Unfortunately, things started to fall apart not long after the release of the band's self-titled debut album via a deadly cocktail of clashing egos the band didn't form so much as were assembled , too-much-too-soon behavior, fights with manager Matthew Katz who owned rights to the name , and crazy major label marketing stunts like releasing five singles off this album all on one day. By it was over, though they got back together in various incarnations every few years.
None of that can tarnish Moby Grape , full of breezy jams, killer harmonies, impeccable musicianship and a whole bunch of instant classics, none more than Spence's "Omaha. Donovan personified the hippy folk ideal, having spent time meditating with the Maharishi, living on a commune and making some of the era's great music.
He was a busy bee in , releasing both Mellow Yellow and this two-record box set that overflows with riches.
The first disc has the poppier material, including the shimmering, gorgeous "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," while the second leans heavier on spare, introspective folk. All this could come off as fey, pretentious posturing in lesser hands, but Donovan brings an easy confidence to this at times whimsical material, making the idea of dropping out and turning on an especially groovy one. The Doors' self-titled debut album released in January of is a near-perfect album, and quite arguably the band's best.
But its follow-up Strange Days released in September of is undoubtedly the more psychedelic album. The word "Strange" being in the album title and two song titles should be a dead giveaway, and if it's not, how about the song title "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind"? I'm not one to judge a book by its cover though -- the music here really is tripped out. That's the weirdest song on the album, but outside of bluesy single "Love Me Two Times," nothing on Strange Days is straightforward.
A lot of the album has this hazy, dreamy vibe that you can hear on the title track, "You're Lost Little Girl," "Unhappy Girl," and more. The album's best moment, though, is its minute closing track "When The Music's Over. No matter how many times I hear it, when Jim comes back in screaming during the "We want the world and we want it now" section, I get chills. Not bad for a contractual album is it?
In mid , Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding decamped once again to Olympic Studios to finish out a contract that called for two albums in the same year. They were armed with recording techniques Leslie speakers, wah wah pedals, phasing, panning that are considered normal today, but in must have been a what the fuck moment for anyone listening. The song's coda was apparently the first use of stereo phasing. As far as psychedelic music goes, there are Johnny Come Latelies, bandwagoners, and scene-stealers, and then there's The 13th Floor Elevators.
Hall also brought some of the Elevators' more mind-expanding lyrics, and his unique "electric jug" playing was as much a part of their signature sound as Erickson's powerful, ragged voice. Despite the enduring appeal of disco-era Bee Gees and Barry Gibb's incredible run as a hitmaker, the band's earlier years as a moody baroque act are still undiscovered country for a lot of people.
This album, which is actually the Bee Gees' third but first to get an international release , is resplendent with harpsichords, oboes, strings, and other such ornate instrumentation. Nowhere is this more striking than on single "New York Mining Disaster ," one of the more unlikely hits of Just about every rock band caught the psychedelia fever in the mid-to-late '60s and the Stones were no different.
They dipped their toes further into psychedelia with January 's underrated Between the Buttons , and by December of that year they ditched the blues entirely and went full Sgt. Pepper's with the release of Their Satanic Majesties Request. From the vivid album artwork to the experimental art pop, some considered it too similar to Sgt.
The band have mostly abandoned the album and almost never play music from it at their shows, but it's become a cult classic with psych-rock fans -- so much so, that psych revivalists The Brian Jonestown Massacre named an album after it.
It's a cult classic for good reason too. Pepper's songs at their own game. The mellotron and vibrato-vocal fueled "In Another Land" might be the weirdest song in the Stones' discography. They mastered psychedelia so much on this album; it's a shame they never did anything like it again. The Beach Boys' best album Smile should have come out in , but instead it was scrapped and in its place came the lo-fi, home-recorded Smiley Smile.
A lot of people felt underwhelmed by it and more just never even heard it , but enough of us saw more in Smiley Smile than the remnants of an aborted project. It paved the way for so much of the lo-fi, home-recorded pop music to come decades after Smiley Smile 's release. Without it, it's hard to imagine the existence of stuff like the Elephant 6 collective or even Weezer's Pinkerton , a rawly-recorded album by a Beach Boys-obsessed band that also drew material from a scrapped, more ambitious album.
Smiley Smile may have been a blip in '60s mainstream music, but it's a highly influential album 50 years later. It's also the trippiest album The Beach Boys ever made. And if the boys weren't actually high when they recorded "She's Goin' Bald" and "Little Pad," they sure sounded like it. If Smile had come out in , Sgt.
Well, for many many bands it was to emulate the whimsical nature of the Fab Four. After getting linked up with Yardbirds manager Giorgio Gomelsky they changed it up, took on a new name and made one of the sunniest, very British psychedelic records you will ever hear. What set them apart from the pack though was there was real grit underneath the whimsy. Much of the style can be attributed to the fact that the band laid down the tracks and then Gomelsky brought in session musicians to add a whole host of instruments and color, which is the magic of this record.
Unfortunately this joy was short lived; the band made only one more record which was not very good, and that was it. Bootlegged for years, this was finally officially reissued a few years ago, though you can still look for an original on the Marmalade label which will run you around bucks for an ever so clean one. Coming just months after Jefferson Airplane's breakthrough Surrealistic PIllow, After Bathing at Baxter's lacks the hits of its predecessor but it's a way better representation of their increasingly heavy and improvisational live show.
Surrealistic Pillow may begin with a sturdy rock beat, but this one begins with guitar feedback. That feedback leads right into "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil," the loudest song the Airplane had released thus far and still one of their very best , making it known right off the bat that they were a different band than the one that recorded Surrealistic Pillow.
Paul Kantner, the psychedelia wiz who would go on to write a sci-fi concept album , wrote significantly more of this one, and the more pop-minded Marty Balin wrote significantly less. Also, while Surrealistic Pillow 's best-known songs were brought to the Airplane from Grace Slick's previous band, here Slick and the rest of the Airplane were starting from scratch. The album feels more collaborative as a result, with the members' various personalities standing out less and blending together more.
With songs like the haunting, acid-induced "rejoyce," it's darker and trippier than anything the bad had done prior. But for all of the talk of how Baxter's is a more experimental follow-up to Surrealistic Pillow , it has a handful of psych-pop moments that could've been hits with the right push. The breezy "Martha" and the bold-sounding "Two Heads" are superior to plenty of what's on classic rock radio today.
The myth that Jim Morrison created of himself often looms larger than The Doors' actual music, and that's kind of a bummer. Rock mythology doesn't always age very well, and sooner or later we realize the "troubled artist" trope is not something to romanticize.
It might seem rock n' roll to live fast and die young, but it'd be even cooler if Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and Brian Jones and Pigpen and other Summer of Love stars were alive right now. Even if they were making shitty records or playing casinos, at least they'd have made it out of their 20s. It's also a bummer because beneath the deification of Jim Morrison is a damn good rock band. Robby Krieger's finger-picked, soaring leads, John Densmore's jazz-influenced drumming, and Ray Manzarek's iconic keyboard-playing which more than made up for The Doors' lack of a bass player came together to form one of the most distinct sounds of the s.
Whether they were making bluesy hard rock as on The Doors opener "Break on Through" or journeying off into acid-fueled jam territory as on The Doors closer "The End" , The Doors were a musical force. And whether or not Jim Morrison is truly a poet, he's definitely a great rock frontman. His wild stage presence, baritone singing, and ability to go from spoken word to a throat-shredding scream seems revolutionary in the context of and still sounds untouchable today.
Nearly all of his talents were on display on the band's debut album, which plays like a greatest hits. More than any other Doors album, you can hear almost every song of The Doors on the radio today and not one of them gets old okay, maybe "Light My Fire" gets a little old.
Much like how The Beatles' significance as songwriters is talked about to death, no one needs to hear any more hype for Jimi Hendrix as a guitarist. That said, if you put on Are You Experienced , turn the volume way up, and hear the feedback intro of "Foxy Lady" go into that iconic fuzzed-out riff, you'll be transported back to the first time you realized guitars were cool.
Like The Beatles, everything they say about Hendrix is true. No one could do what he could do with a guitar. He just made it wail in a way nobody else did. He made music out of feedback in a way nobody else did. You didn't have to see his extravagant outfits to know he had swagger; it came through in the riffs.
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