The American band Kaleidoscope was formed in southern California in 1966 and quickly became a fan favorite in the psychedelic scene due to their unique instrumentation and wild studio techniques. After three unique and acclaimed albums and a popular live career the band released their final album “Bernice” in 1970 on Epic Records. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? Kaleidoscope – “Bernice” (1970)”
The self-titled debut from Tin House (produced by Rick Derringer) hit stores in 1971, and at first listen you could easily be fooled into thinking they were just another heavy blues band. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? Tin House – “s/t” (1971)”
In 1967, Island records quietly released this debut from British band Art (formerly known as The V.I.P.s) produced by influential rock producer Guy Stevens. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? Art – “Supernatural Fairy Tales” (1967)”
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Hawkwind, especially in their early days, exemplifies the art and excess of rock music.
Aphrodite’s Child was a band that I discovered as I do a lot of music. Accidentally.
A group from Greece, they were a heavy dose of psychedelic with a hint of Greek traditional folk in the melodies. Their international fame was limited, but they became a sensation in Paris with a handful of early singles in the late ’60s, and went on to sell around 20 million albums in about 4 years. Continue reading “Aphrodite’s Child: New Greek Heroes”
Alexander “Skip” Spence’s mercurial contributions to the musical treasure trove of the late ’60s easily rival those of other legends of the era such as Janis Joplin or Jim Morrison. As with those artists his best creative efforts ended with the decade, but Spence survived the ’60s only to fade from the limelight. Continue reading “Alexander “Skip” Spence: Never The Same”
Maybe you’ve heard of Terry Manning, but I hadn’t until the last couple of years. I picked up his 1969 album “Home Sweet Home” because I liked his raw cover versions of some Beatles songs.
The album’s alright, but surprisingly it’s the least remarkable thing about him. Continue reading “Six Degrees of Terry Manning”
It took me a long time to appreciate Brian Eno. As a punk-rock loving teen myself, his ambient work just didn’t initially connect with me and I was completely ignorant as to his amazing production resume. My narrow mind was finally blown watching Velvet Goldmine, as the opening credits blared the wild layered guitar of “Needle In A Camel’s Eye.” It was a start. Continue reading “Robert Fripp & Brian Eno: 40+ years without pussyfooting.”
Linda Lyndell was a 22 year old Gainsville girl who’d cut her teeth singing soul on tour with a number of soul legends. Otis Redding got her in at STAX, and her 2nd single “What A Man” peaked at #50 on the Billboard chart in 1968. Continue reading “Linda Lyndell, rocking that Dusty Springfield vibe…”