Category Archives: Psychedelia

TIM BUCKLEY- LADY, GIVE ME YOUR KEY: THE UNISSUED 1967 SESSIONS.

TIM BUCKLEY- LADY, GIVE ME YOUR KEY: THE UNISSUED 1967 SESSIONS. Having released his eponymous debut album in 1966, Tim Buckley was told by Elektra wanted to record a followup album. Before that, Elektra’s founder Jac Holzman told Tim Buckley he wanted him to record a single. Then the album would follow. This made sense. …

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MIKE HARRISON-FROM THE V.I.P.s TO THE SOLO YEARS: 1963-1975.

MIKE HARRISON-FROM THE V.I.P.s  TO THE SOLO YEARS: 1963-1975. For Carlisle born Mike Harrison, the period between 1963 and 1975, proved the most  prolific of a six decade career. During that period, Mike Harrison was the lead singer of  The V.I.P.s and Art. They would later become known as Spooky Tooth, who signed to Island Records in 1968. Three years later,  and with …

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BARIS MANCO AND KURTALAN EXPRES-ESTAFURULLAH…NE HADDIMIZE!

BARIS MANCO AND KURTALAN EXPRES-ESTAFURULLAH…NE HADDIMIZE! Even some seventeen years after his sudden and tragic death, Barış Manço is still remembered as one of the pioneers of modern Turkish music. His career began in 1958, and continued right up until his death in 1999. During his career, Barış Manço was one of the founding fathers of …

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MIRACLE GLASS COMPANY-MGC 1.

MIRACLE GLASS COMPANY-MGC 1. Scotland has always had a rich and vibrant musical scene. That’s been the case since the sixties, and is still the case today. A look at the albums released during 2016 proves this point. The year started with a new album from Emma Pollock. After that, the albums arrived thick and fast …

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THREE MAN ARMY-A THIRD OFA LIFETIME.

THREE MAN ARMY-A THIRD OFA LIFETIME. Adrian and Paul Gurvitz were both experienced musicians before they formed Three Man Army in 1971. Especially Adrian. He had been playing professionally since he was fifteen. The guitarist’s career began in 1964, when he headed out on tour with Billie Davis, Crispian St. Peters and Screaming Lord Sutch. After serving his musical apprenticeship, Adrian …

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BLACK MOON CIRCLE-THE STUDIO JAMS VOLUME 2.

BLACK MOON CIRCLE-THE STUDIO JAMS VOLUME 2. Nowadays, not many bands announce that they intend to release a trilogy of albums over the next couple of years. However, that’s exactly what Trondheim based psychedelic space rock band Black Moon Circle did in mid-2015. They announced their intention to release three albums of studio jams. The …

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THREE MAN ARMY-THREE MAN ARMY AND THREE MAN ARMY TWO.

THREE MAN ARMY-THREE MAN ARMY AND THREE MAN ARMY TWO. All too often, a truly talented group fails to find the audience their music deserves.As a result, the band only releases a few albums, which are cherished by discerning record buyers. That was the case with Three Man Army, which was founded by brothers Adrian …

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LIGHTDREAMS-ISLANDS IN SPACE.

LIGHTDREAMS-ISLANDS IN SPACE. Thirty-five years ago in 1981, the British Columbian band LightDreams, released their debut album, Islands In Space. It was a captivating, psychedelic sci-fi odyssey where LightDreams explored cosmic ideology. This was something that had fascinated and enthralled the band’s leader Paul Marcano ever since he first encountered the work and theories of author, …

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PAUL MARCANO AND LIGHTDREAMS-10,001 DREAMS.

PAUL MARCANO AND LIGHTDREAMS-10,001 DREAMS. In 1981, British Columbian band LightDreams released debut album Islands In Space. It was a captivating psychedelic sci-fi odyssey where LightDreams explored cosmic ideology. Normally, an album like Islands In Space would’ve found favour with fans of psychedelia and progressive rockers who embraced cerebral, innovative and epic albums. Alas, that …

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COLOGNE CURIOSITIES-THE UNKNOWN KRAUTROCK UNDERGROUND 1972-1976.

COLOGNE CURIOSITIES-THE UNKNOWN KRAUTROCK UNDERGROUND 1972-1976. Within Krautrock circles, the words “Pyramid Records” are guaranteed to provoke debate. Especially since the rediscovery of the Pyramid Records’ tapes just over twenty years ago. This should’ve been an exciting discovery. After all, it wasn’t every day that a hitherto small, unknown private record label’s back-catalogue was discovered? …

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TIM MAIA 1971.

TIM MAIA 1971. Larger than life, charismatic and hugely talented describes  Brazilian singer Tim Maia. He was also someone who lived life on the edge, and was determined to do things his way. Tim Maia also lived life to the full. Especially, after the success of his groundbreaking eponymous  debut album. It was the first …

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JIMI HENDRIX-MACHINE GUN JIMI HENDRIX THE FILLMORE EAST 12/31/1969 (FIRST SHOW).

JIMI HENDRIX MACHINE GUN JIMI HENDRIX THE FILLMORE EAST 12/31/1969 (FIRST SHOW). By the time Barry Fey was booking acts for the first Denver Pop Festival in 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative bands of the late sixties. This made them the perfect band to close …

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MANUEL GOTTSCHING-INVENTIONS FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR.

MANUEL GOTTSCHING-INVENTIONS FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR. When Manuel Göttsching released Inventions For Electric Guitar in 1975, it was regarded as a new chapter in his career. Inventions For Electric Guitar was Manuel Göttsching’s debut solo album, and first album post Ash Ra Tempel album. Or was it? Eagle eyed record buyers having bought Inventions For Electric …

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MARTIN GREEN-FLIT.

MARTIN GREEN-FLIT. Lau are, without doubt, one of the most exciting and ambitious folk bands of their generation. They’ve been described as “modern folk’s most innovative band,” and have been winning awards, praise and plaudits since the release of their debut album Lightweights and Gentlemen in 2007. Since then, Lau have released four further albums, …

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THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES.

THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES. In 2002, Johnny Lynch was a student at the prestigious University of St. Andrews. He was approaching the end of his degree course. Most students would’ve been thinking about the life after University. Not Johnny Lynch.Instead,  Johnny Lynch began performing as The Pictish Trail in 2002. Later that year,  Johnny began …

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ARBEIT SCHICKERT SCHNEIDER-A S S.

ARBEIT SCHICKERT SCHNEIDER-A S S. For the best part of fifty years, Berlin has produced many truly innovative musicians.  This includes Can, Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra and Cluster. They consistently produced groundbreaking music which even today, is influencing a new generation of musicians. Since then, Berlin has consistently produced many more talented and inventive musicians.  …

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CLASSICAL GASSERS-POP GEMS INSPIRED BY THE GREAT COMPOSERS.

CLASSICAL GASSERS-POP GEMS INSPIRED BY THE GREAT COMPOSERS. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, songwriters have drawn inspiration from many sources. This includes everything from politics and poetry, to tragedy and triumph, even hurt, heartbreak and hope to controversy and current affairs, through to culture and classical composers. They’ve all provided food for …

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VENEZUELA 70-COSMIC VISIONS OF A LATIN AMERICAN EARTH-VENEZUELAN EXPERIMENTAL ROCK IN THE 70S.

VENEZUELA 70-COSMIC VISIONS OF A LATIN AMERICAN EARTH-VENEZUELAN EXPERIMENTAL ROCK IN THE 70S. Over the last twenty years, the compilation market has been totally transformed. Nowadays, the compilation market is bigger, with many more labels regularly releasing compilations.  A turning point was the mid to late nineties, when many small, independent labels began to release …

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ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS-EVERY ONE OF US.

ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS-EVERY ONE OF US. A lot can happen to a band in just four years.  In August 1968, Eric Burdon and The Animals were proof of this. They were preparing to release their fouth American album, Every One Of Us, which was recently released by BGO Records. However, a lot had happened since …

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THE DAMNED-THE BLACK ALBUM.

THE DAMNED-THE BLACK ALBUM. By 1980, change was afoot for The Damned. This wasn’t new. The last four years had been turbulent for The Damned.  Their lineup had been fluid since The Damned were formed in 1976.  Members came and went, and after the release of their most disappointing album, Music For Pleasure Rat Scabies …

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