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    Posted: October 19 2007 at 23:31
Whats your favourite/Essential psychedelia albums ever and state your reasons.
 
The Reason i ask I've just been listening to The Rolling Stones - Satanic Majesties request.I've only listening to a few times and already i know i'm going to be very fond of this album.
 
I'll post my favourites soon as well when it's not half past four in the morning lol


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 03:13

1) An Electric Storm - White Noise - Outstanding psychedelia, a bit late in the day (1969), but decades ahead of its time. The first track, "Love Without Sound" is an absolute killer, and while there are some dodgy humourous tracks on here, there's also some grade A material.

2) Cauldron - Fifty Foot Hose - Here's where space rock starts, with whooshes and bleeps and all kinds of wooey noises - and one or two great songs too, like "Red the Sign Post".
 
3) Electric Music For Mind and Body - Country Joe and the Fish - Just listen.
 
4) Think Pink - Twink - Hawkwind before Hawkwind existed. "10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box" is a masterpiece - and a tune Hawkwind based many a song on.
 
5) Tips Zum Selbstmord - Necronomicon - Unbelievably dark and twisted. Sure, a lot of it is based on Pink Floyd, as is much Kosmische music. Don't let the cheap production and raw execution put you off - under the "right" conditions, this one will jolt you out of your shell.
 
6) Conspicuous by its Absence - Great Society - Grace Slick. Say no more.
 
7) Ogden's Nut Gone - Small Faces - Are you all seaty two-square comflybold on your botties? Stanley Unwin transforms this from a great psyche-blues album into a corker of a comic rock-opera.
 
8) Revolver - Beatles - Beach Boys? Rolling Stones? Byrds? Who are they?
 
9) Space Ritual - Hawkwind - Massive. Stupendous Space Rock - try anything from Hawkwind between 1972-5. If Ian (Lemmy) Kilmister plays bass on it, it kicks psychedelic ass.
 
10) Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd - as with Hawkwind, there's a clear-cut deeply psychedelic period. From the debut up to "Dark Side of the Moon", all Pink Floyd albums have a deeply psychedelic patina. The strongest albums are Piper, Saucerful, Ummagumma, Meddle and Dark Side - with a special mention to Live at Pompeii. The other releases (AMH, Zabrieski Point, Obscured..., More) are less satisfying.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 05:40
Love: Forever Changes - actually , probably the first post-psychedelic album before psychedelia peaked, (to borrow from the eminent rock wirter John Tobler)
Soft Machine (i.e. their first studio recording/release) - and extreme melting pot of different musical ideas.
Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing At Baxters
Doors: Waiting For The Sun - probably the first album I bought that had a sense of being a pretty complete psychedelic LP. I bought Revolver the day of its release (having not had any other Beatles album previous - I was a devout Shadows fan - and Shadows fans always banged on about the inferior quality of the Beatles playing skills!!!) - the handful of psychedelic songs being a revelation.
Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (in its original form, a double ep)
Pretty Things: SF Sorrow Typical of psyschedelic albums; experimental, anti-war, stretching studio technology  (so much so that the the album's music couldn't be played live, without  the earliest use of pre-recorded tapes).
 
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IMHO, very much of its period and that's where it should stay. Amateur musicians (and non-musicians) jamming ala Give Peace A Chance - however, the amateurishness is so bad that the Portsmouth Symphonia sounds like the Berlin Phil in comparison.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 06:00
Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn (my first experience of psychedelic music)
Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (great songs plus Professor Stanley Unwin, brilliant packaging too)
Traffic - Mr Fantasy (You can hear the acid kicking in!)
and I totally agree with Certif1ed about Hawkwind!
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 06:15
This is a great introduction to the psychedelic ethos, possibly the best: London - Live 66-67
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 06:31
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 06:56

Lately I have been listening to a lot of Ozric Tentacles. They capture that early 70s vibe but also move the music into the 90s and 21st century. They also always have a great rhythm section.
They are one of the few rock bands that can really hit a groove.
I really like that Stones album you mention, I have heard some of it was a satire on the Beatles which you can hear in the overdone imitative background vocals on Shes a Rainbow. Sing This Altogether sounds pretty sarcasic too.
Its funny that in their satire they came up with one of their better albums.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 07:22
Twink - Think Pink (a very experimental album ahead of its time)
The Doors - Waiting For The Sun (my first psychedelic experience... musically)
Love - Forever Changes (so pastoral...)
The Moody Blues - In Search Of The Lost Chord (my second musical psychedelic experience)
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and Ummagumma (my favorite release from them)
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. (Don't know why...)

Pretty simple list although I'm more interested in the modern psych bands.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 07:36
Originally posted by Easy Money Easy Money wrote:


Lately I have been listening to a lot of Ozric Tentacles. They capture that early 70s vibe but also move the music into the 90s and 21st century. They also always have a great rhythm section.
They are one of the few rock bands that can really hit a groove.
 
Did I ever mention...
 
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Good call on the Ozrics - great band!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 25 2007 at 10:18
Classics;
Pink Floyd- Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, Ummagumma (the live disc anyway), Meddle (and the non-album singles; not just the three Syd ones but 'Julia Dream' and 'Careful With That Axe Eugene')
Small Faces- Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
The Beatles- Sgt Pepper, Revolver, Magical Mystery Tour (and a nod to the superb B sides 'Rain' and 'The Inner Light')
Love- Da Capo, Forever Changes
The Pretty Things- SF Sorrow
The Zombies- Odyssey And Oracle (though some might question its appearance here, but it's one of my all time favourites from this era)
Traffic- Mr Fantasy
The Incredible String Band- 5000 Spirits, Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, Wee Tam
The Doors- Strange Days
The Who- The Who Sell Out
The Yardbirds- Roger The Engineer (yeah, some of it is blues rock but you have some wondrous psych like 'Turn Into Earth' on it)
Jefferson Airplane- Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing At Baxters, Crown Of Creation
Quicksilver Messenger Service- S/T, 'Happy Trails'
The Byrds- Younger Than Yesterday, The Notorious Byrd Brothers
 
Obscure gems;
Blossom Toes- We Are Ever So Clean (very much in the 'Piper...' mould- their second album is much more serious and I find it inferior, personally, though not without its moments)
July- July (again, in the 'Piper' style)
The End- Introspection (very much follows on from 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake')
The Gods- Genesis (Ken Hensley-led band; Vanilla Fudge-ish but poppier, and you can hear the first flowerings of Uriah Heep's sound here)
Skip Bifferty- Skip Bifferty (lots of eccentric pop tunes)
Tomorrow- Tomorrow (a bit uneven but you can hear Steve Howe's excellence even on this)
Second Hand- Reality (a bit of a depressing experience but an ambitious album)
 
There are some albums which straddle psych and the first flowerings of prog- The Moody Blues' 'In Search Of The Lost Chord', Family's 'Music In A Doll's House', Vanilla Fudge's debut and their third album 'Renaissance', The Nice's 'The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack', Soft Machine's first two albums and the first few Procol Harum albums- which I really love too.
 
As for '...Satanic Majesties', it's a curate's egg and has some real stinkers on there ('On With The Show' and the aptly titled 'Sing This All Together (See What Happens)') but some of it genuinely works, IMHO. I love the Incredible String Band stylings of 'The Lantern', the mellotron-filled '2000 Light Years From Home', the pure-pop charm of 'She's A Rainbow' (which is on an advert here in the UK at the mo!) and the vastly underrated Syd Barrett-ish 'In Another Land' with a Bill Wyman vocal. Despite its dodgy moments, it's a hell of a lot more experimental than anything they've done for the last 30 years or so...
 
Will post some of my favourite psych singles here too...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 28 2007 at 14:48
are you experienced?-hendrix experience
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2007 at 08:32
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" - Pink Floyd

....it's the definitive psychedelic album.  Thank you, Syd. 
"and if the band your in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon"
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 01 2007 at 02:15
Originally posted by Chameleon Chameleon wrote:

 


You beat me to it lol.  Other worthy mentions:

Czar - Self-Titled (Lost gem of Psychedelia.  Monster riff after monster riff)
DOM - Edge Of Time (Most psychedelic thing I've heard!)
Jan Dukes De Grey - Mice And Rats In The Loft (Steady rhythms will lead to a freak out!)
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra (this thing has took me on a space journey in my head)
Orange Peel - Self-Titled (think Deep Purple on acid)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 02 2007 at 14:17
Im lovin revolver and spotlight kid/clear spot and most brian jonestown as well at the momment
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 02 2007 at 18:38
Porcupine Tree's Up The Downstair and Voyage 34
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