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Psychedelic Psoul (1967) - The Freak Scene


adj 1: producing distorted sensory perceptions and feelings or altered states of awareness or sometimes states resembling psychosis; "psychedelic drugs like psilocybin and mescaline" 2: having the vivid colors and bizarre patterns associated with psychedelic states; "a psychedelic painting" 3: of a mental state characterized by intense and distorted perceptions and hallucinations and feelings of euphoria or sometimes despair; "a psychedelic experience" --AHD


Etymologically meaning "mind manifesting," a psychedelic experience is characterized by hallucinations, distortions of perception, altered states of awareness, mystical states, and occasionally states resembling psychosis. Modern proponents of psychedelics do not define psychedelics based on their hallucinatory effects, but more often on their mental effects.

DXM, ketamine, PCP, MDMA (also known as Ecstasy), LSD, mescaline, and psychedelic mushrooms are common psychedelics.

The use of psychedelic drugs became widespread in the mid-1960s. Timothy Leary was a well known proponent of their use, as was Aldous Huxley. The fashion for psychedelic drugs gave its name to the visual style of psychedelia, and to a rock music style that became known as psychedelic music. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic

Word origin

Dr. Humphry Osmond a British research psychiatrist who coined the word "psychedelic," explored the therapeutic potential of LSD for curing alcoholism. --http://www.levity.com/aciddreams/whoswho.html

1956, of drugs, suggested by H. Osmond in a letter to Aldous Huxley and used by Osmond in a scientific paper published the next year; from Gk. psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + deloun "make visible, reveal," from delos "visible, clear." Psychedelia is from 1967. --http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=psychedelic [May 2005]

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Psychedelic soul

Psychedelic soul is a subgenre of soul music that thrived during the late 1960s and early 1970s. A blending of psychedelic rock and soul music, the style is best exemplified in the work of multicultural rock band Sly & the Family Stone.

Others, most notably The Temptations and their producer Norman Whitfield, War, The Undisputed Truth, and The Fifth Dimension, followed the path laid out by the work of Sly Stone and his band. Psychedelic soul led the way for a harder, less subdued sound to permeate through black music, leading the way for the mainstream funk music of the early 1970s and later disco. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_soul [Apr 2005]

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968

  1. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 [Amazon.com]
    That the most famous garage-rock record of all time, the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," is buried on the last CD of this four-disc box is very much in keeping with the spirit of the (often) one-hit wonders that people Nuggets. Here, "Louie Louie" is just another great song. An elaboration on the 1972 double LP, which is included in its original sequence, this set piles on dozens more great moments of inspiration, guts, chutzpah, and sometimes sheer commercial calculation. How else to explain the advice "Look at yourself" from the likes of the Strawberry Alarm Clock, whose idea of mind expansion seems limited to putting together two very vaguely related nouns--"Incense and Peppermints"--so their swinging Farfisa-led track will have something, anything, for verbal content? There's loads of such wisdom on display here, prefab and otherwise, usually delivered as rabidly as possible. (Try the Remains' "Don't Look Back," Mouse and the Traps' "Maid of Sugar--Maid of Spice," or the Music Machine's "Talk Talk," which was actually a hit.) And remember: "The sky is falling / The ocean is calling / The world ... is spinning 'round ... and 'round." For sure. --Rickey Wright

Spirit (1968) - Spirit

Spirit (1968) - Spirit [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Spirit was an American jazz/hard rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967. The original lineup of the Los Angeles-based group was Randy California,(guitars) Jay Ferguson (vocals), Mark Andes (bass), California's stepfather, drummer Ed Cassidy, and keyboard player John Locke. The new band was originally named the Spirits Rebellious (after a book by Kahlil Gibran) but was soon shortened simply to Spirit. All but Locke had been part of the band The Red Roosters in 1965. California and Cassidy had also played together with Jimi Hendrix (then known as Jimmy James) for three months in 1966.

Ed Cassidy is notable as one of the most accomplished drummers in rock and was instantly recognizable by his shaven head and proclivity to wear black. He was considerably older than the rest of the group (he was born in 1923). His earlier career was primarily in jazz and included stints with Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk and Lee Konitz prior to joining Spirit, he was a founder member of Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.

The group's first album, Spirit, was released in 1968. Their only true hit was I Got a Line on You from their second album, The Family That Plays Together, also in 1968. They also went on tour that year, backed up by Led Zeppelin. In 1969 they were offered to open for Hendrix at Woodstock but turned down the offer. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_%28band%29 [May 2005]

inspired by Mojo compilation, The Roots of Led Zeppelin:
1. Little Richard - Long Tall Sally 2. Garnet Mimms - As Long as I Have You 3. Robert Johnson - Traveling Riverside Blues 4. Bukka White - Shake 'Em On Down 5. Santo & Johnny - Summertime 6. Bert Jansch - Black Waterside 7. John Renbourn - Nobody's Fault But Mine 8. Spirit - Fresh Garbage 9. Muddy Waters - You Need Love 10. Howlin' Wolf - Killing Floor 11. Blind Willie Johnson - In My Time of Dying (Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed) 12. Davey Graham - She Moved Through the Bizarre/Blue Ragga 13. Joan Baez - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 14. John Fahey - Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Phillip XIV of Spain 15. Owen Hand - She Likes It --http://www.turnmeondeadman.net/Zep/Originals.html [May 2005]

More Psychedelic Jazz & Soul: from the Atlantic and Warner Vaults (2004) - Various Artists

More Psychedelic Jazz & Soul: from the Atlantic and Warner Vaults (2004) - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Track Listings
1. Mortgage On My Soul (Wah-Wah) 2. Wiggle-Waggle 3. Baby I Love You 4. Lovely Is Today 5. Land Of 1,000 Dances 6. It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It!) 7. Live Right Now 8. Chica Boom 9. Hideaway 10. Hang 'Em Up 11. Brain Of Oskar Panizza

Album Description
Stretched out, trippy or simply out there, the common thread running through this second installment of 'Psychedelic Jazz & Soul' is exploration. All the selections here have a somewhat unusual quality about them, but are always...inspired. 'More Psychedelic Jazz & Soul' includes exhilarating, far out selections by the likes of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, & Freddie Hubbard, Charles Lloyd, Yusef Lateef & Eddie Harris, as well as the rare & sought-after Brain Of Oskar Panizza by Michael Bundt, & Chica Boom by Jimmie & Vella Cameron. --via Amazon.com

See also: jazz - soul - psychedelic

The Trip (1967) - Roger Corman

  • Psych-Out / The Trip (1968/1967) - Richard Rush/Roger Corman [Amazon.com]
    The "best" trip movie is also the best known: Roger Corman's classic The Trip. Written by Jack Nicholson and starring Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, and Dennis Hopper (acidheads all), The Trip chronicled the adventures of a young director of TV commercials who, feeling that his life has no meaning, takes a hefty dose of LSD and spends the rest of the film hallucinating his brain away. Corman, to better understand the subject, actually took acid before making the film. Along with 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Trip became required viewing for anyone into LSD. -- Jim Morton

    Psych-Out (1968) - Richard Rush

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    Psych-Out (1968) - Richard Rush [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psych-Out [Aug 2005]

    See also: LSD - 1968 - drug films

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