I love a lot of the stuff on the short-lived Bizarre / Straight label family. This might be the top of the heap though. Great singing, sharp songwriting, great arrangements, varied sound - everything you need to make an IRA classic.
Right out of the gate comes Snowblind, a dirty-ass rock and roller that the VU could dig. Then a couple of sweet and purdies before St. Nicholas Hall, a psychedelic anti-Catholic song with an avant-garde Mellotron outro. If you haven't heard this, please do download the album. It is one of the all-time greats.
Raider opens side two with a nice sung-in-the-round chorus. Jerry steals the mic for Mrs. Connor, a weeper. Rapture, Charity - a couple ringers. Then, Farewell Aldebaran takes the understated psych feel from some of the earlier stuff and pegs the knob at 11. Giving us a perfect GD ending.
This got reissued on ________, a label that a lot of collectors are pissed with because they don't get good sound and they (reportedly) don't pay royalties. Still, I don't know if my vinyl rip is any better. You can check it and see.
Judy and Jerry broke up soon after this monsterpiece. She was part of the team, rather than the main focus on the disappointing Rosebud, which was one of the last issues on Straight.