Monday, June 9, 2008
The Devil's Music - Devil Dick Mix - At the Montains of Madness Psych Mix Vol. 3, Pt. 2
When I found out DJ Pres was doing this guest DJ mix thing I thought I’d put together a killer Fuzzy and Funky mix for him but when I talked to him on the phone he was all about getting some Psychedelic jams together…. I was more than happy to oblige.
It was pretty tough picking out the tunes in this mix because I could have gone on for days and days without stopping but I wanted to keep it brief and to the point and then I thought shit man, I have so many tunes I want to use why not do a sister mix!?! So I did!
I put together not 1 but 2 great sampling’s of late 60’s & early 70’s psychedelic music with some wicked fuzzy guitar tones mixed throughout, lot’s of killer organ work, some smooth but pumping bass lines and last but not least some trippy vocals and lyrics. Keep your dancing shoes under your bed for this one but bust out that bean bag chair from the attic and dust of your lava lamp, plug in you “Black Light”, break out your “sack” & burn, burn, burn!!!
So if you dig what is laying out here for your ears stop over to Flea Market Funk for the Twin of “At the Mountains of Madness Pt. 1”
Morgen - Welcome to the Void: "ABC Record's valiant attempt at the 'hip/youth' market, Probe, released many memorable LP's by such groups as Saint Steven and The Litter along with debut offerings by Zephyr, Soft Machine and Rare Bird, but none generate the frenzy at this late date quite like the quartet led by guitarist/vocalist Steve Morgen, first unleashed in 1969. Even before dropping needle on groove, the stark black-and-white sleeve with inset Edvard Munch lithograph, in contrast to the multicoloured hues so prevalent then, makes an immediate statement. And then the music makes another immediate statement... A foreboding bass riff and staccato drumming introduce 'Welcome To The Void', and for the next thirty-eight minutes one is hurled headlong into a vortex of dual-guitar overload, lyrically woven with romantic and Victorian imagery residing on a tab of microdot. Radio stations didn't bite on the single, Probe closed up shop, and the world became a decidedly sadder place."
Saint Steven - Gladcadova: Saint Steven is actually Steve Cataldo, who had previously been the guitarist and singer/songwriter for the minor late-'60s Boston psychedelic band Front Page Review. His 1969 album, also called Saint Steven, was similarly period psychedelia, w/ some Pop/rock and folk-rock sensibilities were sprinkled with bits of odd sound effects (animal roars, 1968 Republican Convention soundbites, etc.)
Eden's Children - Sure Looks Real: From Boston The Children were a three piece group. Larry Kiley the bass player and Jimmy Sturman the drummer were a constantly interesting rhythm section. The main songwriter/singer was Richard 'Sham' Schamach who was also a great guitar player. This cut from the 2nd album is from 1969. "Sure Looks Real" is nice Smooth vocal Pop that leads into an Awesome solo FUZZ ATTACK!
Lemon Pipers - I Was Not Born To Follow: The Lemon Pipers included singer Ivan Browne, guitarist William Bartlett, keyboardist R.G. Nave, bassist Steve Walmsley, and drummer William Albaugh. The group is best known for their number-one bubblegum hit "Green Tambourine" and several followups, all written by the team of Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz. The group actually wanted to play more psychedelic music; they only recorded "Green Tambourine" because their label would have dropped them had they refused. These guys get overlooked because of their "hit".
C.A. Quintet - Cold Spider: A major rarity and a major freak out record, C.A. Quintet's "Trip Thru Hell" is a spooky, murky, macabre vision. Genuinely original and chilling expeacially considering it's release date of 1968.
Fever Tree - The Man Who Paints the Pictures: Texas psych from 1968, the self-titled debut album of this unfairly neglected psychedelic band is an odd mix of slick studio work laced with surprising moments of eclecticism, from soundtrack references to hard rock worthy of the best bands of the time.
Things to Come - Dancer: Emerging from the glut of Southern Californian rock groups in the mid-'60s, Things to Come formed in 1966. Their original lineup included lead singer Steve Runolfsson, drummer Russ Kunkel (who would go on to become a top sessionman), and bassist Bryan Garofalo (also a future sessionman and a member of Glenn Frey's band since 1982). The group cut only three singles in their brief lifetime. This cut is from a 60's comp called "Speed Kills" which was made and sold to benefit "drug abusers".... heh...
Art - I Think I'm Going Weird: Classic but little known 60's Brit psych band that would later evolve into the much more know band "Spooky Tooth" released in 1967 this a "real" psychedelic record that is vamped in echo, swirling guitars, strong vocal melodies, heavy guitar riffing and great use of effects. Early & Classic indeed...!
H.P. Lovecraft - Mobin's Trip / At the Mountains of Madness: Featuring two strong singers (who often sang dual leads), hauntingly hazy arrangements, and imaginative songwriting that drew from pop and folk influences, H.P. Lovecraft was one of the better psychedelic groups of the late '60s. The band was formed by ex-folky George Edwards in Chicago in 1967. Edwards and keyboardist Dave Michaels, a classically trained singer with a four-octave range, handled the vocals, which echoed Jefferson Airplane's in their depth and blend of high and low parts. I had to end with "At the Mountains of Madness" since this is the "sister" mix to the Flea market Funk mix that ends w/ a song of the same title...
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The Devil's Music - Devil Dick - At the Montains of Madness Psych Mix Vol. 3, Pt. 2