October Country’s self-titled album — long out-of-print — is today revered and highly prized by collectors who have managed to find a copy. It certainly deserves to be reissued on CD. Other soft rock and sunshine pop/soft rock obscurities — including those by the Millennium, Sagittarius, and Eternity’s Children, to name just a few — are just now becoming available again on CD, so why not October Country? This 1968 album is one of the better examples of songwriter/producer/musician Michael Lloyd’s overall influence and impact on the West Coast-based genre.
Lloyd — who was certainly influenced by important albums like the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, and various psych-pop sounds of the Brit-pop invasion, even harmony vocal groups like the Bee Gees — always seemed to find interesting ways to incorporate various sophisticated instrumentation (organ, horns, harpsichord, and string arrangements) into his productions. During this particular group’s first recording sessions, Lloyd began transforming this We Five-ish folk-rock group into a formidable group (he also played the various instruments himself — because the group wasn’t that proficient on their own). There are numerous highlights here, including the title track (later recorded by the Smoke, the U.S. band who was another Lloyd “Sidewalk” production), “Cowboys and Indians,” and “My Girlfriend Is a Witch.”
-Bryan Thomas, allmusic.com
October Country-OCTOBER COUNTRY (1968)