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    Default psychedelic music

    I'm looking for some psychedelic music beyond Strawberry Alarm Clock, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, cream, early Floyd, etc. I know the late 60s to early 70s spawned lots of groups, but I just don't know where to start looking. I've found a few group names, but no reviews of them.

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    umm... you didn't mention the Grateful Dead? Anthem of the Sun and (my personal favorite) AOXOMOXOA are out there.

    Try this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Zk9nB1TTo

    Also, there is (are?) the Nuggets collection(s), which include, e.g., the Leaves, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Psychotic Reaction... bands like that. Cool stuff at the interface between garage and psychedelia.

    EDIT: You also didn't mention the Beatles. British band; had a few records in the 60s. Two of them, Revolver and a little-known opus called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band helped define psychedelia for much of the middle-class world.
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    King Crimson.
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    If you want some psychedelic music not from the 60's you should check out The Dukes of Stratosphere. They are the alternate identity of the group XTC. The compilation of their two albums "Chips from the Chocolate Fireball" is excellent.
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    Try Strictly Personal, Mirror Man, or Trout Mask Replica from the Captain Beefheart catalog.

    Those are about as far away as they came during the sixties.

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    Don't forget Doors, Beatles, Vanilla Fudge, Electric Prunes, Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix and many more. I saw several of those bands live, but not the Beatles and Hendrix. I wish that I would have Hendrix.:(
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    Mothers of Invention! The first three are: Freak Out, We're only in it for the Money and Lumpy Gravy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by pmckeealaska View Post
    If you want some psychedelic music not from the 60's you should check out The Dukes of Stratosphere. They are the alternate identity of the group XTC. The compilation of their two albums "Chips from the Chocolate Fireball" is excellent.
    "Making Plans for Nigel" XTC?
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    Thanks for some great suggestions. I'll start my search tomorrow at the used record store and then expand it to online shops. Hopefully I'll get lucky and also find some R2R tapes as well. My Iron Butterfly reel is feeling lonely. :)

    I know my list of examples was pretty short. Just didn't want to create a long list. I pretty much have most of the mainstream commerical stuff (adding to my list above I also have: Doors, Vanilla Fudge, Status Quo, Quick Silver Messenger Service, Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, etc.). I've just taken all the suggestions so far and made a list to take with me tomorrow. Wish me luck.

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    I don't think Uriah Heep would qualifiy as psychedelic, but is from that era. I will also recommend The Zombies, Janice Joplin Tommy James and the Shondells, Herman's Hermits The Byrds and Steppenwolf.

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    Just to clarify a little bit (surprised George hasn't weighed in)... Frank Zappa was profoundly anti-drug (except for caffeine and cigarettes) and abhorred the hippie ethos. Freak Out was a pretty savage parody, as was We're Only in it for the Money (you can sorta tell by the title, especially if you look at the album cover!).

    Not that these aren't fine and important records; but psychedelia? I think not.

    Almost everybody else took a stab at psychedelia when it was the thing to do... e.g., Rolling Stones' 2000 Light Years from Home and the Who's Armenia.

    Also be sure to give a listen to the album version of the Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday with its freak-out ending :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9IzVbuGHXY

    EDIT^2: ooh, ooh! I forgot Daily Nightly! :-) Crap, I remember seeing this on TV when it was new...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfmQ6w7RW7k
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    I think one of the best psychedelic albums was the Quicksilver Messager Service.

    I still enjoy listening to them.

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    Try Iron Butterfly,,LP- Metamorpho--sis---Cut--Butterfly Bleu--13:57,,,, Ihave "personal" experience with this one,,eh,,back in the day,,,listen to it and post your thoughts--have fun---george
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    Just to clarify a little bit (surprised George hasn't weighed in)... Frank Zappa was profoundly anti-drug (except for caffeine and cigarettes) and abhorred the hippie ethos. Freak Out was a pretty savage parody, as was We're Only in it for the Money (you can sorta tell by the title, especially if you look at the album cover!).

    Not that these aren't fine and important records; but psychedelia? I think not.

    Almost everybody else took a stab at psychedelia when it was the thing to do... e.g., Rolling Stones' 2000 Light Years from Home and the Who's Armenia.

    Also be sure to give a listen to the album version of the Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday with its freak-out ending :-)
    agreed, The Stones did Satanic Majesties Req which was their answer to Sgt. Pepper. Joplin was hard booze bar songs, not psychedelic. Tommy James was what was derisively called bubblegum. QMS's original Happy Trails was SF psychedelic sound. Also some very good forgotten bands It's a Beautiful Day and Spirit- 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.

    I can hardly listen to any of that genre anymore these days. ;)

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    [QUOTE=mhardy6647;919454]Just to clarify a little bit (surprised George hasn't weighed in)... Frank Zappa was profoundly anti-drug (except for caffeine and cigarettes) and abhorred the hippie ethos. Freak Out was a pretty savage parody, as was We're Only in it for the Money (you can sorta tell by the title, especially if you look at the album cover!).

    Not that these aren't fine and important records; but psychedelia? I think not.

    I agree but I gave up a long time ago trying to correct people's impression of Zappa even though they had never listened to Zappa.

    As I uinderstand Zappa, he hated any type of characterization of his music.
    Also he never thought his music was Rock and Roll.

    Freakout was however very strange first album, listen to Help I'm A Rock for example.

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    Help I'm a Rock is great, as is Who Are the Brain Police?.
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    I think I remember Zappa during an interview stating that he was most satisfied with the recording of the Brain Police. He said the recording method accomplished his goal. He felt that most of his recordings missed his goals.

    Who are the brain police?

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    EARLY Pink Floyd. Umma Gumma.

    As the one chick said in "Pulp Fiction", .... trippy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    I don't think Uriah Heep would qualifiy as psychedelic, but is from that era. I will also recommend The Zombies, Janice Joplin Tommy James and the Shondells, Herman's Hermits The Byrds and Steppenwolf.
    Have all those (well the groups, but not all their albums). Love Uriah Heep's, The Magician's Birthday.
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    Cool, more to add to my list! Let's hope the record store here has at least some from the list. I'm sure they must. They sell hundreds of albums a day and have tens of thousands to choose from. Got lucky there about a month ago and found Al Stewart's Year of the Cat MOFI pressing for 9.00 mint.

    Thanks again and keep the suggestions coming. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigbluelight View Post
    EARLY Pink Floyd. Umma Gumma.

    As the one chick said in "Pulp Fiction", .... trippy.

    Definately Floyd!
    Dark Side Of The Moon was interesting to listen to when I was a teen and stoned! :D

    Want a whacked stereo experience listen to Interstellar Overdrive!
    One of the first stereo effect songs ever made I think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motzart View Post

    Want a whacked stereo experience listen to Interstellar Overdrive!
    One of the first stereo effect songs ever made I think?
    Hardly. In the early days of home stereo hifi (tape and phonograph), "ping pong" stereo was all the rage.

    If the topic is of any interest, check out sites like:

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    http://spaceagepopagogo.tripod.com/

    EDIT: This stuff will make the hardest-core acid rock seem like Lawrence Welk.



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    I think the three of us would agree that he wouldn't have been pleased to have his work classified as "psychedelic". ****, it wasn't.

    Quicksilver's Happy Trails was a great album too, along with their self-titled. Awesome cover as well.

    I had a thing called Fever Tree a long time ago. I guess it was psychedelic, cause I think they came from San Francisco. But I did too, and I'm not psychedelic. Country Joe & The Fish were trippy when they were electric and not folksy.

    I still say go with Beefheart. Even the first album Safe As Milk with a young Ry Cooder on it. Listen to the song Electricity, and then listen to the rest of the album. If you're not scared after that get Mirror Man and the live version of Kandy Korn (a song about tits). Wild stuff that almost defies classing those live cuts. Scary too. No ****.

    Hard Marky is right as usual about the spacy material and the early stages of stereo. I have a Frank Comstock "Broadcasting from Space" or something like that. Might not even be stereo, but it's wild. Check out a guy named Esquivel from back then. I have a few of his things and that guy HAD to be the one who wrote the Jetson's tv show theme song, which is a mega-song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schwarcw View Post
    Don't forget Doors, Beatles, Vanilla Fudge, Electric Prunes, Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix and many more. I saw several of those bands live, but not the Beatles and Hendrix. I wish that I would have Hendrix.:(
    You mean thees guy?

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    That looks like an Altec 620 enclosure to the left in the photo :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    That looks like an Altec 620 enclosure to the left in the photo :-)
    I can't swear that I recall. :D I do know a friend of mine snuck a reel-to-reel in in his backpack and booted the concert. It's been floating around the 'net the past few years, AHEM as per historical research, that sorta thing. ;)

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    ... massively multiplexed offsite archival storage, that sort of thing.
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    That looks exactly like the guy I saw a year or two before that out in Queens. Same 'do.

    I listened to Safe as Milk about an hour ago. 1967? That is one wild boy. If you like Zappa, you owe it to yourself to someday expose yourself to The Captain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Grand View Post
    That looks exactly like the guy I saw a year or two before that out in Queens. Same 'do.
    Oh, they was stylin' that night. I remember one guy had a 'fro so big, it blocked the 3 people sitting behind him. srsly.

    Quote Originally Posted by George Grand View Post
    I listened to Safe as Milk about an hour ago. 1967? That is one wild boy. If you like Zappa, you owe it to yourself to someday expose yourself to The Captain.
    Shouldn't that be, "let The Captain van Vliet expose himself to you"?

    Jus' sayin'....:p

    Me agree. Him very wild.

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    Yep, somebody mentioned The Grateful Dead 'Anthem of the Sun', and Country Joe and the Fish 'Electric Music for the Mind and Body'....supposedly they all listened to the album on acid to verify it's intended purpose, 'Quicksilver Messenger Service' both the self-titled and 'Happy Trails'. John Cipollina's guitar is the epitome of the San Francisco psychedelic sound, IMO. Definitely the Doors...especially their first few. Robby Krieger's guitar and Ray Manzarek's keyboards are definitely trippy and capture that era's psychedelic flavor. The S.F. band 'Spirit' is very trippy. Early Creedence Clearwater Revival...their self-titled debut.... , Buffalo Springfield, The Stones 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' and Traffic are all also very cool. Throw in some Ravi Shankar too.

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