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A psychedelic Christmas gift guide

Bless those who feed our heads with the gift of music. From killer box sets ... to silver-shiny audiophile treasures ... to festive-colored vinyl -- music makes for some serious holiday cheer. Here are a few recent releases that can't miss with fans of 1960s psychedelic music: Love's "Forever Changes" on SACD: Mobile Fidelity continues to marry late-1960s goodness and audiophile excellence. Just out on hybrid SACD is "Forever Changes," considered by many the peak album of the psychedelic era. Mobile Fidelity last year rereleased the … [More ... ]

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Yardbirds disband after half century

The Yardbirds are calling it quits, band leader Jim McCarty said. The news comes as the group finished celebratory tours marking a half century of making music. McCarty, a founding member of the groundbreaking British rockers, said the current lineup of the Yardbirds "will be parting ways at the end of the year." The drummer and songwriter said he would be "working on solo ventures and other Yardbirds projects in 2015." Guitarist Chris Dreja, the other original Yardbird working with recent editions, left the touring version in 2013 … [More ... ]

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Austin psyched for Impala, Lips

Tame Impala, the Flaming Lips, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Spiritualized will headline Levitation 2015 -- aka the Austin Psych Fest -- running May 8-10 in Texas. Other top acts include Primal Scream and fest founding fathers the Black Angels. The nation's largest psychedelic music festival dates back to 2008. It returns for a third year to rural setting of Carson Creek Ranch, located east of town, with weekend tickets now on sale ($165). The festival was renamed in honor of some hometown heroes from the first psychedelic era: "The … [More ... ]

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Beach Boys’ audiophile vibrations

The Beach Boys' classic albums are returning to market in various audiophile formats, beginning this month and running through 2015. Psychedelic-era works include "Pet Sounds," "Surf's Up," "Smiley Smile" and "Sunflower." Analogue Productions' series begins Dec. 16. with early band titles "Surfin' Safari" and "Surfin' USA" and three others, on 200 gram mono vinyl. The reissues are mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, "most from the original master tapes or best sources available." "These are the best sounding and best-looking … [More ... ]

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Dead docu film to mark half century

One of the highlights of the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary will be an official film documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and overseen by Martin Scorsese. Bar-Lev made the acclaimed 2007 documentary "My Kids Could Paint That" as well as 2010's "Tillman." He was attached to an ill-fated Jerry Garcia biopic with the working title "Dark Star" back in 2010. "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years," the surviving members of the Dead said in a statement. "With our 50th anniversary coming up, we thought it … [More ... ]

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No. 18: Happy Trails

Bo Diddley didn't do psychedelic. Yet, somehow, the primal rock 'n' roller received credit for writing most of one of the hippie era's darkest and most imaginative … [More ... ]

Pink Floyd album "Ummagumma"

No. 22: Ummagumma

Here be dragons. Dragons, and dust from the bones of kings and traitors. Stonehenge. The funk of 4,000 years. Spacemen and madmen. Your mental movie may vary. Hear in it what you will, but English … [More ... ]

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No. 90: ‘She (Will-O-the-Wind)’

Everyone knows about "Windy," but the heroine of "She (Will-O-the-Wind)" never received her due. Too bad. The Collectors' 1968 song remains a fascinating bit … [More ... ]

 

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No. 15: ‘Season of the Witch’

Paranoia ran deep in the spring of 1966. The high times were peaking in Britain, with the rock-star elite leading the psychedelic parade. The bands celebrated their altered states in song, … [More ... ]

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1960s sights & sounds

Raw but ready, Yes appears on "Beat-Club" (Germany, 1969-1971). Jon Anderson, vocals.

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