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    Classics of Psychedelia 1965-1970

    With the virus I'm currently unemployed and have much more time on my hands. I'm one of the old proggers here. In 1965 I was 11 years old and already a music nut thanks to the Beatles. But the renaissance (no pun) in music that unfolded in the next 5 years was amazing. Pop and blues to psychedelic to what was then called hard rock and eventually prog. What occurred in the psychedelic scene basically changed music forever. Was it just Bob Dylan's mantra of the times changing, the drugs, or both? This list does contain many songs about drugs or have references to them whether pot, LSD, or both. All know is that it was a leap forward in music. And a very exciting time to be alive. So I've been assembling some new playlists of songs and bands that profoundly changed my life. I'm interested in groups and songs that I either forgot about or never really investigated or even heard. Here's a list of many of the songs and artists that still affect me to this day. These are in no particular order. And I could not mention just one song by many of the artists listed. What other songs would you other old timers here consider as essential to that era?

    DONOVAN-Sunny Goodge Street
    JEFFERSON AIRPLANE-White Rabbit
    THE DOORS: You're Lost Little Girl
    THE BEATLES: Strawberry Fields Forever
    THE BYRDS: Eight Miles High
    THE AMBOY DUKES: Journey To The Center Of the Mind
    THE ROLLING STONES: 2000 Light Years From Home
    THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS: Time Has Come Today
    SPIRIT: 1984
    LEMON PIPERS: Green Tambourine
    THE SMALL FACES: Itchycoo Park
    PINK FLOYD: Astronomy Domine
    ELECTRIC PRUNES: I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
    THE LEFT BANKE: Pretty Ballerina
    THE WHO: I Can See For Miles
    CREAM: Strange Brew
    LOVE: 7 & 7 Is
    THE YARDBIRDS: Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
    ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS: Sky Pilot
    DONOVAN: Hurdy Gurdy Man
    STEPPENWOLF: The Pusher
    ZOMBIES: Time Of The Season
    THE SEEDS: Travel With Your Mind
    THE MOODY BLUES: Legend Of A Mind
    THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: Love Or Confusion
    THE BEATLES: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    SPIRIT: Mechanical World
    THE BYRDS: Renaissance Fair
    THE ROLLING STONES: In Another Land
    THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song
    THE DOORS: People Are Strange
    LOVE: She Comes In Colors
    THE MOODY BLUES: Tuesday Afternoon
    PINK FLOYD: Julia Dream
    THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: Exp/Up From The Skies
    THE DOORS: Strange Days
    LOVE: The Red Telephone
    THE YARDBIRDS: You're A Better Man Than I
    TIM BUCKLEY: Hallucinations
    13th FLOOR ELEVATORS: I've Got Levitation
    THE ROLLING STONES: Lady Jane
    KIM FOLEY: The Trip
    LOVE: Alone Again Or
    THE BEATLES: Tomorrow Never Knows
    THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: Third Stone From The Sun
    ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS: San Franciscan Nights
    THE BEATLES: Rain
    PINK FLOYD: See Emily Play
    THE YARDBIRDS: Think About It
    IRON BUTTERFLY: Unconscious Power
    KING CRIMSON: Get Thy Bearings (Let's All Get Stoned)

    I really could go on and on. There are so many more. But in particular, the above songs changed me forever, and I am grateful, and not yet dead that my youth was spent listening to these songs with new ears.
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    Nice list.
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    Some British bands you really need to spend some time on YouTube with:

    Motherlight (Bobak, Johns, Malone)
    Magic Mixture
    July
    The End

    From the continent:

    Group 1850


    There are others, but I'll stop for now.
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    Grateful Dead: That's It For The Other One, New Potato Caboose, Born Cross Eyed, St Stephen, Mountains Of The Moon, The Eleven
    Bob Seger System: 2+2=?, Tales Of Lucy Blue, Ivory, Doctor Fine, The Last Song (Love Needs To Be Loved)
    The Monkees: Daily Nightly
    The Who: Armenia City in The Sky
    Pink Floyd: the five singles and first four albums
    Jimi Hendrix Experience: Bold As Love, Have You Ever Been To Electric Ladyland, 1983, House Burning Down, If Six Was Nine, Spanish Castle Magic, Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice, Purple Haze

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    Fever Tree - San Francisco Girls

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    Tomorrow - Revolution
    Tomorrow - My White Bicycle
    The Creation - How Does It Feel To Feel?
    Traffic - Paper Sun

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    Good list. For The Doors I would add ‘When the Music’s Over’ (and the scream of the butterfly).

    Electric Music for the Mind and Body from Country Joe and the Fish is packed with classic psychedelic tracks (although darker than the typical fare of the time). The first album from It’s a Beautiful Day is full of good (gentler) tracks too. And HP Lovecraft had some classic psychedelia, including ‘The White Ship’, ‘Electrollentando’, ‘Mobius Strip’ and 'High Flying Bird'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munster View Post
    Electric Music for the Mind and Body from Country Joe and the Fish is packed with classic psychedelic tracks (although darker than the typical fare of the time). […] HP Lovecraft had some classic psychedelia, including ‘Electrollentando’,
    'Electrollentando' remains one of the most psychedelic tracks of all time. Along with 'Grace' from C.J. & the Fish' Electric Music;



    Or 'Colors for Susan' from their second album:


    Actuall, -all- of the C.J. Fish albums are well worth hearing, C.J. Fish from early 1970 being one of their finest.

    A third one which I will not post, but fits the realm of "ambient" west-coast US psychedelia, is 'Song for Our Ancestors' by the Steve Miller Band.
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    Psychotic Reaction - Count Five

    I Love You - People

    You, I - The Rugbys

    Can't Seem to Make You Mine - The Seeds

    The People in Me - The Music Machine

    Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - The First Edition


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    Some faves:
    The Head Shop - "Heaven Here We Come"
    Love - "Alone Again Or"
    United States of America - "The Garden of Earthly Delights"
    Kak - "Electric Sailor"
    The 13th Floor Elevators - "Fire Engine"
    Jason Crest - "Black Mass"

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    Silver Apples - Oscillations; You and I
    T.O.N.T.O.'s Expanding Head Band - most of the first (only?) album
    Technically not a psych song, but a Native chant, but Jim Pepper's (and his band Everything Is Everything) Witchi Tai To is pretty psychedelic to me.
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    Along Comes Mary--The Association
    Strawberry Alarm Clock--Incense and Peppermints
    Velvet Underground
    Buffalo Springfield--For What It's Worth

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    I don't see....

    The Beatles - I Am The Walrus
    Captain Beefheart - Zig Zag Wanderer, Electricity
    Country Joe and the Fish - Section 43, Pat's Song
    The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire
    The Doors - Soft Parade, The End, When The Music's Over
    It's a Beautiful Day - White Bird
    Jefferson Airplane - Rejoyce, White Rabbit
    The Pretty Things - Private Sorrow/Balloon Burning/Death
    Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly, In Held Twas I
    Quicksilver Messenger Service - Calvary
    Status Quo - Pictures of Matchstick Men
    The United States of America - The American Metaphysical Circus
    Alice Cooper - Below Your Means, Lay Down and Die Goodbye
    Syd Barrett - No Man's Land, Long Gone
    H.P. Lovecraft - Mobius Trip
    Incredible String Band - Creation
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
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    I dug out Introspection a few weeks ago and that's one of the better obscurities of the era. Very good songwriters and musicians, and Bill Wyman should have produced more as he did a great job on this one.

    In a similar pop-psych vein, I like Billy Nicholls' even rarer (originally withdrawn) Would You Believe? on Immediate.

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    ^ Even the reissue of the Billy Nicholls LP fetches good money. The original will set you back thousands, if you even get the opportunity. I've never heard it.
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    It has involvement from Steve Marriott on a few tracks. This is probably the track which has been on collections most often (with one of those 'spot the initials' titles):



    I've long been fascinated by the Immediate Records label.

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    As for Bobak-Jons-Malone, I'll have to dig out the CD I have which is a collection of the oddball Morgan Blue Town record label. Some of that album is on it. I do like 'On A Meadow Lea' a lot.

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    ^ The B-J-M album is my fave Psych album, along with Marcus -From The House Of Trax.

    That Nicholls track is good. Wasn't he a famous actor in Britain, or something like that?
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    ^You might be thinking of Paul Nicholas ('Cousin Kevin' in the Tommy film) who became quite a big name in the musical theatre world.

    Billy Nicholls is still around though, he's part of The Who/Pete Townshend's inner circle. Perhaps his best known song is 'Can't Stop Lovin' You (Though I Try)' which Leo Sayer and Phil Collins covered.

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    Hey, I just want to thank everyone so far for their input on this subject. Of course many mentioned are in my head, but others are just what else I was looking for, and will be a new experience for these now old ears. And yes, some I had completely forgot about. I just remembered The Grateful Dead's Casey's Song which I believe no one has mentioned. Good to reboot the old meat computer sometimes. A special thank you shout out goes to Udi Koomran. Talk about obscure? This set list on his You Tube video is a true treasure trove.
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    The Nuggets double album covered the US garage scene (which often crossed over with psych) fairly well. In the UK there were a few similar collections. There were hundreds of often one-off singles that were on major labels but flopped. I get the impression these sort of things are completely unknown in the US even now.

    Some of these collections were of (at best) dubious legality like Chocolate Soup For Diabetics and The Perfumed Garden. I think the Rubble series was legit, though. A lot of these are detailed here.

    http://www.marmalade-skies.co.uk/compsmain.htm

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