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Black Friday stars Hendrix, Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young dish out some tasty vinyl for this Thanksgiving weekend's edition of Record Store Day. Black Friday 2014 falls on Nov. 28. It's the little-brother event to the main Record Store Day in April. Both celebrate independent record stores, with the emphasis on the resurgent vinyl format. Here are the psychedelic servings for RSD Black Friday: Iron Butterfly's 1968 debut album returns in mono, cut into 180-gram vinyl in a Record Store Day exclusive release from Atco/Atlantic. The San Diego-area band … [More ... ]

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‘A 21st century Pink Floyd album’

Pink Floyd has unveiled details of the upcoming double album "The Endless River" -- a tribute to the late Richard Wright that the band calls his "swan song." "Endless River" consists of reworked unreleased tracks that began life in 1993. Still, guitarist David Gilmour calls it very much "a 21st century Pink Floyd album." This means early November will see Pink Floyd's first album of unheard material in decades. " 'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick" -- the band's keyboardist who died in 2008 -- drummer Nick Mason said. "I think … [More ... ]

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Cream, boxed and served on vinyl

Universal's refresh of the Cream catalog continues in November with a box set containing all of the original supergroup's albums on vinyl. "Cream 1966-1972" promises "exact reproductions" of the English band's albums with the recordings on 180 gram vinyl. The completist approach to the box set apparently is a first for the band, best known for its power-trio explorations and the psychedelic music hits "Sunshine of Your Love," "Badge" and "White Room." "Cream 1966-1972" comes out Nov. 24, and will be available to U.S. buyers as an import. … [More ... ]

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6 Harrison albums in ‘Apple Years’ set

George Harrison's first six albums are being packaged in the box set "The Apple Years 1968-75." The eight-disc set drops Sept. 23. The albums, digitally remastered from the "original analogue masters," are "Wonderwall Music," "Electronic Sound," "All Things Must Pass," "Living in the Material World," "Dark Horse" and "Extra Texture (Read All About It)." The Harrison titles also be available individually, on CD and as digital downloads. The late Harrison's son, Dhani, teased the project on Twitter a month ago, followed by speculation … [More ... ]

Glenn Cornick of Jethro Tull

Glenn Cornick of Jethro Tull dies

Glenn Cornick, bass player for the original Jethro Tull, has died at the age of 67. Cornick played on the Tull albums "This Was" (1968), "Stand Up" (1969) and "Benefit" (1970). "Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician," band frontman Ian Anderson wrote in announcing the death on his web site. Cornick died of a heart attack at his home of Hilo, Hawaii, his family said. Before the formation of Jethro Tull, the bassist worked with Anderson in the … [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 ... ]

 

Donovan song Season of the Witch

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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Awaken to "The Child Dreams," from late-1960s U.K. act Axe, aka Axe Music. Obscure but sharp.

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