Category Archives: Psychedelia

THE REBEL KIND: GIRLS WITH GUITARS.

THE REBEL KIND: GIRLS WITH GUITARS. It was back in 2004  that Ace Records released Girls With Guitars. Featuring twenty-four tracks, Girls With Guitars it brought back memories of the golden age of the girl group. Record buyers were reminded of the sound of The Angels, The Beattle-Ettes, The Tomboys, The Daughters Of Eve and …

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ENNIO MORRICONE-MORRICONE HIGH-THE TRIPPIER SIDE OF MORRICONE.

ENNIO MORRICONE-MORRICONE HIGH-THE TRIPPIER SIDE OF MORRICONE. Although Ennio Morricone’s name is synonymous with film soundtracks, there’s much more to his career than that. This includes over 100 classical pieces that Ennio wrote between 1946 and the late-fifties. After that, Ennio worked at RCA as an arranger. He arranged over 500 songs, and worked with …

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STIAN WESTERHUS AND PALE HORSES-MAELSTROM.

STIAN WESTERHUS AND PALE HORSES-MAELSTROM. Having established a reputation as one of the finest abstract guitarists in Europe, Stian Westerhus decided to change direction. After three critically acclaimed solo albums and several collaborations, Stian decided that now was the time to go from solo artist to frontman. Not long after this, Pales Horses, an electronic rock …

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BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID.

BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID. Just seven months after Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album in February 1970, they were back with the album that defined their career, Paranoid. It was released in September 1970 and features three Black Sabbath classics Paranoid, Iron Man and War Pigs. They’ve since become staples of Black Sabbath’s live performances. They’re …

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A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE DOORS.

A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE DOORS. Generally, I’m not a fan of tribute albums. Far from it. Tribute albums are nothing new. They’ve been around since the fifties. Often, they’re well intended, but end up with what can be best described as a list of the usual suspects trying to kickstart their failing careers. Then …

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LINDA PERHACS-THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS.

LINDA PERHACS-THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS. Back in 1970, twenty-seven year old dental hygienist Linda Perhacs released her debut album Parallelograms. It was released to critical acclaim, but sadly, this psychedelic folk classic wasn’t the huge commercial success it should’ve been. Despite this, many people within the music industry forecasted a great future for …

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BOMBAY DISCO-DISCO HITS FROM HINDI FILMS 1979-1985.

BOMBAY DISCO-DISCO HITS FROM HINDI FILMS 1979-1985. Disco. Never has a musical genre divided opinion like disco. For some people, disco was  the musical equivalent of a four letter word. In their eyes, disco sucked. That was the case back in 1979. Thirty-five years later, disco still divides opinion.  During the thirty-five year period, disco …

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THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE.

THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE-THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE. In 1955, Sean Bonniwell’s life changed when he heard The Platters’ Only You. That’s when he decided to become a musician. Eventually, his dream became a reality, and he became one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the mid-sixties. With his band The Bonniwell Music Machine, …

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PETER WALKER-“SECOND POEM TO KARMELA” OR GYPSIES ARE IMPORTANT.

PETER WALKER-“SECOND POEM TO KARMELA” OR GYPSIES ARE IMPORTANT. Back in 1967, Peter Walker released his seminal album Rainy Day Raga, which was released on Vanguard Records. Since then, it’s become a cult classic. Many people though, thought Rainy Day Raga was Peter’s only album. It wasn’t. The following year, 1968, Peter released his sophomore …

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LOU ADLER-A MUSICAL HISTORY.

LOU ADLER-A MUSICAL HISTORY. Songwriter, producers, manager, director and impresario. That describes Lou Adler. During a long and illustrious career, that started back in 1958, Lou Adler has written over 150 songs and has 300 production credits to his name. Lou Adler has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Among them are …

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DR JOHN THE NIGHT TRIPPER-GRIS GRIS.

DR JOHN THE NIGHT TRIPPER-GRIS GRIS. The scenario that I’m going to describe, really happened, and demonstrates that even the most experienced people in the music industry get things wrong. It was in January 1968, and Dr. John completed his debut album Gris Gris. A copy of Gris Gris was sent to Ahmet Erteghun at Atlantic …

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THE SEEDS-RAW AND ALIVE.

THE SEEDS-RAW AND ALIVE. Originally, The Seeds started life as a garage band. That was the past. Music was changing. So were The Seeds. The Beatles’ had just released their psychedelic masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. This was the way music was heading. Hearing this seminal psychedelic opus resulted in The Seeds changing direction. Realising …

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MOTORPSYCHO-BEHIND THE SUN.

MOTORPSYCHO-BEHIND THE SUN. This year, Motorpsycho, one of Norway’s most successful bands, celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary with the release of Behind The Sun, which will be released on 10th March 2014, on Rune Grammon. Motorpsycho were formed in Trondheim, central Norway in 1989. Since then, Motorpsycho have become a musical institution. They’ve released over twenty-albums. …

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HARMONIA-MUSIK VON HARMONIA.

HARMONIA-MUSIK VON HARMONIA. Forty years ago this month, German supergroup Harmonia released their debut album Musik Von Harmonia in 1974. It was released to critical acclaim and hailed a groundbreaking, genre-melting album. Musik Von Harmonia saw Harmonica fuse ambient music and Krautcock. This was unheard of, and akin to a musical revolution. Mind you, that’s …

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SWAMP DOGG-RAT ON!

SWAMP DOGG-RAT ON! It’s not the music that Swamp Dogg’s 1971 sophomore album Rat On! is remembered for. Instead, it’s remember for having one of the worst album covers of all time. Rat On! features Swamp Dogg sitting on the back of an oversized white rat. That epitomises Swamp Dogg since his lysergic awakening.  As …

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NEU-NEU!

NEU-NEU! There aren’t many artists who after leaving one of the most pioneering groups in musical history, end up founding another groundbreaking group. That’s what happened to Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother. They had both been members of Kraftwerk, but left in 1971. After leaving Kraftwerk, they founded Neu, another German Kratrock band.  Neu went …

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LARAAJI-CELESTIAL MUSIC 1978-2011.

LARAAJI-CELESTIAL MUSIC 1978-2011. Although Laraaji is one of the most innovative musicians of his generation, he remains one of music’s best kept secrets. That’s despite releasing nearly thirty albums. Many of these albums showcase Laraaji’s unique ambient sound. Best known for playing the zither,  Laraaji’s music is best described as a fusion of ambient, experimental …

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HAITI DIRECT.

HAITI DIRECT. Mention Haitian music, and most people will think of either voodoo or Rara. That’s two stereotypical examples of Haitian music most people think of. There is, however, more to Haitian music than that. Much more. Especially during the sixties and seventies. Back then, Haiti was enjoying one of the most rich, vibrant and …

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CAN-SOON OVER BABALUMA.

CAN-SOON OVER BABALUMA. Forty years ago, in November 1974, Can released the sixth album of their career, Soon Over Babaluma. This marked the end of an era for Can. Soon Over Babaluma was the end of Can’s golden period. This golden period began with their debut album, 1969s Monster Movie and 1974s Soon Over Babaluma. …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 2.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 2. DAMON- SON OF A GYPSY. For any collector of psychedelia, if they’re lucky enough to find a copy of Damon’s Son Of A Gypsy, it becomes one of their most prized possessions. Finding a copy is another thing. Copies are rarer than hen’s teeth and …

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