Tuesday, July 31

State of The Union

As of This Moment

Stats for the last 30 Days...

Number of Downloaded Albums: 1, 963
Number of Page Hits: 3,316

Stats, galore...

Monday, July 30

July - 1968 - Second of July

July: "Second of July"

Track: "Look at Her"


Collection of rare unreleased material. This is more of a demo of the first album, but it is a very great listen. A bit unpolished, but if you liked the self titled album, you'll like this.

Sunday, July 29

Open Mind - 1969 - The Open Mind

Open Mind: "The Open Mind"
Philips, 1969
(Psych rock)

Track: "Can't You See"


Nearly bluesy-sounding at times, this is a very rockin' record. Had this band been around during the British invasion they probably would have been a smash. This is the highlight of my recent finds. "With a singing style rooted in the freakbeat era, rather than the operatic tenor screams hard rock ushered in, and acidic duel guitars, heavier than those of a typical psychedelic act, The Open Mind filled the gap between the beginning of one era and the end of another."

Saturday, July 28

High Rise - 1986 - High Rise II

High Rise: "High Rise II"
PSF, 1986

Track: "Wipe Out"


Psychedelic Speed Freaks. That is what the name of the record label means, and that fairly describes High Rise's Sound. "Monumental performance by Japanese psychedelic garage masters. Incredibly wild and tough guitar sound." This is where the other end of the psych spectrum begins, and it's just as good as every other bit.

p.s. Last update broke the record for # of album downloads!

Tuesday, July 24

Various - 1987 - Kraut! Demons! Kraut! - German Psychedelic Underground 1968-1974

Various: "Kraut! Demons! Kraut! - German Psychedelic Underground 1968-1974"

Track: Aero Sound - "Ready For Take Off"


Hands down, this is the best Kraut compilation there is. Made up of nearly every Kraut band you've never heard of, it is a great representation of the genre. Good for a kraut lover or someone who is only beginning to get into the genre.

Saturday, July 21

Bridget St. John - 1969 - Ask Me No Questions

Bridget St. John: "Ask Me No Questions"
Dandelion, 1969

Download track: "To B Without A Hitch"


The emotion in the vocals speaks for itself. Hazy guitars droning over a beautiful, somber voice. This album was produced by John Peel. This album was actually John Peel's first release on his Dandelion label!

Friday, July 20

Bill Fay - 1966-1970 - From the Bottom of an Old Grandfather Clock

Bill Fay: "From the Bottom of an Old Grandfather Clock
(A Collection of Demos and Outtakes)
Wooden Hill, 2004 (1966-1970)

Sample Song: "Warwick Town"


By request. For those of you who liked the previous Bill Fay album I posted, you will certainly love this. As far as I know, these are the only other albums of Bill's. Re-issued by the same label (Wooden Hill) as the Complex reissue. If you happen to have any other material by him, I'd appreciate it if you could send it my way so I can share it with everyone.

Thursday, July 19

Mourning Phase - 1971 - Mourning Phase

Mourning Phase: "Mourning Phase"
Private Pressing, 1971
(Psych Folk)

Sample Song: "August Song"


Dual male/female vocals set this record apart from most of its time. Kissing Spell Records: "The Mourning Phase demo-LP was discovered in 1992 and later sold for a 4-figure sum to a “collector”. It appeared to be a test pressing, dated 1971, with a hand-made cover. Lyrically interesting, the densely layered acoustic/electric music seems merely to serve as a vehicle for the love/hate relationship of, speculatively, the male and female vocalists. Cynical, misanthropic, (with and occasional cello), and a cover based on an impressionist painting. Mourning Phase is surely the archetypal home-made art-student LP."

Wednesday, July 18

Various - 1965-1970 - UK Psych Pop Compilations

Various: "Pop In, Volume 1 (1966-1970)"
Various: "Piccadilly Sunshine, Part 1 (1965-1970)"

Sample Song: Svensk - "Dream Magazine"

DOWNLOAD Pop In, Vol. 1 (92.9 MB)
DOWNLOAD Piccadilly Sunshine, Vol. 1 (96.25 MB)

Out of the nearly 20 compilations of psych pop I have, these are probably two of my favorites. There's really not a lot to say about these, as there are so many different artists (nearly 50!) and their sounds are very different in most cases. If you only listen to a few songs from these, do yourself a favor and at the very least check out the song "Dream Magazine" by Svensk on the Piccadilly Sunshine comp.

Monday, July 16

Various - 1967 - With Love: A Pot of Flowers

The Wildflower, Euphoria, The Other Side, The Harbinger Complex: "With Love: A Pot of Flowers"
Mainstream, 1967

Sample Song: The Wildflower - "Wind Dream"


This complilation is made up of only four bands: The Wildflower, Euphoria, The Other Side, and The Harbinger Complex. Considered by many collectors to be one of the most enjoyable Mainstream LP's, this compilation runs the gamut from mind-altering psychedelia to jangly folk to Anglophilic rock. The original LP of this goes for well over $100.

In other news, my internet connection has been fixed. Also, I plan to start uploading albums of different genres within the next week or so. Please comment with some things you'd like to see here. Also, let me know if I start posting too many things of other genres and you start to miss the psych albums (which I will still be posting, just not as often as now).

Sunday, July 15

Linda Perhacs - 1970 - Parallelograms

Linda Perhacs: "Parallelograms"
Kapp, 1970
(Psych Folk)

Sample Song: "Chimacum Rain"


Although many have written her off as a Joni Mitchell clone, I must beg to differ. Linda Perhacs' vocals are very intimate and bittersweet. Actually, the only way Joni Mitchell could make a record like this would be if she took a large amount of LSD. The multi-tracked vocals are one of the best things about this album. This is very good music that will calm your soul and possibly open your mind.

Greetings / Recent Lack of Updates

I just wanted to let all of you know that the reason for the lack of updates recently is due to my terrible internet connection. I've been having a lot of problems with it over this last week, and hope to have them resolved soon.

Please check back often, and in the meantime take a look at these blogs:

Wednesday, July 11

Heron - 1970 - Heron

Heron: "Heron"
Dawn, 1970

Sample Song: "Smiling Ladies"

DOWNLOAD (157.75 MB)

A folk-based band whose music also had a tinge of soul. They remained obscure at the time but the "See For Miles" compilation, which compiles material from their two albums on the Dawn label, suggests that perhaps they deserved better.
Most of their material was self-penned aside from cover versions of Woody Guthrie's Sally Goodin and The Great Dust Storm, and on the whole, their gentle love songs have aged well.

*The last 7 tracks on this album are bonuses that were not included on the original release.

P.S. To you psych lovers, don't fret. I have recently stumbled upon 17 rare psych records that I will be posting to this blog within the next few weeks. Very exciting times!

Sunday, July 8

Michael Hoenig - Departure From The Northern Wasteland

Michael Hoenig: "Departure From The Northern Wasteland"
Kuckuck, 1977
(Progressive Electronic)

Sample Song: "Sun and Moon"


Michael Hoenig was one of many composers (one of the few great) to emerge from the underground electronic scene thriving in Germany during the 60s and 70s.
In the early 70s he became a member of the Kraut band Agitation Free, and gained much deserved notoriety. After a short run with Tangerine Dream, Hoenig went on to create what is considered by many to be one of the most important albums to come out of the German electronic movement. He now resides in Los Angeles, California, where he has a career as a composer of film scores.

Tuesday, July 3

Fairfield Parlour (Kaleidoscope) - 1970 - From Home to Home

Fairfield Parlour: "From Home to Home"
Vertigo, 1970
(Psych pop)

DOWNLOAD (138.13 MB)

The story goes, around 1969 after Kaleidoscope had released two albums on the Fontana label, the band had disputes with the record label and left. They were not able to take along their name, so they became Fairfield Parlour. Compared to the Tangerine Dream album, From Home To Home shows maturity in the bands sound. It is much more mellow and the musicianship is much more precise. If you like Kaleidoscope, you will more than likely enjoy this album.

Peter Daltrey's Myspace page. I urge you to send him a message on there telling him what you think of his work, if you feel inclined to do so. I did and received a response.

Monday, July 2

Ferris Wheel - 1974 - Supernatural Girl

Ferris Wheel: "Supernatural Girl"
(Lo-Fi Psych folk)

Sample Song: "Flowers"


This is an extremely catchy record. The recording is lo-fi, but that only adds to the music. The album is a private pressing from 1974 that was only recently discovered. "Dark and broody electric folk with a weird dreamy atmosphere." Only one known surviving copy of the original vinyl LP. A kind of album that is perfect when you need sad songs on a rainy day.

Sunday, July 1

Growing Concern - 1968 - The Growing Concern

Growing Concern: "The Growing Concern"
Mainstream, 1968
(Psych pop)

Sample Song: "Hard Hard Year"

DOWNLOAD (84.15 MB) .zip

This album was first released on Bob Shad's Mainstream label and re-released by Radioactive Records in 2004. After the album's initial release the group was dropped from the Mainstream label. It seems like it is finally starting to receive much-deserved appreciation. "The support of vocalists Bonnie MacDonald and Mary Garstki are an intrinsic part of the band's distinctive sound, and the songs contributed by organist Dan Passaglia, bassist John Pedley and guitarist Ralph Toms are more than equal to the offerings from more illustrious contemporaries." The recording quality of this album is outstanding given the time and circumstances. The musical and vocal quality also shine brightly on this record. Although I have not been able to find it on sale anywhere that isn't on backorder, this is a must listen!