01. Astrologically Incompatible
02. Double Yellow Line
03. The Day Today
04. Absolutely Positively
05. Somethin Hurt'in On Me
06. The Trap
07. Soul Love
08. Bottom of the Soul
09. Talk Me Down
10. The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly
11. I've Loved You
12. Affirmative No
14. Me, Myself, and I
PRODUCED BY>> Warner Bros.
- Sean Bonniwell: Guitar, Primary Artist, Vocals
- Ron Eager Drums: Guitar
- Mark Landon: Guitar
- The Music Machine: Primary Artist
- Keith Olsen: Bass, Vocals
- Doug Rhodes: Keyboards, Vocals
"Even if you promise me my poet will not die...I fear the poet's soul in me has told a poet's lie..."
- Sean Bonniwell
REVIEW>> by Richie Unterberger
The Music Machine were renamed the Bonniwell Music Machine when they went to Warner Bros., as the original lineup disbanded at some point, leaving only chief singer and songwriter Sean Bonniwell. Much of the material on Warner, however, was recorded by the original group, and this album was pasted together from some singles (some of which had appeared on Original Sound in 1967) and other tracks, both by the original incarnation and a second outfit that was pretty much a Sean Bonniwell solo vehicle. Accordingly, the tone of the album is pretty uneven, but much of the material is excellent. In fact, some of the songs rate among their best; a few are also found on the Rhino anthology, but other first-rate tunes ("Bottom of the Soul," "Talk Me Down," "The Trap") are not.
Some of the cuts (presumably those recorded after the first lineup broke up) find Bonniwell branching out from psych-punk into a poppier and more eclectic direction, sometimes with very good results, sometimes not. Long out of print and difficult to find, the entire album is included on the Sundazed CD reissue Beyond the Garage, meaning that it's no longer necessary to search for an original copy.
REVIEW>> by Billboard Album Review, February 10, 1968
The importance of electronics to today’s sound is best demonstrated in this 14-cut album with the renamed Bonniwell Music Machine, now acknowledging Sean Bonniwell, who wrote all the material. This LP features the singles “Me, Myself, And I," "Astrologically Incompatible," "Bottom Of The Soul," "Double Yellow Line" and "The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly." "Soul Love" is also topnotch.
REVIEW>> by Billboard Special Merit Spotlight, December 2, 1967