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Recommended Psychedelic Recordings, 1966 - ?

(Underlined Titles Are Links)


"Let me clarify my use of the word, 'psychedelic' - it does not mean bad country jams that go on far too long while people play Hacky Sack in the parking lot and take drugs. To me, it means what it originally meant - the psychedelic condition. That condition is analogous to some sort of shamanic religious experience." - Don Bolles

The Basic List

Let's begin with a list of albums that, pretty much, everybody into this music already has, or at least knows about. This list constitutes the late 60's - early 70's base most collectors build their early collection on. These are all classics, and no interested party can go wrong with any of them.

Pink Floyd - Complete Discography 1967 - 1975 (PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN - WISH YOU WERE HERE,) including selected bootlegs (DARK SIDE OF THE MOO, BRAIN DAMAGE, 1969 BBC boots) and the 1983 WORKS compilation

Syd Barrett - THE MAD CAP LAUGHS / BARRETT / OPAL

Jefferson Airplane - SURREALISTIC PILLOW / AFTER BATHING AT BAXTERS / CROWN OF CREATION / GOD BLESS ITS POINTED LITTLE HEAD / 2400 FULTON STREET comp.

The Beatles - SGT. PEPPER / MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR / YELLOW SUBMARINE

The Grateful Dead - ANTHEM OF THE SUN / LIVE DEAD / AOXOMOXOA / GRATEFUL DEAD (live double LP)

King Crimson - IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

The Stooges - THE STOOGES

Iron Butterfly - INNA GADDA DA VIDA

The Seeds - RAW AND ALIVE / FALLIN' OFF THE EDGE

The Rolling Stones - THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST / "We Love You"

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? / AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE / ELECTRIC LADYLAND

The Byrds - FIFTH DIMENSION / YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY / (and especially) THE NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS

Tangerine Dream - ALPHA CENTAURI / ZEIT

The Small Faces - OGDEN'S NUT GONE FLAKE

Incredible String Band - INCREDIBLE STRING BAND / THE HANGMAN'S LOVELY DAUGHTER

Tyrannasaurus Rex - MY PEOPLE WERE FAIR... / A BEARD OF STARS

The Monkees - "The Porpoise Song" from the movie, HEAD

Love - FOREVER CHANGES

The Doors - THE DOORS / STRANGE DAYS / WAITING FOR THE SUN

Hawkwind - IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN GRILL / ROADHAWKS / SPACE RITUAL LIVE

Quicksilver Messenger Service - QUICK SILVER MESSENGER SERVICE / HAPPY TRAILS

Spirit - TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS

"..awright boys, let's get WAY out there, now...

 
Stoned Guitars

Funkadelic - MAGGOT BRAIN

The Jimi Hendrix Experience -AXIS BOLD AS LOVE:
All Jimi's albums are essential, of course, but I'd go out on a limb to call this one his most self-consciously psychedelic.

Azalia Snail - "Burning Sky" 7" (Layers of shimmering guitars. Notes in showers like rain. Click here for the best of two official sites.)

Paul Butterfield Blues Band - EAST WEST: recorded in 1966 and based on the marriage of American blues with eastern ragas, this was the first psychedelic guitar album.

Keiji Haino - BOOK OF ETERNITY SET AFLAME (Solo guitar pieces. Cathedral-like mountains of sound, all from one guitar, recorded live in the studio. Click here for Phil Freeman article on Haino)

Human Instinct - STONED GUITAR:

Aborigine guitarist Billy TK was the Jimi Hendrix of the Southern Hemisphere. He obviously took the lessons of the Master to heart and, on his albums with Human Instinct, took Hendrix's psychedelic approach to absurd new extremes. Not necessarily the greatest listening experience, but definitely the farthest "out" of any guitar psyche you're likey to ever hear. (I'd more highly recommend the album BURNING UP YEARS, which is a stone classic - ed)

Magical Power Mako - SUPER RECORD

Sweet & Honey - LIVE AT YOUR COSMIC MIND

Acid Mothers Temple - LIVE FROM THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE / MANTRA OF LOVE

Bevis Frond - THE AUNTIE WINNIE ALBUM (click here for Frond discography and links to extensive live audio)

Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Ball and Chain" from CHEAP THRILLS

 















 
Psychedelic Drone and Noise

"Melody does not exist at all unless one is forced to hear the movement from group to group of various simultaneously sounded frequencies derived from the overtone series as melodic because of previous musical conditioning. . . . It lasts forever and cannot have begun but is taken up again from time to time until it lasts forever as continuous sound in Dream Houses where many musicians and students will live and execute a musical work." La Monte Young, 1964

John Cale, Tony Conrad, Angus MacLise, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela - INSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE VOLUME 1: DAY OF NIAGRA

Terry Riley - POPPY NOGOOD AND THE PHANTOM BAND "ALL NIGHT FLIGHT" Vol. 1

Angus Maclise - INVASION OF THUNDERBOLT PAGODA / BRAIN DAMAGE IN OKLAHOMA (click here for Rene van der Voort article)

Midheaven's Angus Maclise Virtual Shrine

Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) - LEAVE THE CITY

Guru Guru - UFO

Hapshash & the Coloured Coat Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids

Six Organs of Admittance -"Manifestation 12" (click here for site_

Tony Conrad: JOAN OF ARC

Kawabata Makoto - INFINITE LOVE

Damenbart - IMPRESSIONEN



Drugged Out Bliss

Ash Ra Tempel - JOIN INN

Spacemen 3 - THE PERFECT PRESCRIPTION

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "She Made Me" / "Evergreen" 7"

Krozier and the Generator

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TRANCEFORMER, the brainchild of Australian occultist and magician, Geoff Krozier, is one of the wierdest albums ever cut to vinyl. Unlike most psychedelicized mystics, who take a benevolent, new-age approach to spirituality, Krozier is an old fashioned, slit-those-Christians'-throats kind of guy. Over the course of this two record set, Krozier raps his magickal philosophies, prophesies, and curses atop the Rainbow Generator's space-rock jams in a most disconcerting manner, sounding at times like Genesis P-Orridge's even more maladjusted kid brother, reading the excerpts of his therapy journal he kept away from "share group." The hand-written liner notes are some creepy shite too. The REAL "Satanic Majesty's Request"

TRANCEFORMER at Mutant Sounds Blog

Purchase the LP or CD here

 
Yahowha 13, Yodship and the Savage Sons of Yahowha

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The Source is a religious group based around the life and teachings of Jim Baker, a Korean War hero who, during the late 1960's, adopted the name, Father Yod, and opened a health food restaurant in Southern California. The young people who operated the restaurant with him formed the nucleus of his communal flock.
Many of Yod's followers were musicians, and the Source family recorded numerous albums throughout the early seventies, under such names as Yahowha 13, Yodship, and the Savage Sons of Yahowha. These albums were ceremonial jams; deeply psychedelic ritual music that served an important function in the spiritual life of the Source. As such, they are vital artifacts of their era, of man's eternal quest for spiritual transcendence, and of music as life-art.

Click here for an informative, illustrated discography

Gary Bearman's Ya Ho Wha 13 Interview - 2002 interview with main musicians Sunflower, Djin, Octavius and Pythias. An essential oral history of the Source.

Yahowha.org - Website of the Source Foundation -Keepers of the Flame

 
Pearls Before Swine

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Pearls Before Swine were a little known, but still influential band formed around singer, guitarist and songwriter Tom Rapp. During the late 1960's, the band were pioneers of what has since become known as acid, or stoner folk. Their first album, ONE NATION UNDERGROUND, mixes a few upbeat pop numbers with several more abstract pieces, which flow together like some sort of lost, Atlantian ritual music. Their second album, BAKLAVA, dispenses with standard pop altogether in favor of ghostly, evocative folk ballads punctuated by found recordings and other invocations of the distant past. After recording these two masterpieces for the ESP label, Rapp and company went to Reprise Records, where they recorded several other interesting, if lesser, albums before disbanding in the early 1970's.

Click here for RockMuse.com's Pearls Before Swine Page

Thomas Rapp today

"Perfect Sound Forever" Article on Tom Rapp and the origins of Pearls Before Swine

Forced Exposure's Pearls Before Swine page

 
Gong

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"Daevid Allen and Gilli Smith have been the primary (but not sole) movers of the Gong phenomena. Both have done solo work, Daevid's being a bit more extensive. Daevid's music is most easily characterizable as "unpredictable" perhaps because they have really disconnected from "normal" causality into some "other" logic. Early '70s gong was doing the progressive rock thing (they are all amazing musicians), sort of like King Crimson on 10 doses of acid. But they have never felt constrained to any particular style, so any given album may contain everything from chants to jazz to folk to almost punk to eno-esque music, with lyrics tending to be about invisible and/or green flying teapots, or some such thing. Truly a unique experience. They are still putting out stuff on a variety of indie labels (info available from GAS). Lots of people have been involved across the ages, including (around 1976) Bill Bruford. There have probably been about 100 or so personnel changes, and as many as 3 bands called Gong at the same time. (mojzes@monet.vill.edu)"

Planet Gong - the official website

Ritchie Unterberger's interview with Daevid Allen


13th Floor Elevators

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"Since Aristotle, man has organized his knowledge vertically in separate and unrelated groups -- Science, Religion, Sex, Relaxation, Work etc. The main emphasis in his language, his system of storing knowledge, has been on the identification of objects rather than on the relationships between objects. He is now forced to use his tools of reasoning separately and for one situation at a time. Had man been able to see past this hypnotic way of thinking, to distrust it (as did Einstein), and to resystematize his knowledge so that it would all be related horizontally, he would now enjoy the perfect sanity which comes from being able to deal with his life in its entirety.

Recently, it has become possible for man to chemically alter his mental state and thus alter his point of view (that is, his own basic relation with the outside world which determines how he stores his information). He can restructure his thinking and change his language so that his thoughts bear more relation to his life and his problems, therefore approaching them more sanely.

It is this quest for pure sanity that forms the basis of the songs on this album."

--Quote from the liner notes of The Psychedelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators

13th Floor Elevators Discography

Interview with the elevators

Roky Erickson FAQ

 
Misc. Recordings of Interest

Nomadia - RANGE OF VISION

Ruth White - FLOWERS OF EVIL / TRUMPS FROM THE TAROT CARD AND PINIONS

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - "The Smell of Incense" (Video)

The Third Bardo - "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time" (the spaciest garage rock ever conceived) (Video)

Ghost - TURN ON, TUNE IN, FREE TIBET

Keith Jarrett - SPHERES (hymns, drones and entrancing note clusters played on a centuries old German pipe organ)

Sonic Youth - "Hits of Sunshine (For Allen Ginsberg" ) (from 1,000 LEAVES)

Animal Collective - "The Softest Voice" from SUNG TONGS

Lichens: THE PSYCHIC NATURE OF BEING

White Magic - "Don't Need"

Legendary Pink Dots - "Princess Coldheart" 12" (Syd Barret-like dark whimsy)

Bardo Pond - SET AND SETTING ( not the best band, overall, but quite effective when lost in extended wah wah freak out mode)

BRIAN JONES PRESENTS THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA

Bomb - "Gigi" from TO ELVIS IN HELL (Journey to the Center of a Bad Trip)

V3 - "To Breathe No More" (creepy space keyboard dirge)

Happy Flowers - "Mr. Fuck" (raga from LASTERDAY I WAS BEEN BAD)

Beastie Boys - "Shambala" from ILL COMMUNICATION (Beasties rap about Buddhism over monk chants and bells. AMAZING)

Ammon Duul II - "Hawknose Harlequin" (from CARNIVAL IN BABYLON)

The Smoke - "My Friend Jack" (60's fuzz pop hit)

The Pink Faeries - NEVER NEVER LAND

Tommy Roe - "Paisley Dreams" (Essential, candy-ass psyche-pop cash-in)

Praxis - TRANSMUTATION / Axiom Funk - "If the Six Was Nine"

Laibach - "Across the Universe" (Beatles cover from LET IT BE. Sung by Slovenian girl's choir)

Shagrat LP (Demented hobbit psyche)

Opal - HAPPY NIGHTMARE, BABY (Moody, Doors-like atmospheres and wylde organ/guitar work outs. Evolved into Mazzy Star after this album)

John's Children - "Smashed, Blocked" ( The most insane psyche - pop single ever released.

Pretty Things - SF SORROW (tripping thru the daisies with razor blades glued between your toes.

Sam Gopal - "The Dark Lord" (from ESCULATOR. Dark Raga rock featuring an 18-year-old, pre-Hawkwind Lemmy)

Butthole Surfers - "Cherub" (from PSYCHIC..POWERLESS...) / "Jimi" (from HAIRWAY TO STEVEN)

Kawabata Makoto - EARLY WORKS

Taj Mahal Travellers - AUGUST 1974
http://rapidshare.de/files/10933372/taj1.rar
http://rapidshare.de/files/10934396/taj2.rar

Kraftwerk - "Radio Land" from RADIOACTIVITY (Ash Ra Tempel inspired space rock)

The Fugs - "The Garden is Open" from TENDERNESS JUNCTION (Heavy acid guitar bliss from the Reprise period.)



General Links

"Psychedelia in Japan"

Forced Exposure search for "Psychedelic"