Category Archives: Psychedelia

GURU GURU-GURU GURU-VINYL EDITION.

GURU GURU-GURU GURU-VINYL EDITION. By the late sixties, the members of many British and American bands were well on their way to becoming multi-millionaires. Especially groups like The Beatles and Rolling Stones. They had been at the top for the best part of a decade, and were now enjoying wealth beyond their wildest dreams.  To …

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CAMERA-PHANTOM OF LIBERTY.

CAMERA-PHANTOM OF LIBERTY. Ever since the late-sixties, Berlin has been home to some of the most innovative bands in German musical history. That was the case from the time when all the freelance musicians in the city found their way to Zodiak Free Arts Lab, in West Berlin. That was a meeting place for members …

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RICK REDBEARD-AWAKE UNTO.

RICK REDBEARD-AWAKE UNTO. Music has changed almost beyond recognition over the last fifteen years. One of the biggest changes is how long it takes an artist to release an album. No longer do artists release  an album each year. That was the norm during the late-sixties and seventies. Indeed, some artists released two albums during …

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MOGWAI-SCOTLAND’S POST ROCK PIONEERS.

MOGWAI-SCOTLAND’S POST ROCK PIONEERS. Although Scotland have produced many successful bands over the past forty years, there aren’t many that have enjoyed the longevity, commercial success and critical acclaim that Mogwai have. They were founded in 1995, and since then, have released eight albums of pioneering post rock. That’s not forgetting the four soundtracks that …

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ALICE COOPER-THE WARNER BROS YEARS 1969-1983.

ALICE COOPER-THE WARNER BROS YEARS 1969-1983. It was in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4th 1948, Vincent Damon Furnier was born. He would go on to become one of the biggest names in music, after changing his name to Alice Cooper in 1968. After that, Alice Cooper’s career has spanned five decades and twenty-six studio albums. …

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DEEP PURPLE-DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK-VINYL LIMITED EDITION.

DEEP PURPLE-DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK-VINYL LIMITED EDITION.  Without doubt, the golden era for rock music was the seventies. That was when rock music came of age. It’s certainly when commercial success and critical acclaim came the way of Deep Purple. Between 1970 and 1975 Deep Purple enjoyed worldwide success. The album that started this run …

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JESSICA SLIGTER-A SENSE OF GROWTH.

JESSICA SLIGTER-A SENSE OF GROWTH. When Dutch musician Jessica Slighter released her sophomore album Fear And The Framing in 2012, many people could’ve been forgiven for thinking that this was her debut album. After all, Fear And The Framing was the first album bearing Jessica Slighter’s name. While this was true, Jessica Slight’s solo career began …

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SPOOKY TOOTH-THE ISLAND RECORDS YEARS.

SPOOKY TOOTH-THE ISLAND RECORDS YEARS. All too often, some bands don’t get the credit they deserve. That was the case with Spooky Tooth, who for a time, pioneered the use of twin keyboards. They lead the way. Soon, other bands were following in their wake. By then, the Spooky Tooth story was over. Spooky Tooth were …

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THE WILD OATS-THE WILD OATS.

THE WILD OATS-THE WILD OATS. Way before The Beatles burst onto the scene with Love Me Do in 1962, bands were being formed up and down Britain. Bands literally sprung up from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. This included in Leiston, a small, rural town in sleepy Suffolk. It was an unlikely place for …

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HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO-EVIL IN OSLO.

HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO-EVIL IN OSLO. Most groups choose to release just one new album at a time. That’s most groups. However, the Hedvig Mollestad Trio aren’t most groups. Instead, they’re musical trailblazers, who push musical boundaries, and in the process, create inventive and innovative genre-melting music. That’s been the case since the Hedvig Mollestad Trio were …

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JIMI HENDRIX THE MAN WHO CHANGED MUSIC.

 JIMI HENDRIX  THE MAN WHO CHANGED MUSIC. On the 4th of July 1970, Jimi Hendrix journeyed 100 miles south of Atlanta. His destination was the second Atlanta International Pop Festival, which was being billed as the second Woodstock. That was where The Jimi Hendrix Experience were about play a starring role.  When The Jimi Hendrix Experience …

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HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO-BLACK STABAT MATER.

HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO-BLACK STABAT MATER. Just over two years ago, the Hedvig Mollestad Trio released their critically acclaimed and career defining third album Enfant Terrible. It was hailed as the finest album of the band’s five year career. That however, is until now.  Currently, the Hedvig Mollestad Trio are currently preparing to release their much …

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DAMON- SONG OF A GYPSY.

DAMON- SONG OF A GYPSY. For any collector of psychedelia whose fortunate enough to find a copy of Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy, it quickly becomes one of their most prized possessions. Sadly, finding an original  copy of Song Of A Gypsy is another thing. It’s one of the rarest psychedelic albums, and copies have changed hands for …

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BLACK MOON CIRCLE-SEA OF CLOUDS.

BLACK MOON CIRCLE-SEA OF CLOUDS. Last year, I described Norwegian space rock pioneers, Black Moon Circle as one of the rising stars of the Norwegian music scene. Since then, Black Moon Circle’s star has been in the ascendancy. Their third album, The Studio Jams Volume I: Yellow Nebula In The Sky was released to widespread …

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DIE KRUPPS-STAHLWERKREQUIEM.

DIE KRUPPS-STAHLWERKREQUIEM. In 1978, German music began to change. The Krautrock era which began in 1969, had ended in 1977. There was then a shift  more towards electronic music. This wasn’t new.  The Berlin School had been around since the early seventies. It was also a precursor of ambient music, and went on to influence …

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TYLL-SEXPHONIE.

TYLL-SEXPHONIE. During 1975, a number of Krautrock’s most innovative bands released new albums. The year began when Neu! released their third album Neu! 75 in January 1975. This got the ball rolling. Over the next eleven months, many of the leading lights of the Krautrock scene released new albums. Harmonia released their sophomore album Deluxe; …

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INTERVIEW WITH HOLGER CZUKAY OF CAN.

INTERVIEW WITH HOLGER CZUKAY OF CAN. The word innovator is one of the most overused words in the English language. However,  Holger Czukay, who cofounded Can in 1968 deserves to be called an innovator. He’s also a fascinating person to interview. When I interviewed him, we discussed all things Can, Holger’s solo career and even, the merits of …

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THE COSMIC DEAD-RAINBOWHEAD.

THE COSMIC DEAD-RAINBOWHEAD. For over forty years, Glasgow has had a vibrant and thriving music scene. That’s why Glasgow is regarded as Scotland’s true musical capital. Edinburgh by comparison, is the poor relation. I dare say, denizens of Edinburgh will protest, and claim The Proclaimers as their own. That however is nothing to boast about. …

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ELEKTRO HAFIZ-ELEKTRO HAFIZ.

ELEKTRO HAFIZ-ELEKTRO HAFIZ. For many musicians who have been part of a band, embarking upon a solo career isn’t easy. It can be a risky business. Especially if the band is successful, and has released groundbreaking albums. This makes embarking upon a solo career a big decision. Often, band members have invested much of their …

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DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT.

DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT. Nowadays, compilations of psychedelia are commonplace. Indeed, hardly a week goes by without another compilation of psychedelia being released. Alas, these compilations vary in quality, and are best described as the good, the bad and ugly.  The best compilations of psychedelia are lovingly curated  by knowledgeable and enthusiastic compilers. Others compilations …

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