The Common People
Of the people/by the people/for the people
Capitol 1969

Music - 3 and one half stars

The Common People - front cover

front cover

The Common People - rear cover

rear cover


There is something fascinating about this album. It took a few listens but I found myself hooked. This band can write memorable songs. Side one is dark and menacing, and the whole effect stays with me long after I’ve stopped listening to the album. David Axelrod had a hand in the production which probably helped convey the hypnotic mood.

Side two turns in a completely different direction starting with a strangely humorous tune entitled “they didn’t even go to the funeral”. Things get a little bizarre from here but the music stays well crafted. This is the only album by the Common People and it’s very sixties. I found it a strange albeit fun listen

- Allan J Moore

Note: This album is still around and can be purchased from The reissue adds 4 songs.
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