Troubadours From Another Heavenly World
Recommended Psychedelic Recordings, 1966 - ?
"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
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
Quicksilver Messenger Service - QUICK SILVER MESSENGER SERVICE / HAPPY TRAILS
"..awright boys, let's get WAY out there, now...
The Jimi Hendrix Experience -AXIS BOLD AS LOVE:
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.
Human Instinct - STONED GUITAR:
Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Ball and Chain" from CHEAP THRILLS
Black Sabbath - MASTER OF REALITY
Black Sabbath - MASTER OF REALITY
"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
Kawabata Makoto - INFINITE LOVE
Drugged Out Bliss
Krozier and the Generator
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"
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.
"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. (email@example.com)"
"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.
White Magic - "Don't Need"
Bomb - "Gigi" from TO ELVIS IN HELL (Journey to the Center of a Bad Trip)
Taj Mahal Travellers - AUGUST 1974
Kraftwerk - "Radio Land" from RADIOACTIVITY (Ash Ra Tempel inspired space rock)