This is vintage 60s spirit.
I gave it a high rating to begin with, but as I found myself having to listen to it more and more, I just had to give it full marks.
"I Feel Free" is a great lead-in, a great single, and it's like a little mini-showcase of this group's talent. It takes freedom and, instead of making it something that anyone would fight over or get cantankerous about, it just makes it something really good that you feel. It's a great beginning, that makes you want to start the whole thing over again. And at the other end, "I'm So Glad" is another high point, bringing you to this point where you can just be there singing about feeling happy, without anything being missing. And the long drum solo in "Toad" is a nice lead-out. And in the middle, there are lots of quirky interesting little pieces like "Spoonful" that are alot of fun.
"I Feel Free" could be the best, but the whole album is so good that it keeps you wanting to listen to the whole thing to get back to the beginning, without wanting to skip around anything.
There's just something about it, that 60s spirit, that somehow makes me feel I 'remember' something-- whatever my parents wish they could explain, so far as they understood themselves, and whatever they managed to tell me, although, even more than that, what filtered down to me even when I was very young, through the children's education and entertainment I received. I don't know, it just feels familiar.... "Bop bop bop bop bop bop, I feel free; Bop bop bop bop bop bop, I feel free.... You, You're all I want to know; I feel free; I feel free; I feel free.... ceiling is the sky; you're the sun, and as you shine on me, I feel free; I feel free; I feel free...."
And somehow, the more that I 'learn' about it, the more I see and feel that I already always knew.