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Deep Purple, Beatles, Dead set for Q3

Classical-rock fusion from Deep Purple, mono LPs from the Beatles and a primo box set from the Grateful Dead pace the psychedelic music releases for the year's third quarter. Here's the roundup: In 1969, classical music and psychedelic rock merged for one night only at (where else?) London's Royal Albert Hall. The summit redefined long-hair music. Crossover classical was born, but the rockers dumped the tuxes en route to the heavy metal foundry. Deep Purple's "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" takes an encore Aug. 26 in a vinyl box set. … [More ... ]

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Hendrix estate gets early recordings

The early recordings of Jimi Hendrix are headed for rerelease under the guidance of his longtime engineer, Eddie Kramer. The Hendrix family (Experience Hendrix) announced the acquisition of "the full and complete rights to 88 studio and live recordings made by Curtis Knight & the Squires featuring Jimi Hendrix in 1965-1967." The name Curtis Knight may bring a shudder to psychedelic music fans who were around in Hendrix's day, because of the release of albums that featured Hendrix on the cover, but were for the most part Knight recordings … [More ... ]

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Review: ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ on Blu-ray

The long-awaited Blu-ray of "A Hard Day's Night" comes with the prominent subtitle: Directed by Richard Lester. Truth in packaging, as the Criterion Collection's smashing release of the Beatles' film puts the focus squarely on the iconoclastic director, whose vision and bravery under fire made what could have been a forgettable "jukebox musical" into a classic of several genres. "A Hard Day's Night" makes most critics' best-ever lists. The Beatles' first and best film is widely considered an electrifying mix of great music and hip comedy, … [More ... ]

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‘New’ Pink Floyd album set for fall

A "new" Pink Floyd album should be arriving in the fall, according to various media and social media reports. "Richard Wright's swan song" is called "The Endless River." The album's genesis is in the "The Division Bell" sessions of 1994, meaning Pink Floyd does not include Roger Waters. Polly Samson, the wife of guitarist David Gilmour, let slip the news on her Twitter account. Samson co-wrote many of the "Division Bell" lyrics. Samson tweeted: Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on … [More ... ]

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Ramases: Collected and celebrated

"Ramases: Complete Discography" is truth in advertising, unfortunately. A house fire claimed demo tapes for what was to be the third album by the eccentric British singer-songwriter. Otherwise, it's all here. The release of this six-CD box set is found treasure for the cult of Ramases, such as it is. Only a thousand physical copies are being produced of "Ramases: Complete Discography," reflecting the artist's deep obscurity. Yet this is no rote kitchen-sink project. The record label owner, actor Peter Stormare, whose fandom goes back to … [More ... ]

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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. … [More ... ]

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No. 47: ‘Vincebus Eruptum’

Like psychedelic pharaohs, the men of Blue Cheer erected a wall of Marshall amplifiers as a testament to their powers. To understand the power trio, singer-bassist Dickie Peterson said, "you've got … [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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More "Eight Miles High": The Byrds space out on Germany's "Beat Club."
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