Brian Wilson of Beach Boys

Levitation lands Wilson, ‘Pet Sounds’

Brian Wilson will resurrect "Pet Sounds" for the 2016 edition of the nation's largest psychedelic music festival, Levitation. The performance marks a half century of the Beach Boys album, considered one of the top albums in the history of rock. Wilson's booking comes a year after the Austin, Texas, fest arranged for the historic reunion of hometown heroes the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Other key performers announced for Levitation 2016 are Animal Collective, Lee Scratch Perry, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Flying Lotus and Sleep. The … [More ... ]

Arthur Lee of Love band

Love’s ‘Reel to Real’ fast-fowarded

The more or less forgotten Love album "Reel to Real" makes its CD debut in late November, fortified with four "newly discovered" tracks by Arthur Lee. The 1974 album also will be "back on vinyl after more than 40 years" via a Feb. 19 rerelease on vinyl, according to the High Moon label. High Moon debuted the unreleased "Black Beauty" album by Lee several years ago. The "Real" album includes a dozen bonus tracks, 11 of them previously unreleased. Lee's classic lineup of Love -- the band behind the psychedelic music treasure "Forever … [More ... ]

Beatles 1+ video and audio set

‘Beatles 1’ gets video upgrade with 5.1

Looks like another monster holiday season for the Fabs, with news that "The Beatles 1" collection is getting a "visually inspired" upgrade starring music videos with surround-sound remixes. Set for a Nov. 6 release, the millennial greatest hits set is "newly restored and expanded in multiple configurations." The mother lode will be found in what's billed as "Beatles 1+" -- which "celebrates their career in over 200 minutes through 50 promotional films and videos," Apple Corps says. The core concept is to pair the 27 original No. 1 hits … [More ... ]

Singer Van Morrison

‘Astral Weeks’ tops flood of Morrison titles

Van Morrison's psychedelic folk classic "Astral Weeks" finally is getting an expanded reissue via Warner Bros. Sony, meanwhile, has launched a massive revival of the singer's catalog. "Astral Weeks" comes out Oct. 30 via WB/Rhino, on CD and digital files. Morrison's rocking "His Band the Street Choir" also is due from Rhino at the end of October. And 33 Morrison albums have just been made available digitally via Sony, some of them long unavailable in the market. Sony's Legacy label also has released a double-disc compilation of … [More ... ]

Top psychedelic albums

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 … [More ... ]

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 albums. Diddley and Quicksilver … [More ... ]

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Top psychedelic songs

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," … [More ... ]


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 of psych-pop, redolent with touches of … [More ... ]

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1960s sights & sounds

Space rockers Lumerians play the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia in late Sept.

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