U.S.A. album howling like an infant terrible on its front doorstep. At the center of the U.S.A.'s fiercely experimental universe were the icy-cool vocals of the beautiful Dorothy Moskowitz, keeping this tumultuous sound from spinning out-of-control in every direction. One of the most avant-garde pop records of the late 60s, the U.S.A.'s only album spans psyche-fuzz, ambient easy-pop, big band, experimental electronics and tape cut-ups - but as ever, the sum is greater than its parts. Taken as a whole, it's one of those classic 'trip' albums whose strangeness really takes you aback! NUTS (bit in a great way!!) Almost predictably, the U.S.A. disbanded before it could record a second album, but its brilliant, self-titled effort was certainly one for the ages.