Begin is the First and Only Album by the American Sunshine Pop/Psychedelic Band The Millennium.
Curt Boettcher, one of the most influential characters in the beginning of the Psychedelic movement, influencing Brian Wilson before he recorded Pet Sounds, and participating in recordings and in such Bands as The Association or Sagittarius. Curt at the time was jumping from Band to Band, but they all kept disbanding after releasing their first Single, even though one of them managed to have a Top 20 hit. He finally decided to go once again into studio with a group of musicians and record an Album exploring the new sonorities of the Late 60's. He recruited most of them from his last gig, playing with the now non-existent Sagittarius. The cost of Begin was at the time the costliest Album ever produced by Columbia Records, and even though it didn't sell very well when it was released it became quite famous and it has been re-edited many times now, with many compilation Albums containing their Singles being also released. It is definitively one of the best Sunshine Pop Albums ever and it is truly a shame they only released one Album.
Best Tracks - "Prelude", "I Just Want To Be Your Friend", "The Island", "It's You", "The Know It All" and "Karmic Dream Sequence #1". The Album Cover is simple and beautiful, a black-and-white painting with basic draws of a tree, two birds and a small village in the distance.
- Curt Boettcher – Vocals, Guitar.
- Ron Edgar – Drums, Vocals.
- Michael Fennelly – Guitar, Vocals.
- Lee Mallory – Vocals.
- Doug Rhodes – Horn, Keyboards, Vocals.
- Sandy Salisbury – Guitar, Vocals.
- Patrick Shanahan – Drums.
- Joey Stec – Guitar.
- Red Rhodes - Pedal Steel Guitar.
- Doug Dillard – Banjo.
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