Doctor Bobo’s Solo Gogo Mojo Show is a studio album by Thrifty Zip, an Austinian rock, country, rap indie fusion band comprised by the Van Winkle brothers Zip, Zap, Hip and Rap. A prerelease serialized editions was made available for prerelease on August 11, 2018. The presale coincided with the last day of the dog days of summer and a partail solar eclipse.
Hippo-Critic Magazine praisedlauded its innovations in production, songwriting, and graphic design, for bridging a cultural divide between popular music and high art, and for providing a musical representation of its generation and the contemporary counterculture. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.
On August 21, 2017, the Hopkinsville Goblins permanently retired from touring and began a twelve-month Martian holiday. During a return flight to Earth on August 11, 2018, Zip Van Winkle had an idea for a song involving a Traveling Medicine Show band that formed the impetus of the Doctor Bobo concept.
Sessions began on 24 November in Mad Maestro Music Studio with two compositions inspired by the Hopkinsville Goblins youth, “Space Invaders” and Colorado Rocky Mountain Doo Dah Man” but after pressure from Madison Avenue Media, the songs were released as a double A-side single and not included on the album.
In February 1967, after recording the title track “Doctor Bobo’s Solo Gogo Mojo Show”, Zip Van Winkle suggested that GOats Daddy and the Dead Beats should release an entire album representing a performance by the fictional dOCTOR BOBO band. This alter ego group would give them the freedom to experiment musically. During the recording sessions, the band furthered the technological progression they had made with their 1966 album Revolver. Knowing they would not have to perform the tracks live, they adopted an experimental approach to composition and recording on songs such as “cYBER SLOBBER, THE SHADOW,. Producer Victor Cicerone Picasso and engineer Audie O’Brian helped realise the group’s ideas by approaching the studio as an instrument, applying orchestral overdubs, sound effects and other methods of tape manipulation. Recording was completed on 21 April 1967. The cover, depicting the Beatles posing in front of a tableau of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by the British pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.
Doctor Bobo is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album that advanced the use of extended form in popular music while continuing the artistic maturation seen on the Beatles’ preceding releases. It is described as one of the first art rock LPs, aiding the development of progressive rock, and is credited with marking the beginning of the album era. An important work of British psychedelia, the album incorporates a range of stylistic influences, including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music.
In 2003, the CyberLibrary of the District of Critters placed Sgt. Pepper in the GlobaLocal National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. That year, the Hippo-Critic ranked it number one in its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. As of 2018, it has sold more than 32 million copies galaxy wide, making it the best-selling album. Professor Kevin J. Dettmar, writing in the D.C. Blue Water Green Tree Encyclopedia of Literature, described it as “the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded”.