A Psychedelic Pick

UPDATE: I created a brief mix of what I think is the best stuff, you can listen to it on 8tracks

I stumbled across a nice collection a rock and psych records. Included in it were several pretty odd albums, here are a few that I found interesting:

Pidgeon – self-titled on Decca (1969)

The cover is pretty sweet, nothing like a PLT to grab your attention. I found the music to be a bit softer than expected. I’m not sure if this one will hit my table too often, but the cover is sweet. I guess the lead singer went on to back up Bowie, you can find more information about this out of print album at Time Has Told Me.

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The Seven – the Song is SONG the album is ALBUM on Thunderbird Records (1970)

The Seven album is pretty classic 60’s vocal rock group, with a few tracks which could appear on the next Nuggets release. Tell Her No, a cover of the Zombie’s song, immediately caught my ear. It is an up beat number with a strong horn, bongo and keyboard accompaniment.

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The Ceyleib People – Tanyet on Vault (1968)

This is a Vault LP reissue, and heavy psych with meandering guitars.

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The Orient Express – self-titled on Mainstream Records (1969)

The list of instruments in the liner notes leads one to anticipate a indian influenced psychedelic breakdown, and The Orient Express does not fail to deliver. There are a few really good tracks that might put you into a trance. You can read more about the album at Psychedelic Obscurities and Rockasteria.

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Hotlegs – Thinks School Stinks on Capitol (1971)

At first glance I thought this was School’s Out by Alice Cooper. It turns out it is by a band called Hotlegs, a band which I’m now a fan of. The music is rhythmic and folky, with acoustic guitars leading the way. This is the only album by Hotlegs, but the members went on to form the band 10cc.

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Freedom – self-titled on ABC Records (1970)

This looks and sounds like prototypical early 70’s psych rock, the songs are somewhat predictable in structure, but it is a good listen. With a little digging, I discovered the band was made up of a few ex-members of Procol Harum.

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Bull Angus – Self-titled on Mercury (1971)

The Bull Angus is solid heavy driving guitar rock, which could have been a perfect addition to the Rock N’ Roll racer game. It rips cover to cover. I guess if you are putting it in a box it is psych blues with a penchant for prog rock. Think Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad…..

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