An Epic Masterpiece.
An Epic Masterpiece.
Just going to run this Masterpiece into Saturday Psychedelics ~ ~ ~
This song was never recorded in the studio and released on an album by the original group. “Moby Grape Live” was released in 2010 with previously un-released live recordings from 1966, 67′ & 69′.
To me Dark Magic was an epic jam and phenomenal start to San Fran’s hey day of psychedelic proportions and Skip Spence shined on it.
This band blazed out of Toronto Ontario with a debut single & album in 1967 called “Magic People”. Must of fit because they soon were playing at The Fillmore West and The Monterey Pop Festival in San Fran.
This is my ultimate and only favorite song from JA post Marty Balin.
All I can say is grab some headphones for this one. It’s like taking a trip without any drug, more satisfying as well. In one respect it’s like the song together is also in parts if that makes any sense. Between Joey Covington & Grace Slick’s opening eerie vocals, the magic of the guitars being played on this track by Carlos Santana, Paul Kantner & Jorma Kaukonen or the debut of Papa John Creach violin riffs as if they were talking to each other. The combination made this whole song a psychedelic bliss.
I will always remember this song as it hit the Detroit airways in 66′. I was living on the east side and although me and my friends still too young at the time couldn’t yet grasp the psychedelic aura, we knew we liked this new wave of strange sounding music coming out of our little transistor radio’s.
Everybody saw it coming!
Future latter-day hippies we definitely would become. LOL
A masterpiece that should have been longer like an hour.
In my opinion one of Ian Paice’s finest works on drums. The song written by him and Jon Lord would set the standard in what direction the band would take from this point on. This was DP third album that simply reflected their name, it would also be the last album that Nick Simper and lead singer Rod Evans would be on. But make no mistake the talents of both contributed much to the earlier introduction of this band.
The beginning of Van Morrison’s career. Of course many will just remember hits like “Gloria” & “Baby, Please Don’t Go” from 64′ & 65, then Morrison quit in 66′. From my view it was only then Them became quite interesting. In reality there were two ” Them’s” when band-mates broke apart. So then there was ” The Other Them”.
But this album and song were THEM.
Still following? lol
I could have posted their signature “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, but I always loved this song that showed a different side of their talents.
Unfortunately with each passing day our youth that moves farther and farther away, we are reminded of how old our generation has gotten. Thus another musician has left us and now with bassist Lee Dorman’s passing at the age of 70 we’re a little more empty but grateful for the trip he gave us while he was here.
Something our Woodstock Nation will always treasure.
Iron Butterfly gave us so much more than “In The Garden Of Eden”.
We may have aged but the memories will never be left behind.
Thank You Lee and a Peaceful Journey.
And people thought that it was some magical mystery tour that had brought the mid 60s into another realm. So untrue for their were so many bands that had already made the music but didn’t have the name or the backing. Therefore they became sad casualties in the frantic ever-changing music business. Forming in Riverside, Ca. this band moved to London very early on before the British Invasion had even happened here. They had only released 7 singles (one album side to “Before The Dream Faded”) there before deported (long story via drafts, without working papers, more drafts, France, etc…) back to the States.
The group already had made their mark with “I Can Take You To The Sun” and “Children Of The Sun” in 66′ that would top the list of best psychedelics songs ever. Then they were forced to disband in 67′.
Creem magazine in their September 2004 review, wrote “The saga of the Misunderstood is one of the most unbelievable, heartbreaking, and unlikely stories in the entire history of rock.”
Written by George Edwards, Dave Michaels, Tony Cavallari
Recorded May 11, 1968 at the Fillmore West.
Released in 1991
Why it ever took so long for this material to be released is beyond me. This band formed in Chicago in 1967 but soon went to the San Fran scene and fitted in perfectly with the psychedelic happening of the day. They became very quick favorites of the hippie masses and performed and toured with every major act known then.
One out of four songs that were featured in the 1967 movie, “Psych-Out”.
This one accompanied the last scene where the female deaf character (Susan Strasberg) gulps down an extra dose of STP and she flashes more than just a bad trip. More like a world explosion inside of the mind with everything around her igniting with fire. Buildings, telephone poles, from out of bricks and cement sidewalks. Spinning out of control then landing her some how onto a freeway with more fireballs blazing at her (I’m now experiencing this too, it’s called menopause), in realty headlights from cars.
One big exaggerated hallucination…. I loved it!
And the entire soundtrack was outstanding.
(Better late than never)
Recorded New Years Eve Fillmore West 1970
Written by Dino Valenti aka Valente, Jesse Oris Farrow
Dino Valenti – guitar, vocals
Gary Duncan – guitar, vocals
John Cipollina – guitar
David Freiberg – bass, vocals
Greg Elmore – drums
The beginnings of this band with Dino actually stopped before it even began as he was arrested for possession of marijuana and went to jail for almost two years. QMS put out 3 albums that did well with Happy Trails being recorded at both Fillmore West and East.
They were one of the very first innovators of the San Fran Haight-Ashbury psychedelic scene of the mid to late 60s. Cipollina and Duncan guitars lit up some magic within the muse each riffing off the other. Jim Murray was an early feature on guitar as well but left the group soon after the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. When Valenti got out of jail he joined into the mix and their fourth album ‘Just For Love’ produced the bands biggest hit with “Fresh Air”.
This band formed in 1965 and broke apart in 67′.
Danny Kalb – guitar, vocals
Al Kooper – keyboards, vocals
Steve Katz – guitar, harmonica, vocals
Andy Kulberg – bass, flute
Roy Blumenfeld – drums
Tommy Flanders– vocals
John McDuffy – keyboards
Flanders left after the first album and Kooper would leave after their second 1966 album “Projections” that would feature “Two Trains Running” and a song Kooper wrote “Flute Thing”. With Katz and Kalb following them after this 67′ concert.
This live performance featured a well inspired Kulberg giving the audience a total and complete hallucinogenic trip with his flute ride. John McDuffy who had replaced Kooper did a fantastic job ripping the keyboards on this song.
Written by Enrico Rosenbaum with intro by Bill Lordan/James Walsh
Released in 1971 off Gypsy’s second album “In The Garden”.
This former West Hollywood, Whiskey a Go Go house band produced only four albums (1970-73) but I have no idea of why?
Written by? Somebody in the 16th-18th century. It is an old traditional folk song recorded by multitudes of people along the way from the 1930s through mainly the 1960s.
The Animals struck the first commercial success with the song in 1964.
5 years later Detroit’s Frijid Pink released their 1969 arrangement of a more striking psychedelic version that got them Gold reaching the top 10 of U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with over a one million copies sold. It also reached number 4 on the U.K. singles chart.
Written By Nick Gravenites.
Recorded Feb. 12, 1969 at the Fillmore East.
Released in 1967… Lyrics Written mainly by Robby Krieger with some input by Jim Morrison.
Muse: The Band. Off the Elektra Label.
Jim Morrison -vocals
Ray Manzarek – organ, piano
John Densmore – drums
Robby Krieger – guitar
Cheap Thrills Style.
Released in 1968.