country joe and fish psychedelic box set

Country Joe, Procol Harum boxes in Q1’s stash

The year 2018 starts off with a bang for psychedelic music lovers, with carefully crafted archival releases on the horizon from Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum and Todd Rundgren. Other psychedelic/1960s product set for the year's first quarter includes vintage works from Spirit, Ultimate Spinach, Hawkwind and Moondog. Country Joe and the Fish weren't exactly one-hit wonders, but it's fair to say they never revisited the highs of their groundbreaking debut album -- a stunning and seminal slab of psychedelic rock. … [More ... ]

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues

Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues dies

Ray Thomas, a founding member of the Moody Blues, has died at age 76. The singer, songwriter and flute player "passed away suddenly" at his home in England, his label said. Thomas' compositions for the group included "Dear Diary," "Legend of a Mind," "Eternity Road," "And the Tide Rushes In," "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" and "For My Lady." Thomas and the rest of the Moody Blues are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. He retired from the group in 2002 due to health issues. Moody Blues bass player John Lodge … [More ... ]

Jimi Hendrix psychedelic album

Hendrix hot in 2018: New ‘Sky’ set, 2 SACDs

The final chapter of what's being called a Jimi Hendrix unreleased-track trilogy lands March 9. "Both Sides of the Sky" features 10 recordings that the Hendrix estate says have never been released, along with three others. Later in the year come the highly anticipated rereleases of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first two studio albums -- "Are You Experienced" and "Axis: Bold as Love" -- on the audiophile SACD format. "Axis" also will see a limited release on the Ultra High Quality Record vinyl format. Those rereleases will be remastered by … [More ... ]

Monterey Pop Festival Blu-ray

Criterion preps restored ‘Monterey Pop’ set

D.A. Pennebaker's "Monterey Pop" gets a second encore in the Criterion Collection come December -- this time featuring a new 4k restoration. Janus Films' upgraded version of "Monterey Pop" premiered in cinemas last June as part of the seminal music festival's 50th anniversary. The new Criterion discs are set for a Dec. 12 release. The Criterion Collection first gave "Monterey Pop" its due back in 2006 with a carefully crafted DVD box set. Then, the connoisseur label returned to "Monterey" in 2009 with a Blu-ray featuring high definition … [More ... ]

Beatles psychedelic picture disc

Christmas list: Beatles, Stones, Doors, Moodies

It's December: The rotund fellow in cranberry red prepares to make his rounds, sled laden with gifts. That psychedelic gleam in his eyes reflects the age-old mystery of just what's in that pipe he tokes. Fortunately, we know what's in the pipeline for fans of psychedelic music. Read on for a list of box sets and expanded editions with release dates in the year's final quarter. All titles have that something special -- no bare-bones CDs here -- every one perfect for gifting or just grabbing. The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club … [More ... ]

Top psychedelic albums

No. 15: ‘Crown of Creation’

"Is it true that I'm no longer young?" Grace Slick sang in "Lather," the luscious and cinematic opening number of "Crown of Creation." Slick was singing about the … [More ... ]

No. 45: ‘Ball’

"Filled with Fear" was more than a song title -- consider it truth in advertising for the contents of Iron Butterfly's "Ball," the hurried but solid followup album to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Anchored … [More ... ]

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No. 81: ‘Dark Magic’

Moby Grape had it all, in those early days. The look. The attitude. The Bay Area vibe. And that weird whimsical name that no one ever forgot. But when the … [More ... ]

 

No. 9: ‘Eight Miles High’

The song started off on familiar footing for early 1966: a killer bass line, straight out of the garage. But seconds into the Byrds' "Eight Miles High," listeners were off on a sonic adventure, … [More ... ]

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Road warriors: King Crimson's current big-band touring lineup, captured live in 2005.


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