Category Archives: Psychedelia

YES-TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS-DELUXE EDITION BOX SET.

YES-TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS-DELUXE EDITION BOX SET. After a three month break, Yes’ 1972-1973 Close To The Edge Tour was due to resume on the 8th of March 1973. This was the fifth leg in what had been a gruelling world tour. The new lineup of Yes had criss-crossed the world, playing North America and …

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IKARUS-KRAUTROCK’S NEARLY MEN.

IKARUS-KRAUTROCK’S NEARLY MEN. In Greek mythology, Icarus, the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, who created the Labyrinth, met a tragic ending. Icarus and Daedalus were desperate to escape from Crete. So Daedalus constructed wings made of feathers and wax. As Icarus prepared to make his escape, Daedalus warned his son of complacency and hubris.  …

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PINK FLOYD-CRE/ATION: THE EARLY YEARS 1967-1972.

PINK FLOYD-CRE/ATION: THE EARLY YEARS 1967-1972. One box set that divided opinion during 2016, was Pink Floyd’s The Early Years 1965–1972. It featured eleven CDs, DVDs, blu-ray discs, vinyl, and memorabilia. There was everything from unreleased material to live recordings and non-album singles. The Early Years 1965–1972 was marketed as the most comprehensive overview of …

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CREAM-CLASSIC ALBUM SELECTION.

CREAM-CLASSIC ALBUM SELECTION. Nowadays, Cream are regarded as the first British supergroup. Cream were formed in July 1966 and were together for just over two years. During that period, Cream released a quartet of albums, Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels Of Fire and Goodbye. These albums sold over fifteen million copies worldwide, and influenced everyone from Jimi …

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JODI-POPS DE VANGUARDIA.

JODI-POPS DE VANGUARDIA. Innovator, pioneer and visionary are just three of the words that were used to describe German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. His career spanned six decades and nowadays, he’s regarded as one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th Century. Karlheinz Stockhausen was also one of the pioneers of electronic music, …

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THE STAINED GLASS-THE STORY OF ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO’S SEMINAL LOST GROUPS.

THE STAINED GLASS-THE STORY OF ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO’S SEMINAL LOST GROUPS.  Sometimes, despite their undoubtable talent, a group fails to make the impact their talent and music deserves. It’s only, much later, that critics and record buyers belatedly  realise how innovative a group they were. That was the case with The Stained Glass, who originally, started …

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THE KRAUTROCK AND PROGRESSIVE BOX SET.

THE KRAUTROCK AND PROGRESSIVE BOX SET. Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, the late-sixties was the start of a golden age for music. It continued right through the seventies. During this period, some of the most important music ever recorded was released. This included countless classic albums. These classic albums ranged from classic rock, psychedelia, …

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THE CHARLATANS-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

THE CHARLATANS-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. Between 1964 and 1969, The Charlatans’ star shawn bright. During that period, The Charlatans were larger than life mavericks. They dressed like 19th Century outlaws, and embraced the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. L.S.D. and pot were part of The Charlatans’ diet. It fuelled The Charlatans as they took San Francisco by …

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SPACE ROCK: AN INTERSTELLAR TRAVELLER’S GUIDE.

SPACE ROCK: AN INTERSTELLAR TRAVELLER’S GUIDE. Music like fashion is cyclical. One minute a musical genre is hugely popular, the next it falls from grace. That usually, isn’t the end of the story. There’s usually always a resurgence in popularity of that musical genre at a later date. This has been the case with countless  …

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MOTORPSYCHO-ANGELS AND DAEMONS AT PLAY.

MOTORPSYCHO-ANGELS AND DAEMONS AT PLAY. Nowadays, not many bands stay together twenty-seven years. Longevity seems to be a thing of the past in the music business. Sadly, so is releasing an average of an album a year. That was common in the sixties and seventies. Not any more. Very few bands come close to releasing …

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TIM MAIA 1970.

TIM MAIA 1970. For many musicians, choosing the title for an album can prove problematic. Especially, for a debut album. As a result, many of new artists and bands have gone done this route. This includes everyone from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band to Art In America and Ash Ra Tempel. Then there’s  Cluster, Dire …

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CANNED HEAT-THE LIBERTY RECORDS YEARS.

CANNED HEAT-THE LIBERTY RECORDS YEARS. 8th of March 1973 marked the end of an era for Canned Heat. They had just released their ninth album The New Age. It was their swan-song for Liberty Records. After six years and nine studio albums, Canned Heat were about leave Liberty Records. They  had managed to negotiate their release from …

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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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