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Babylonian Tiles - Teknicolour Aftermath

2000

Pangea OM 2021

Track List:

Boulevard (version 2000), Electrified eyes, Each dying breath, Your universe is creeping, Rain people, Season of The Witch, Teknicolour Aftermath, Reasons for grey (version 2000), House of cards, Far far away (version 2000), Crystal Gavel (version 2000).

Review:

This is the third full album release from Babylonian Tiles, who hail from Long Beach California, and are one of the best and most original contemporary psych bands of recent years.
Often described as Acid-Goth, even by the band themselves, Babylonian Tiles do have a very Dark edge to their sound and have a significant fan base on the Gothic/Darkwave scene. That said, their highly original sound is very much multi-faceted, featuring equal parts of haunting keyboards, electric guitar and eastern vocals delivered with interesting and unconventional vocal patterns.
Not all the songs here are new, but Pangea felt that re-working some of their earlier material would benefit the wider audiences they are now reaching. If you are new to the band, like we are (having only previously heard a poor quality recording of a live session on Tales From The Marshmallow Dimention) then this album is a good place to start. There are influences as diverse as Siouxie & The Banshees and The Doors evident in some of the songs, aside from that Babylonian Tiles are a very original band, which is no mean feat considering what has come before them. A reworked version of Boulevard opens the album with flowing vocals building on strong guitar and keyboards. Spooky keyboards and eastern flavoured vocals begin Electrified Eyes which ends up in a drawn out Space-Rock style guitar and keyboard jam. The philosophical Each Dying Breath is crashing drums and guitars, topped with swirling keyboards and Bryna Golden's distinctive vocal style. The pace drops back a little for Your Universe Is Creeping featuring some wonderfully retro sounding keyboard breaks which is something this band are very good at, creating an authentic feel but without sounding too retro and at the same time writing some excellent, highly original material that sounds like no other band.
Rain People (my personal favourite) starts with some haunting backwards vocals before opening up into a  beautiful lilting psych folk tune, laced with spiralling keyboards.
Next up is an interesting cover of Donovan's Season Of The Witch, this is given the Tiles own unique treatment of an already fine song. The title track of the album Teknicolour Aftermath begins eerily with atmospheric sound effects before being led into a throbbing eastern flavoured jam. Reasons For Grey, features some powerful stabs of lead guitar and demented vocals and is probably an excellent live track.
House Of Cards is a dark and brooding tale. Another favourite track is the spectral Far Far Away, a reworking of an old song, featuring some wonderful chilling keyboards and driving guitar which dives and climbs, building up to a climax before running into the powerful Crystal Gavel, which spirals into a hypnotic eastern flavoured jam, peaking  in a frantic guitar & keyboard laden feast, closing gracefully with the dying embers of guitar feedback.

Judging by this album I expect that Babylonian Tiles are a stunning experience live, which being nearly 6000 miles away is something I can only dream about....!!!

Hey Bryna, when are you guys coming over here?

Reviewed by pOoTer

Teknicolour Aftermath

 

Baby Woodrose - Blows Your Mind!

2001

Pan Records

Track List:

No Way Out, Baby Blows Your Mind, What A Burn!, Caught In A Whirl, Pandora, Spinning Wheels Of Fire, Living A Dream, Flamenca, Maya, D’ya Get What Ya Give?, Kara Lynn, Right To Get High, Mind And Soul, Nobody Spoil My Fun.

Review:

I asked Lorenzo of Baby Woodrose for some information about the making of this album. He informed me this was done by ingesting a packet of Hawaiian Woodrose seeds which then inspired him to write 15 million songs in 15 seconds. 14 of them presumably made their way onto this album. Also presumably, this experience caused Baby, who can be viewed in all her naked glory on the Baby Woodrose site(www.babywoodrose.com), to come into being.

The idea of the album being about a fantasy woman who comes to life on the band's website and in the cover art for the album is ingenious and draws the listener into the music. She is the personification of the Woodrose experience, very seductive and wild. The songs mostly
seem to be addressed to her or about her, except for Kara Lynn (maybe Lorenzo's old girlfriend that he is ditching to make way for Baby), and a few more general themes about getting high, e.g. 'Spinning Wheels Of Fire'.

The music is well and truly rooted in garage psych, with influences such as Lollipop Shoppe, 13th Floor Elevators, The Seeds, Music Machine and Beau Brummels cited in the press release. Apart from the 'Do you feel it, feel it, feel it' line, lifted directly from the Elevators 'Don't Fall Down,' or The Spades 'We Sell Soul' if you like to be pedantic, which I do ;-), I don't hear any specific similarities. Oh, and one of the songs is entitled 'No Way Out,' though the similarity to the Chocolate Watchband song of the same name ends there. There's plenty of fuzzy guitar pounding out simple riffs, tambourines, reverb on guitar leads and vocals and odd soundbytes at the beginnings and ends of songs, enough to give it an authentic early psych sound. And the song structures and boy/girl romantic lyrics are all totally in harmony with the era to give a classic retro punk aura to the album.
Garage fans will want to add this to their collection for a refreshing breeze from the mid-sixties.

My only minor beef is this: not all that many of the original bands even made it to the album stakes having to be content with a couple of singles.
The albums that were released generally lasted little over half-an-hour. 'Blows Your Mind' goes on a little too long for a comfortable listen, and the song format is pretty much the same on all tracks.
Or maybe I'm taking it all too seriously - after all it's just a fantasy.

Reviewed by Doctor Dark - February 2002

 

The Bach’s - Out Of The Bach’s
1968
Del Val
Track List:
You’re Mine, Pleasure Of Your Company, Free Fall, I See Her, My Independence Day, Minister To A Mind Diseased, Tables Of Grass Fields, Show Me That You Want To Go Home, Sitting, Nevermore, Answer To Yesterday, I’m A Little Boy
Review:
A classic garage burner this one. However, to me this album sounds more like it was recorded in ’65 or 66 then the suggested release date of 1968. “Out of the Bach’s” has a very dated and primitive sound. To many this very aspect is much of the records appeal, but in my opinion it lacks the power and the drive to really knock me out. There are certainly some monster fuzz riffs throughout the album, and without doubt this is best exhibited on the records greatest and beefiest track, “Minister to a Mind Diseased”. The album is just about worth it for this song alone.
It is a splendidly thick slice of 60’s psycho-punk served up in the garage by a group of spotty teenagers. Shame the rest of the album doesn’t deliver to this standard. To me the album sounds like white suburban boys trying to play Chuck Berry at break neck speeds. Not quite up to the same production values as MC5’s “Back In The USA” LP, but at the same time it doesn’t quite have the same snarl and punkish attitude that say “Distortions” by The Litter or “From Zero Down” by The Nomads has. To many though, “Out of the Bach’s” is the quintessential 60’s garage punk album.
For garage purists this record is an absolute must.

Rating 2 Sugar Cubes

Reviewed by BlueMagoo - November 2002

 
 

Balloon Farm - A Question Of Temperature 7”

1968

Laurie 3405

Track List:

A Question Of Temperature, Hurtin’ For Your Love.

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The Bamboo Shoot - The Fox Has Gone To Ground 7”

1968

Columbia DB 8370

Track List:

The fox has gone to ground, There and back again.

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Bardo Pond - Bufo Alvarius, Amen 29:15

1994

Drunken Fish

Track List:

Adhesive, Back Porch, On A Side Street, Capillary River, No Time To
Waste, Absence, Vent, Amen

Review:

As a collector of psychedelic music, I will say that very few bands are able to create the sonic sound sculptures that Bardo Pond aim for and successfully produce. Reaching somewhere near Venus, these guys (and one chick!), are able to create space with their instruments. Yes, the lyrics are mostly inaudible, but Isobel's voice is just one more tool used to create the final piece. Fine Art never sounded so good!
For the un-initiated, the Pond are dense, thick slabs of swirling, regurgitated fuzz and distortion rolled up with a fat, chunky rhythm section and a faintly heard vocalist who "coos" and "murmers" her way through a song. Surprisingly enough, there is a melody underneath layers that are so thick your brain can barely register it all. Think My Bloody Valentine/Sonic Youth/Black Sabbath and then throw in some super underground 60's psych (i.e The 13th Floor Elevators and Ultimate Spinach) and you are getting somewhere near the
Pond's toxic brew.
Superb stuff and highly addictive once tried!

Reviewed by Flaming Groovy - January 2002

Bufo Alvarius

 

Bardo Pond - Amanita

1996

Matador/Drunken Fish

Track List:

Limerick, Sentence, Tantric Porno, Wank, The High Frequency, Sometimes Words, Yellow Turban, Rumination, Be A Fish, Tapir Song, RM  + (vinyl has an extra track)

Review:

I know, The 60's flower-power band The Seeds coined the term "Web of Sound", but it seems more apt when one is discussing the Bardo Pond. Actually, this full album is called "Amanita" and not "High Frequencies" as some companies have called it (Amazon!). It is, like most Pond albums, full of intense fuzzy soundscapes that swirl and crunch, yet underneath it all have the most gorgeous melody that only the Pond are capable of creating. 
With every Pond recording, you get a healthy dose of sound and texture.  "Amanita" is no different. There is layer upon layer of guitar, flute,and drums which all help create some
of the most PSONIC Psychedelia I have ever heard from a contemporary band.
Sometimes the sound is so dense and thick your mind feels as if it can't take anymore, then just when you think there is no relief in sight Isobel mutters something under her breath and the Gibbons Brothers produce some outstanding guitar riff that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat, yet reminds you that you are in safe hands with The Bardo Pond.
The influences are there: underground 60's psychedelia, Crazy Horse, and of course Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine.  What the Pond are really good at is the
opening and closing tracks of albums. From the opening bars of "Limerick" to the closing sound textures of the amazing fuzz and flute drenched Crazy Horse-esque "RM", you will quickly become completely absorbed in the sound of the Pond and wont want to get out.

Sometimes drowning can be fun!

Reviewed by Flaming Groovy - January 2002

Amanita

 

Bardo Pond - Set & Setting

1999

Matador

Track List:

Walking Stick Man, This Time (So Fucked), Datura, Again, Lull, Cross Current, Crawl Away, #3.

Review:

"Psonic Soul" is how I would describe this album of gorgeous NOISE. HEAVY, swirling guitars, pounding bass, and silent whispers for vocals help carve out a HUGE sculpture of noise that is immensly beautiful and appealing to the senses. The loud, thick slabs of guitar and electric sitar on "Datura" are some of the heaviest psych ever committed to vinyl/disc (it makes Blue Cheer sound like wilting daisies!). Once again, just when you think you can not
possibly take anymore of the sheer guitar assault, the Gibbons brothers offer you the gorgeous "Lull"  which has to be some of the most beautiful, fluttering, guitar swirls ever recorded. 
For anyone who likes their psychedelia, whether mellow or heavy should listen to this band. Highly recommended, but VERY HEAVY and VERY PSYCHEDELIC. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Reviewed by Flaming Groovy - January 2002

Set & Setting

 

Bardo Pond - Dilate

2001

Matador

Track List:

Two Planes, Sunrise, Inside, Aphasia, Favorite Uncle, Swig, Despite
The Roar, Lb., Hum, Ganges + (vinyl has extra tracks)

Review:

Like previous Pond albums, "Dilate" is full of thick, crunching, swirls of guitar which cough, spit, and vomit their fuzz and distortion all over the listener's ears and melting brain.  What seperates "Dilate" from Bardo Pond's earlier albums is, more attention to acoustic melody, AND the lyrics. Isobel Sollenberger can actually be heard and understood on this album AND the band have chosen to print the lyrics inside the jacket! 
Don't be fooled, Sollenberger is no pop diva, her voice is still used as an instrument, however, it is no longer competing with the Gibbons brothers guitars.  There are several "slower" songs, which build up to a tasty climax, yet maintain a nice acoustic melody throughout.  There are some very tasty numbers throughout this album, from the fantastic instrumental opener of "Two Planes", to the haunting echoes of "Despite The Roar", to the absolutely AMAZING fuzz-drenched, speaker-channelling guitar assault of closing instrumental "Ganges" (like the river itself, it is a huge, fast, and powerful song which is almost a religious experience in itself!).
This is an album to savour.  No one creates psychedelic music quite like The Bardo Pond. Buy their albums, but be warned, they are HEAVY and HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!

Reviewed by Flaming Groovy - January 2002

Dilate

 

Syd Barrett - Octopus 7”

1969

Harvest HAR 5009

Track List:

Octopus, Golden Hair.

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Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs

1970

Harvest SHVL 765

Track List :

Terrapin, No Good Trying, Love You, No Mans Land, Dark Globe, Here i Go, Octopus, Golden Hair, Long Gone, She Took a long cold look, Feel, If Its in you, Late Night.

Review:

First solo outing from Pink Floyd’s founder member, released in January 1970 is a big departure from the complex, whimsical psychedelia of the Floyd. In fact this is a stripped bare confrontation of Syd and his innermost thoughts, right out there on the edge of creative genius and near insanity.
The songs here are often haunting and in many ways autobiographical, exposing his tormented inner self for all to see. It is obvious that Syd’s mental state had deteriorated considerably since his departure from Pink Floyd, but all the songs here show his distinct lyrical style, even if they do sound a little fraught and desperate in places.
It is a very personal album contaning many beautiful songs and in our opinion there is not a bad track on the LP with Syd’s adaptation of James Joyce’s Golden Hair being one of the best tracks.
Reviewed by pOoTer

The Madcap Laughs

 

Syd Barrett - Barrett

1970

Harvest SHSP 4007

Track List :

Baby Lemonade, Love Song, Dominoes, Its Obvious, Rats, Maisie, Gigolo Aunt, Waving my Arms, Wined And Dined, Wolfpack, Effervescing Elephant, I never lied To You.

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Barrett

 

The Beatles - Revolver

1966

Parlophone 7009

Track List:

Taxman, I Love You Too, I Want To Tell You, Eleanor Rigby, Here There And Everywhere, Good Day Sunshine, For No One, Got To Get You Into My Life, I’m Only Sleeping, She Said She Said, And Your Bird Can Sing, Doctor Robert, Tomorrow Never Knows, Yellow Submarine.

Review:

Revolver represents The Beatles at the height of their creative powers. It is also their most eclective and diverse collection of songs on any album.
It has aged better than Sgt. Pepper and sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did in 1966.

Revolver

 

The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

1967

Parlophone 7027

Track List:

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends, Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds, Getting Better, Fixing A Hole, She’s Leaving Home, Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite, Within You Without You, When I’m Sixty Four, Lovely Rita, Good Morning Good Morning, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)

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Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

 

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

1967

Parlophone 2835

Track List:

Magical Mystery tour, The Fool On The Hill, Flying, Blue Jay Way, Your Mother Should Know, I Am The Walrus, Hello Goodbye, Strawberry Fields Together, Penny Lane, Baby Your A Rich Man, All You Need Is Love.

Review:
This album by the Beatles was their first album after the death of their manager Brian Epstein. It was obviously a little more experimental on their part and is not considered a good album by Beatles critics; although it did reach #1 and is a gem among Beatles fans.
The Beatles use studio tricks to add affect to some songs such as slowing down the tape to create the dreamier and slightly deeper voice of John Lennon on Strawberry Fields, and reversing guitar tracks on Baby Your A Rich Man and Blue Jay Way. All in all the album is trippy at times and popier at times. For trippiness, Harrison's voice on Blue Jay Way, the melodic Flying, the strange I Am The Walrus, and the soothing Strawberry Fields should entice the psychedelic fan. All You Need Is Love has a very good message lyricly.

Not the best Beatles album, but one that will definitely please a true Beatle fan.

Submitted by Jeffery Curtis paradisesteakhouselives@hotmail.com - February 2004

Magical Mystery Tour

 

The Beatles - White Album

1968

Parlophone 7067

Track List:

Back In The USSR, Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, Ob-la-di-ob-la-da, Wild Honey Pie, The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Martha My Dear, I’m So Tired, Blackbird, Piggies, Rocky Racoon, Don’t Pass Me By, Why Don’t We Do It In The Road, I Will, Julia, Birthday, Yer Blues, Mother Natures Son, Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter, Long Long Gone, Revolution 1, Honey Pie, Savoy Truffle, Cry Baby Cry, Revolution 9, Good Night.

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White Album

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

1969

Parlophone 7070

Track List:

Yellow Submarine, Only A Northern Song, All Together Now, Hey Bulldog, It’s All Too Much, All You Need Is Love, Pepperland, Sea Of time, Sea Of Holes, Sea Of Monsters, March Of The Meanies, Pepperland Laid Waste, Yellow Submarine In Pepperland.

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Yellow Submarine

The Beatles - Abbey Road

1969

Parlophone 7088

Track List:

Come Together, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Something, Oh Darling, Octopus’s Garden, I Want You (shes so heavy), Here Comes The Sun, Because, You Never Gave Me Your Money, Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End, Her Majesty.

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Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Strictly Personal

1968

Liberty

Track List:

Ah Feel Like Ahcid, Safe As Milk, Trust Us, Son of Mirror Man - Mere Man, On Tomorrow, Beatle Bones and Smoking Stones, Gimme Dat Harp Boy, Kandy Korn.

Review:

After two powerful singles and what some have hailed as the best debut album in rock history, the Magic Band’s second album represented a turn in a new direction, namely delta blues blended with a surrealist brand of psychedelic rock. Two slide guitarists, a lead vocalist who could shatter microphones with his voice and rewrite Strawberry Fields Forever to make it sound REALLY psychedelic, plus a pounding rhythm section. The album opens with Beefheart’s rewrite of Son House’s Death Letter Blues, duelling delta slide guitars transformed into a revelation of the acid experience. Fade into human heartbeat and thence into Safe As Milk,
apparently about waking up in the morning to the same old squalid humdrum existence. A mess of slide guitars being abused, drums being beaten into oblivion and massive phasing end the track. ‘Trust Us’ is apparently Beefheart’s answer to All You Need Is Love, with a Russian-sounding minor key melody supplied by John French, the drummer, giving the melodic basis to this eight minute epic. Beefheart’s voice is colossal, the feedback and phasing adding to the anthemic quality. Next track, Mirror Man is heavily distorted slide guitars, harmonica and vocals, a song which would later get a 15 minute workout on the Mirror Man album. On Tomorrow and Beatle Bones ‘n Smoking Stones have more psychedelic lyrics, weird slide effects, backward guitars and basically anything that producer Bob Krasnow can throw into the mix. Gimme Dat Harp Boy is a standard blues workout, but it has to be said Don van Vliet is probably the best blues harp player you will ever hear. The last track is Kandy Korn which has very unexpected riffs and barely audible vocals followed by van Vliets final vocal offering: ‘I ain’t blue no more. Feels like heaven I said, ahcid.’
Later Beefheart albums travelled all sorts of different roads, but this is prime psychedelia. Thanks partly to where the band were at the time and partly to Bob Krasnow’s production. After some personnel changes they produced ‘Trout Mask Replica’ a year later, which may not be
psychedelic, but is one of the most innovative and exciting albums in the whole of rock.
To find out more, visit www.beefheart.com

Reviewed by DoctorDark

 

The Birds - These Birds Are Dangerous

1985

Edsel NEST 901

Track List:

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B.F. Trike
1970
Rockadelic

Track List:
Time & Changes, For Sale Or Lease, Wait & See, Lovely Lady, Sunshine, Bench Of Wood, Three Piece Music, Six O’Clock Sleeper, Magic Makin’ Music Man, Be Free.

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Blacklight Chameleons - Inner mission

1988

NBC 7471 (LP) (US)

Track List:

Blacklight chameleon theme, The reverse, Poison arrow, Yeah you, Fired up, Surf wizards' theme, 13 miles to midnight, Love is a mystery, Getting down under, Cross that bridge, Tehru

Review:

Guitarist Dino Sorbello (just run away from Mad Violets) and Andrea Mathews (ex female drummer of the magnificent Outta Place) formed the Blacklight Chameleons in NYC. Their first LP released in 1986 was full of promise; thanks to the arrival of very talented vocalist Sharon, they issued this album which is one of the best psychedelic records of the eighties: a multicoloured rain of timeless sounds!
Submitted by Roberto from THE WRONG WAY

Inner Mission

 

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

1970

Vertigo VO6

Track List:

Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Behind the Wall of Sleep, N.I.B., Evil Woman, Don't You Play Your Games With Me, Sleeping Village, Warning..

Review:

Still falls the rain, the veils of darkness shroud the blackened trees, which, contorted by some unseen violence, shed their tired leaves, and bend their boughs toward a grey earth of severed bird wings . Among the grasses, poppies bleed before a gesticulating death, and young rabbits, born dead in traps, stand motionless, as though guarding the silence that surrounds and threatens to engulf all those that would listen.
Mute birds, tired of repeating yesterdays terrors, huddle together in the recesses of dark corners, heads turned from the dead, black swan that floats upturned in a small pool in the hollow.
There emerges from this pool a faint sensual mist, that traces its way upwards to caress the chipped feet of the headless martyr's statue, whose only achievement was to die too soon, and who couldn't wait to lose.
The cataract of darkness form fully, the long black night begins, yet still, by the lake a young girl waits, unseeing she believes herself unseen, she smiles, faintly at the distant tolling bell, and the still falling rain.

And so the title track, Black Sabbath begins, with the rain and the tolling bell. At this point, you should be afraid, very afraid. From the "figure in black which points at me", to the point at which Ozzie realises he is Satan's "Chosen One", this couldn't be a better and more sinister opener. The track is truly evil, complete despair...absolutely fantastic.

The Wizard is, unfortunately, a real disappointment. It does not continue the power. It has harmonicas even, but not used too effectively. You just crave more evil!

Behind the Wall of Sleep is a better track, with Tony Iommi showing his expertise on guitar solos, and the regular interaction of guitar and vocals during the rest of the number.

N.I.B. has an opening bass guitar  which leads into a fantastic guitar riff. This is really stunning stuff. Brilliant track - Lucifer would have been proud. There is superb guitar variation which makes this one of the best on the album. "My name is Lucifer, please take my hand."
The 2nd side opens with a track not written by the band, "Evil Woman...." By this album's standard, it's a bit of a "sing song." It's not really up to much and a bit of a filler. However, the best is yet to come.
Sleeping Village...the title just gets you going. What do you imagine? It's very strange that my black cat, Panther, jumps up onto my lap just as this track starts. It's so menacing, echoey vocals over haunting guitar, which the breaks into an Iommi special, and just keeps getting better.
Warning is a superb last track, getting back to the evil of the opening. "I was born without you, baby, but your feelings were a little bit too strong," gives an edge to the story. Tony Iommi gives another storming performance with solos all over the place mixed with drums until the main theme is re-established again towards the end.

All in all, if you can get hold of the album, then do. Wait for a cold dark night, switch off all the lights, and think of heaven (or hell). It is flawed, but it is a collector's item....and it might just get you a pact with The Devil.

Reviewed by Gremlin - June 2002

 

Black Sun Ensemble - Same

1990

Reckless 6

Track List :

Dove Of The Desert, Sapphire Sky Symphony, Hurricane Isis, Bleeding Heart, Golden Rays, XYZ, Clear Yellow Days, Raga Del Sol, Dove Of The Desert 2, Bleeding Heart 2.

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Tim Blake - Crystal Machine

1977

Egg 900545

Track List:

Midnight, Metro Logic, Last Ride Of The Boogie Child, Synthese Intemporal, Crystal Presence

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Crystal Machine

 

Tim Blake - New Jurusalem

1978

Barclay CLAY7005

Track List:

Song For A New Age, Lighthouse, Generator Laserbeam, Passage Sur La Site De Ce Revelation, Blakes New Jerusalem

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New Jurusalem

 

Tim Blake - Generator Laserbeam 7”

1978

Barclay BAR711

Track List:

Generator Laserbeam, Woodland Voice

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Tim Blake - Magick

1991

Voiceprint

Track List:

Magick Circle, Tonight, The Strange Secret Of Ohm-Gliding, A Return To Clouds, Waiting For Nati, A Dream, More Magick, With You.

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Magick

 

Tim Blake - The Tide Of The Century

2000

Blueprint BP340CD

Track List:

Nature L, The Tide Of The Century, St.Dolay, Byzantium Dancing, Sarajevo ( Remember ), Tribulations

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The Tide Of The Century

 

Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum

1968

Phillips

Track List:

Summertime Blues, Rock Me Baby, Doctor Please, Out Of Focus, Parchment Farm, Second Time Around.

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Blue Cheer - Outsideinside

1968

Phillips

Track List:

Feathers From Your Tree, Sun Cycle, Just A Little Bit, Gypsy Ball, Come And Get It, Satisfaction, The Hunter, Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger, Babylon.

Review:

This mid-sixties power trio laid the foundation for what would later be called Heavy Metal.  The distorted guitar renderings of Leigh Stephens, the gruff and tortured vocals of bassist Dickie Peterson, and the manic drumming of Paul Whaley created a sound that first brought them attention with the hit single "Summertime Blues" and their first album Vincebus Eruptum (supposedly Latin for "out of chaos, order"), but their best effort was definitely OutsideInside, their second outing, which was named because part of the album was recorded outside (no studio could contain these guys!).  The cut "Just a Little Bit" is driven by Whaley's  thundering drum lines, and another notable cut is a cover of the Stones' "Satisfaction".  This album has novel production values (the sound of a guitar will travel back and forth between
the speakers, a technique that Hendrix later used a lot in Electric Ladyland) that their first effort did not, and it demands playback at maximum level, if your speakers can accommodate it.  One of the unsung classics of album rock from the sixties, the cover of the album also features paintings of the band members interacting with various druguse depictions that probably foretold why they were not able to keep the original band line-up together after this outing. Blue Cheer after this album is Blue Cheer in name only.

Reviewed by Lawrence A. Strid

Blue Cheer - New Improved! Blue Cheer

1969

Phillips 600.305

Track List:

When its all gets old, West coat child of sunshine, I want my baby back, Aces ‘n’ eights, As long as I live, It takes a lot of love - it takes a train to cry, Peace of mind, Fruit & icebergs, Honey butter love.

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Blue Cheer - Blue Cheer

1970

Phillips 600.333

Track List:

Fool, Your gonna need someone, Hello L.A-by bye Birmingham, Saturday freedom, Ain’t that the way (love’s supposed to be)Rock and roll queens, Better when we try, Natural man, Lovin’ you’s easy, The same old story.

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Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup 7”

1968

Parlophone R 5696

Track List:

Jabberwock, Which Dreamed It

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The Blues Magoos - Psychedelic Lollipop

1966

Mercury Records

Track List:

(We Ain't Got) Nothing Yet, Love Seems Doomed, Tobacco Road, Queen Of My Nights, I'll go Crazy, Gotta Get Away, Sometimes I Think About, One By One, Worried Life Blues, She's Coming Home

Review:

Don't be confused by the title of this album, although a classic, it isn't particularly psychedelic (it was, in fact named after the painting that is on the front cover), and certainly not The Blues Magoos' most "lysergic" of albums.
Psychedelia would eventually come into the Magoos musical equation but not until their second and third album.  However, this, their debut album was the Blues Magoos calling card to make it somewhere.  Originally formed in The Bronx as a folk rock band called "The Trenchcoats" by '65 they were evolving into the "Bloos Magoos" and began playing in a more upbeat blues/rock/beat style.  By 1966 the transformation was complete (including the re-spelling of their name)and they started recording a couple of cool, punky singles that caught the eye of Mercury Records (who were doing all they could to jump on the new "underground" music scene).
This first album is of a consistent standard all the way through.  It is full of pop/punk sounds that typified the mid 60's. It contains their classic single, "(We Ain't Got) Nothing Yet, and a cool version of Tobacco Road (which is probably the albums most psychedelic moment with some nifty sound effects laced into the Loudermilk composition). They were also beginning to play around with song titles to give the listener hints of what was to eventually come ("Love Seems Doomed"=LSD).
Some of the albums stand out tracks are "Sometimes I Think About" (a slow, melodic blues song), "Gotta Get Away" (a raucous punk rocker that should have been their A-Side single), and the organ-swirler "She's Coming Home" (chauvinistic lyrics a plenty in this one!).


A solid album and no 60's collection is complete without it.

Reviewed by BlueMagoo - August 2002

The Blues Magoos - Electric Comic Book

1967

Mercury Records

Track List:

Pipe Dream, There's A Chance We Can Make It, Life Is Just A Cher O'Bowlies, Gloria, Intermission, Albert Common Is Dead, Summer Is The Man, Baby, I Want You, Lets Get Together, Take My Love, Rush Hour, That's All Folks.

Review:

As I said on the review of "Psychedelic Lollipop", if "Love Seems Doomed" was hinting at things to come (work it out yourselves guys) - then "Electric Comic Book" was it. 
Acid Punk from the very start and more garage sounding then their predecessor, "Electric Comic Book" is full of Intoxicating organ, meaty guitar riffs, wild sound effects and deeper and darker lyrics.
This is a great album, and proof that The Magoos weren't just Mercury Records darlings, they were men on a mission and with an idea and a vision (albeit an acid-spiked one!). Acid is the name of the game here ("Albert Common Is Dead" testifies to that) and this albums contains a SUPERB tripped out version of Van Morrison's "Gloria".  Full of chaotic guitars and mind-numbing organ, the song nearly descends into pure pandemonium before The Magoos somehow seamlessly pull it back from the brink of destruction and neatly bring it to a close. The song on "Electric Comic Book" that is beginning to pave way for the direction the Magoos are beginning to head towards is "Rush Hour".
Paranoia is beginning to creep in, and all that was groovy and kaleidoscopic in the Magoos world, is now beginning to wilt under the weight of the coked-up guitars and the adrenalin rush that is "Rush Hour".  Heavy guitars crunch, twist, and bend our mind and deafen our eardrums while we are told that "late at night they came around, led me to the underground, no relief for me in sight, guess I won't sleep tonight....and your coming to the rush hour now".

As the liner notes suggest, this is "an electrical storm" and there is no escaping The Blues Magoos once they have entered your head.

Reviewed by BlueMagoo - August 2002

The Blues Magoos - Basic

1968

Mercury Records

Track List:

Sybil Green (Of The In-Between), I Can Hear The Grass Grow, All The Better To See You With, Yellow Rose, I Wanna Be There, I Can Move A Mountain, President's Council On Psychedelic Fitness, Scarecrow's Love Affair, There She Goes, Accidental Meditation, You're Getting Old, Subliminal Sonic Laxative, Chicken Wire Lady.

Review:

If "Psychedelic Lollipop" was a pop/punk classic, and "Electric Comic Book" was an acid punk burner, then "Basic" is arguably The Blues Magoos best and most psychedelic album yet.  The instrumentation has now become more complex ("I Wanna Be There"), the songs have now become longer and more melodic, but the true highlight is the maturity of the song writing on "Basic".  Clearly they were now being influenced by the look and the sounds coming from England as they chose to cover The Move's "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and at times on this album they remind me of the great British band Tomorrow. They even look British on this album (more bohemian then hippie). There are many highlights on "Basic", however,"Yellow Rose" and "I Can Move A Mountain" stand out in particular. "Yellow Rose" for its haunting instrumentation and gorgeous lyrics and "I Can Move A Mountain" for its buzzing fuzz bass and broody organ.  Another track worthy of mention is the interesting
"Subliminal Sonic Laxative" which is a quiet, meditative buzz in the speaker that is barely audible unless you have earphones on; it lasts for 1 minute exactly before descending into the luscious fuzz guitar of "Chicken Wire Lady". A very special album indeed and one to cherish.

After the "Basic" LP, The Blues Magoos broke up and re-formed with only one original member (Peppy Theilhelm).  This new line-up recorded a couple of decent albums for ABC Records, however, by then, the psychedelic/punky sounds of these first three albums were gone forever.

Reviewed by BlueMagoo - August 2002

 
Bow Street Runners
1969
Sundazed

Track List:
Electric Star, Watch, American Talking Blues, Leaving Grit America, Another Face, Eating From A Plastic Hand, Rock Fish Blues, Push It Through, Spunky Monkey, Steve’s Jam.

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Brain - Nightmares In Red 7”

1967

Parlophone R 5595

Track List:

Nightmares in red, kick the donkey.

Review:

An essential slice of giggling acid chaos from the Brtitish underground scene containg several minutes worth of utter insanity, strange sound effects and warped orchestration, all collapsing into fits of giggling at every oppurtunity....’I close my eyes what do I see?.......I am looking at the back of my eyelids....’ You get the picture? if not, go get Nightmares In Wonderland (or try your luck at tracing the ultra rare Parlophone original) as it’s included there.
p.s The band later became King Crimson.......
Reviewed by pOoTer

Brainticket - Cottonwoodhill

1971

Hallelujah P 81 120

Track List:

Black Sand, Places of light, Brainticket Part 1, Brainticket Part  1 Conclusion, Brainticket Part II.

Review:

Pooters Psychedelic Shack would not be complete without the inclusion of this obscure but notorious gem from 1971.

'After you listen to this album, your friends won't know you any more'.........so says the 'warning' on the sleeve notes!!

Much hype has surrounded this album, which I would say is still largely an unknown classic. I have seen it described as 'The most psychedelic album ever released' (by someone who should either know better, or never listened to it in the first place).
That's not intended to be disparaging to Brainticket, for this is indeed a very fine album, it's just that there are certainly more 'whacked out' albums out there than this one. Although I would love to call it psychedelic (it's certainly VERY tripped out in places) it actually falls very firmly into the Kosmiche Musik/Krautrock camp in the vein of Can etc.
Held together by an underlying funked up organ jam that features through most of the tracks and laced with bizarre experimental electronic effects and some very spontaneous samples, this IS an unusual album and is very much at the psychedelic end of the Krautrock spectrum.
Things really start to kick in with Brainticket Part 1, opening with surreal sound effects and choppy organ riffs. The haunting and sometimes disturbing vocals of Dawn Muir tell the tale of an incredible, provocative and powerful LSD trip which is the main focal point of Cottonwoodhill.
The album proceeds to dive deeper into a dark psychedelic maelstrom, full of audio generator chaos and disturbing sound effects, still carried on by Joel Vandroogenbroeck's funky organ sound before ending abruptly. Brainticket continued to make a further four albums throughout the seventies and eighties, but none would match the dementia and paranoia of Cottonwoodhill.

Enter the world of Brainticket......every home should have one.

Reviewed by pOoTer

Cottonwoodhill

 
 
Terry Brooks & Strange - High Flyer
1981
Star People SPR 0013

Track List:
Earth Side: You Will Be Loved, Child Of The City, Rock and Roll Woman.
Space Side: What Kind Of Man, My Lady and Me, Love Of The Ages, High Flyer.

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Terry Brooks & Strange - To Earth with Love

1988

Star People SPR 0005

Track List:

Bottom line, Woman, mister strange, It’s a beautiful day, I promise you my love, Midnight angel, Youre all I need, Down and dirty blues.

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Buffalo Springfield - Retrospective

1969

Atco

Track List :

For What Its Worth.  Mr Soul. Sit Down I Think I Love You. Kind Woman. Bluebird. On The Way Home. Nowadays Clancy Cant Even Sing. Broken Arrow. Rock And Roll Woman. I Am A Child. Go And Say Goodbye. Expecting To Fly.

Review:

Two simple notes. Raunchy fuzz guitar. Young people speaking their minds.
Paranoia strikes deep.. You might expect something better after 'For What It's Worth' but you'll be disappointed. That stands out as the best track from this album.
It all sounded so black and white back then. Listen to it now. It doesn't sound so boss. It's supposed to be the music of protest and anger.. But it sounds like the music of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum now. "Sit Down I Think I Love You" well OK, make up your mind. "Kind Woman" is trite rubbish..
Neil, you're gonna take a while to grow up. OK Steve what can you tell me on 'Bluebird' - yeah this one rocks. Well done Steve this is a cracker - I love the 12 string, the harmonies, everything. Go off and form a supergroup with Mr Young and Mr Crosby in a year or so.
Neil, don't fool me with 'On The Way Home' - you can do better than this..... I know you can.
Aha - "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" - this is a superb ballad. I love this. 1-2-3 1-2-3 I'm going back to the 1930s Who is Clancy?
"Broken Arrow" - Ok Neil, yes, I like this little bit of theatre which includes bits of Mr. Soul and audience screams, just like "So You Wanna Be A Rock 'N Roll Star" did. Well rock operas were very popular at the time, weren't they?

I'm not going to waste my time with the rest of this album.
Neil Young went on to great things and became the old warhorse or rock 'n roll. Steve Stills was a bit more laid back but I like him all the more.
Psychedelia? No. A few good toons? Yes.
On the whole?
Save your money, don't go to the show.

Lovingly comitted to Purgatory by DoctorDark - March 2002

Retrospective

Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield

1966

Atlantic 587

Track List :

Go and say goodbye, Sit down I think I love you, Nowaday’s Clancy can’t sing, Everybody’s wrong, Hot dusty roads, Flying on the ground, Burned, Do I have to come out and say it?, Leave, Pay the price, Out of my mind, For what it’s worth.

Review:

Their first, self titled album (not to be confused with the later compilation of the same name) is a flawed, fragmented classic.
Recorded in Hollywood during 1966, the material is split fairly evenly between Stephen Stills and Neil Young, although Richie Furay takes lead vocals on some of Young's compositions.
Initially the LP included 'Baby Don't Scold Me', but this version was rapidly withdrawn and the track replaced by 'For What It's Worth', when the latter became a hit single. A much needed protest anthem, Stills' song reflected contemporary events on the Sunset Strip.
Young's tracks showcase his trademark theme of alienation. 'Nowaday's Clancy Can't Even Sing' is a haunting piece of 'empathy-for-the-underdog' while 'Out Of My Mind' shows his unease with star status, which would recur in the Seventies, with work such as 'On The Beach'.
For their next trick the Springfield would go one better.
Reviewed by Dr. Sandoz

 

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Illuminations

1969

Vanguard

Track List:

God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot, Mary, Better To Find Out For Yourself, The Vampire, Adam, The Dream Tree, Suffer The Little Children, The Angel, With You Hiney, Guess Who I Saw In Paris, He’s A Keeper Of The Fire, Poppies.

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Bulldog Breed- Made in England

1969

Dream Nova SDN5

Track List:

Paper Man, Sheba's Broomstick Ride, Iflew, Eileen's Haberdashery Store, Folder Men,
Dougal, When the Sun Stands Still, Reborn, Friday hill, Silver, You, Top O' The Pops Cock ? ! ? !, Revenge, Austin Osmanspare.

Review:

This album is one of the lost classics of rock. A beautiful and dark album that to me has the feel at times  of both the Outsiders' CQ  and the Zombies Odyssey and Oracle.
This is a very adventurous album made in a very exciting time in our musical history. It is a beguiling mixture of the best English whimsical psychedelia and much harder edged and aggressive dark social commentary.

I haven't as yet found any mention of this band that really captures the greatness of the music that they made. Their vocalist has a unique style with the words that he sings, bringing a real passion and emotion to the material. The music has an equal power.

I find it amazing that in twenty years of serious listening to music I had not heard of this band. They should be celebrated among the best known and most creative artists, who were working in the 1960s.
I have always attempted to explore great new music and am on an endless quest to hear all the great psychedelic and progressive rock that has been recorded.

That sounds like an enormous task and it certainly is. Part of the journey of discovery is made through taking chances and that was what I did when I bought  a cd reissue of Made in England on eBay. This is one of those albums that makes the journey worthwhile.

It's very hard to pick highlights from this album as the material is consistently outstanding. For sheer wistful and melancholic beauty I would direct any listener to Friday Hill and Dougal. For aggression and rage I would recommend Folder Men, Paper Man and Iflew. These tracks are my particular favourites but there isn't a weak track on the album.

The album first came out in 1969 and blends freakbeat, the pure psychedelia of 1966 and 1967 and the heavy progressive music that was soon to follow.

I don't know how easy it is to get hold of this CD.  I would think that the best source is almost definitely via an Internet mail order vendor.

If you are on a similar quest to me in an exploration of Psychedelia and progressive music, make sure you get to hear this great album as soon as you can.

Reviewed By James Holbrook - May 2002

 

Eric Burdon & The Animals - Winds Of Change

1967

MGM 8052

Track List:

San Franciscan nights, Good times, Winds Of Change, Poem by the sea, Paint it black, Black plague, Yes I am experienced, Man woman, Hotel hell, Anything, It’s all meat.

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Butthole Surfers - Hairway to Steven

1988

Blast First

Track List :

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Hairway to Steven

 

The Byrds - Fifth Dimension

1966

Columbia CS 9349

Track List :

5D, Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr Spaceman, I See You, Whats Happening?, I Come and Stand at Every Door, Eight Miles High, Hey Joe, John Riley, Captain Soul, 2-4-2 Foxtrot (the lear jet song)

Review:

"Just relaxed and paying attention, "still floating," "I found my senses still working" "I opened my  heart to the whole universe and I found it was loving.." can only mean one thing. I think the title track of this album is about a great trip, or maybe it's just about the beautiful music the Byrds made at this point in their career.. "Wild Mountain Tyme" is an example of sheer beautiful music, with a very Celtic feel.
Things take a wacky turn with  "Hey Mr. Spaceman," but I love this, the time-honoured Rickenbacker is jangling away on this one. "I  See You" is a Byrds classic, later covered
superbly by Yes. David Crosby influences the vocals, but there are superb McGuinn touches on the guitar. Jangly? This is the ultimate in janglyness! "What's Going On" tends to lose the attention, not sure why. Crosby on one, maybe. He was known to do this from time to time.
"I Come And Stand At Every Door" is a shocking, harrowing song. It freaks me out every time I hear it. Hope you won't be too freaked out too, but it is about atom bombs and dead babies, so beware. Also check out the Misunderstood version of this song aka "I Unseen"

As if nothing had happened, we are into "Eight Miles High." This is one of the defining tracks of psychedeelic music, with a guitar solo that defies description. Listen to this. Listen to the beautiful guitar play and Crosby and McGuinn's beautiful harmonies. Not about drugs, but apparently about just flying high over the Atlantic Ocean. "Hey Joe" has some neat guitar but is not a patch on the rest of the album so far, and "Captain Soul" is frankly dreadful.
"John Riley" is a return to the Celtic vibe of the first few tracks and 2-4-2 Fox Trot is simply an advert for flying  in Airplanes, an experience denied  to most of us. Don't see the point.
But it has to be said there's some great music on this album. McGuinn's playing is reaching its highest point, Crosby's harmonies are fantastic, "Eight Miles High" is one of the peaks of psychedelia, and there's a few other great tracks here.

Hope you enjoy it.

Reviewed by DoctorDark - April 2002

Fifth Dimension

 

The Byrds - Turn Turn Turn

1966

Columbia CS 9254

Track List :

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) - (mono), It Won't Be Wrong, Set You Free This Time, Lay Down Your Weary Tune, He Was A Friend Of Mine, The World Turns All Around Her, Satisfied Mind, If You're Gone, The Times They Are A-Changin', Wait And See, Oh! Susannah.

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Turn Turn Turn

The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man

1965

Columbia CS 9172

Track List :

Mr. Tambourine Man, I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better, Spanish Harlem Incident, You Won't Have To Cry, Here Without You, The Bells Of Rhymney, All I Really Want To Do, I Knew I'd Want You, It's No Use, Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe, Chimes Of Freedom, We'll Meet Again.

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The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday

1967

Columbia CS 9442

Track List:

So you want to be a rock n roll star, Have you seen her face, C.T.A 102, Renaissance fair, Time between, Everybody’s been burned, Thoughts and words, Mind gardens, My back pages, The girl with no name, Why.

Review:

Younger than Yesterday, released in early 1967, is undoubtedly one of the Byrds finest albums, and one of the best released in a great year for music.  The LP is packed with gems, the best of which are the gorgeous Renaissance Fair and Everybody's Been Burned, two of David Crosby's finest songs. Chris Hillman, hitherto an unsung talent in the group, also blossoms as a songwriter on the album.
Time Between, rumoured to be the first song he ever wrote, and the excellent So You Want to be a Rock'n'Roll Star, written with Roger McGuinn, showcase his new found talent. As
for McGuinn, his guitar playing is superb throughout, and his arrangement of Dylan's My Back Pages is a classic. Also deserving of a mention is McGuinn's CTA102, a weird spaced out experiment which is great fun!
Released at around the same time as the LP was the stunning single Lady Friend.  If this song had found its way onto the record instead of the turgid Mind Gardens then we would be
talking about THE finest record of 1967! Unfortunately it was left off for one reason or another, and Younger than Yesterday will have to settle for being only one of the great records of a great year.

Reviewed by Harfy Magnum - May 2002

The Byrds - Greatest Hits

1967

Columbia CS 5516

Track List:

Mr. Tambourine man, I’ll feel a whole lot better now, Bells of Rhymney, Turn! Turn! Turn!, All I really want to do, Chimes of freedom, Eight miles high, Mr. Spaceman, 5D (Fifth Dimension, So you want to be a rock n roll star, My back pages.

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The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers

1968

Columbia CS 9575

Track List:

Artificial Energy, Goin’ back, Natural harmony, Draft morning, Wasn’t born to follow, Get to you, Change is now, Old John Robertson, Tribal gathering, Dolphin’s smile, Space odyssey.

Review:

The cover design of three country boys and a horse looking out of the windows of a farm building is not a promising advertisement for what turns out to be an undrerrated psychedelic gem. The opening track, ‘Artificial Energy’ with phased brass section riffs adds to a slightly
uncomfortable feel, being inspired by the adverse effects of amphetamine use. It all gets better after that, though. Next track in is the nostalgia laden “Goin’ Back” written by Goffin and
King and well known through Dusty Springfield’s chart success two years previously. The steel guitar on this version gives it a mellower feel. Then things get decidedly trippier with “Natural Harmony.” Guitar reverb turned up past overload creates a ‘ringing in the ears’ effect, while
the lyrics about “dancing through the street side by side, head thrown back, arms open wide” create feelings of harmony and enlightenment. “Draft Morning” follows and has machine gun sound effects, just to shake you up a bit. ‘I Wasn’t Born to Follow” is another Goffin/King idyllic, whimsical ode, heavily phased throughout and an Eastern-sounding distorted guitar middle eight. “Change Is Now” is described by McGuinn as “one of those guru-spiritual-mystic songs that no-one understood” and contains a ringing multi-tracked guitar passage, overdubbed with reversed and wah-wah flourishes. “Dolphin’s Smile” fades in with a weird sound effect – I can’t figure out how they did it, but it somehow sounds completely dolphiny. Get the joss sticks out for “Space Odyssey,” which is a kind of space shanty with oscillators, twanging distorted guitars and extra terrestrials.
The CD reissue contains half a dozen extra tracks like the totally wigged-out Moog Raga, alternate takes of “Draft Morning” and “Goin’ Back”, a glorious instrumental workout of “Change Is Now” called “Universal Mind Decoder”, plus David Crosby’s “Triad”. Crosby had left, partly because they wouldn’t include this song on the album. In fact by the end of recording this album, the Byrds were down to just Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. That they managed to produce such a full-sounding album is a tribute to the band, producer Gary Usher and
legendary session men like drummer Jim Gordon.
This album has fantastic highs, a few lows (“Old John Robertson” is a tad out of place, I feel),
great emotional depth and superb songs. If you missed this one first time round, put it at the top of your shopping list now.
PS. Leave the CD playing right to the end to hear some of the quarreling that led to the group’s break-up.
Reviewed by DoctorDark

 

Big Brother And The Holding Company - Big Brother And The Holding Company

1967

Mainstream 6099

Track List:

Bye bye baby, Easy rider, Intruder, Light is faster than sound, Call on me, Women is losers, Blind man, Down on me, Caterpillar, All is loneliness.

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Big Brother And The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills

1969

Edsel (re-issue)

Track List :

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Cheap Thrills

 

Big Brother And The Holding Company - Be A Brother

1971

Columbia CBS PC 30222

Track List:

Keep on Joseph’s coat, Home on the strange, Someday, Heartache people, Sunshine baby, Mr. Natural, Funkie Jim, I’ll change your flat tire Merle, Be a brother.

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Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Same

1967

Track 2407 012

Track List :

Prelude - Nightmare, Fanfare - Fire Poem, Fire, Come and buy, Time, I put a spell on you, Spontaneous, Apple Creation, Rest Cure, I’ve got money, Child of my kingdom.

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Crazy World of Arthur Brown

 

Bent Wind - Sussex

1984

Heyoka HEY 201

Track List :

Touch Of Red, Riverside, The Lions, Going To The City, Hate, Look At Love, Mistify, Sacred Cows.

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Bent Wind - Sussex

2001

Green Tree Records GTR 100

Track List:

Touch Of Red, Riverside, The Lions, Going To The City, Hate, Look At Love, Mistify, Sacred Cows.
Bonus Tracks:
Riverside (unreleased version), Bent Wind (unreleased), The Chant (unreleased), Castles Made Of Man (rare single track), Sacred Cows (rare single track).

Review:

I have had this album in my collection since about 1985 and remember buying it knowing absolutely nothing about the band at all, something which continued for many years. It just looked like a very interesting album, but the cover revealed nothing. Then occasionally I would see it in collectors lists valued at ever increasing sums, presumably as availability dwindled, although I never saw it with my own eyes it allegedly had a $5,000 price tag at one point and is certainly listed in British Collectors price guides at well over £1000 for a mint copy. This of course refers to the impossibly rare original release on the Trend label back in 1969.
Other than the fact that I played it to death for many years, not knowing the darkest secrets of this fine band the story more or less ends there. Then a strange thing happened, we have had this record listed here since the site began (the Heyoka release) and then one day in December 2000 we got an email from Bent Wind member Marty Roth (Rhythm Guitarist, Vocalist) telling us that what we had listed was in fact an unofficial bootleg....wow!!

Then in October 2001, we hear again from Marty when he mailed us the 'Official' Digitally
Remastered reissue of Sussex on Germany's Green Tree Records, containing some bonus tracks (written in recent years) in a nice DigiPak format which contains some rare band photo's and press clippings. So this is what we are now looking at, what is often touted as being 'in the top five psychedelic records ever produced in Canada' and the 'rarest Canadian psych album'.
That aside this is in fact a very interesting album, with various styles from the chugging
blues-punker 'Touch Of Red', the haunting, fuzz laden 'Riverside' and the fuzzed out heavy psych masterpiece 'Mistify'. Also included on the album is the band's only single 'Sacred Cows', also originally on the Trend label. Beyond here are some excellent bonus tracks including previously unreleased versions of original tracks.
'Bent Wind', an excellent red hot, guitar laden punker and the psychy 'The Chant' both recorded in recent years by the current incarnation of Bent Wind are also included here amongst the bonus tracks and prove that the current Bent Wind rock as good as the original
with these tracks fitting in nicely with the 1969 stuff.
Also included here, which really makes this package superb is the B-Side of the 'Sacred Cows' single, 'Castles Made Of Sand' so you now have virtually everything by this infamous Canadian psych band all on one CD!!

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Bent Wind can be found at www.bentwind.com
and Green Tree Records at www.green-tree-records.de

Reviewed by pOoTer - February 2002

 

Joe Byrd and The Field Hippies - The American Metaphysical Circus

1969

Columbia CBS 7317

Track List:

Kalyani, You Cant’ Ever Come Down, Moonsong - Pelog, Patriot’s Lullabye, Nightmare Train, Invisible Man, Mister 4th of July, Gospel Music, The Sing-Along Song, The Elephant At The Door, Leisure World, The Sing-Along Song (Reprise)

Review:

A lot of people overlook that this is a concept album about death, dying and decline.
The deaths (or invitations to death) are 60s current-event related -- death by ghetto violence, by the Vietnam War, or by taking LSD and jumping out the window. What? you might ask. When on the album does someone take LSD and jump out a window?

Maybe they don’t, but maybe they do. This album is open to myriad interpretations.  The first words on the album are the chant, “Waiting to die,” the end product of a contemplative or drug-induced trance from which immediately springs the song “You Can Never Come Down.” Come down from acid? Sure, that’s the initial interpretation. After all, she tells him that he’s “Trapped on a mountain nobody can climb.” But how about if she were alluringly singing that he can’t come down if he jumped out the window?

   “Come fly, angel, come fly gentle
   Over your lady’s heathered meadow”

With Susan de Longe’s incomparably seductive voice, a sexual interpretation here is initially unavoidable, especially given some of the other lyrics.  But do women generally seduce men who can never come down?   (I suppose one could see him as being unable to come down from great success, but it doesn’t fit the attitude of the album.)  Her last words to him are

   “Come fly with me
   Come die with me”

My preferred interpretation here is that she is illusory, the voice of LSD, enticing him to die, which he has been waiting for since before the song began. It is possible that she’s inviting him to have an orgasm -- which the French call “petite morte,” or little death.  Or perhaps she’s telling him to grow old with her until death.

Indeed, most of Side Two is taken up with songs about old age.   Or, to put it another way, about not dying young. Some people don’t like side two, which at times is like listening to The Firesign Theatre with much blacker comedy. (A great comic moment from Side One: No one remembers President Johnson’s name in Johnson City.) This band is not above playing
nursing home music and doing a mock commercial for a retirement community, depicting Victoria Bond, another of the band’s singers, as a senior citizen, to make their point about living and dying, regardless of how unhip the sound.

Side Two is indeed blighted with a supposedly gospel song that actually sounds more like Salvation Army music.  But as god-awful as the gospel song is, the side is redeemed by, “The Elephant At The Door.” This masterpiece of a song is both brutal about dying and cheerful about death. It describes an old person’s final decline in a way that could make you think
that jumping out the window on acid isn’t such a bad way to go.  And that going isn’t such a bad thing to do.

   “The things that sit and wait for you
   To stumble in the dark
   Will take the cobwebs from your eyes
   And plant them in your heart

   And sleep will come in different colors,
   Clearer than you’ve ever seen before.”

The album does suggest reincarnation, such as the reprise from the geriatric “Sing-Along Song” being played on a baby’s cradle toy, and the album’s opening sung line, “Waitin’ to die for the seventeenth time.” The 17th time of waiting or dying?
As with life and death, the rules are unclear and subject to interpretation.
Despite it’s flaws, which include a bit of instrumental aimlessness, this is one of my 10 favorite albums of all time, famous or obscure, in any genre.

Reviewed by WritingEd - June 2002

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