Pitchfork (Website) - "There's something intriguing about the noises the Shaggs create and the way they become catchy; chaos is negated in the same way that after enough contemplation the violent splatters of a Jackson Pollock painting become calming."
PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD is reissued here for the first time in its original packaging.
The Shaggs: Dorothy Wiggin, Betty Wiggin (vocals, guitar); Helen Wiggin (drums).
Additional personnel: Rachel Wiggin (bass).
Producer: Austin Wiggin, Jr.
Reissue producers: Irwin Chusid, Terry Adams.
Recorded at Fleetwood Studios, Revere, Massachussetts on March 9, 1969.
Includes liner notes by Irwin Chusid.
Remixed by by Chris Anderson (Nevassa Production, Woodstock, New York).
Personnel: Dot Wiggin (vocals, guitar); Betty Wiggin (vocals); Helen Wiggin (drums).
Audio Remasterer: John Baldwin .
Liner Note Authors: Helen Wiggin; Lenny Kaye.
Recording information: Fleetwood Recording Studio, Revere, MA.
Arranger: The Shaggs.
The Shaggs were three sisters from New Hampshire--Dorothy, Helen and Betty Wiggin. With exuberance and naive confidence, and the further commitment of their father, Austin, who provided financial assistance, the girls were brought to a studio near Boston to record this album. The results sound absolutely like nothing else in our popular culture. Where the girls' intent to sound like some of their favorite bands missed its mark, their desire to sing songs with lyrics extolling simple virtues and pleasures is fully realized. The compelling force of PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD comes from the paeans sung to family and community, all delivered with a mix of confidence and humility.