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Quad Doors, live Yes, EL&P spark Q3

Classic but freshly repolished goods from the Doors, Yes, the Yardbirds, EL&P and Miles Davis promise a strong second quarter in the psychedelic music world. The Doors' music remained in strong demand a few years after the death of singer Jim Morrison. Elektra looked to give the music new spark with a "Best Of" collection in quadraphonic. The four-channel format fizzled, and Doors marketers moved on to other repackaging jobs, but the quad collection was never forgotten by the early adopters of long ago. Ace audio revivalist Steve Hoffman … [More ... ]

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Record Store Day ’15: Zombies, Doors, Sly

The Zombies, the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, Captain Beefheart and Hawkwind lead the freak parade for Record Store Day 2015. Other goodies for psychedelic bin flippers include vinyl by Country Joe and the Fish, Todd Rundgren, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, Tomorrow, Sun Ra, Robert Plant, the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, the Flaming Lips and Frank Zappa. The eighth-annual event promoting indie record stores is now an unabashed celebration of the old-school vinyl format. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 18. The … [More ... ]

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Dead adds pair of California concerts

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead will say "Fare Thee Well" two more times with a pair of shows in Santa Clara, Calif. The shows on June 27 and 28 will come before the trio of concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago (July 3, 4 and 5). The new shows had been widely rumored and tipped, but not confirmed. "Since we made the decision to go back to Chicago to say our final goodbye, it has become clear to us that we first need to return to our beginnings, where we first said hello -- to each other and to all of you," the band wrote in a … [More ... ]

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Dead’s movie night from Alpine Valley

Time to Meet-Up at the Movies for the fifth time, Grateful Dead loyalists. The 2015 edition of the annual movie night is set for Monday, May 4, featuring the Dead in performance from 1989, at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin. It was the final gig of the Dead's three-night residency in Alpine Valley (near East Troy). The July 19, 1989, show ran almost three hours, with the band working extra hard for rain-soaked fans. "It was our Woodstock," one Wisconsin native recalls. While the big-screen video is billed as "never before … [More ... ]

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Daevid Allen dies; ringmaster of Gong

Daevid Allen, the whimsical visionary behind the seminal prog rock act Gong, has died. He was 77. As a bandleader in the vein of Sun Ra, George Clinton and Frank Zappa, Allen lorded over a strange and imaginative musical universe, complete with its own LSD-fueled mythologies. Gong persisted over five decades with a changing cast of musicians and under variations on the band's name such as Planet Gong. "A communal thing," Allen said. Allen, a singer and guitarist, also is known for co-founding the Soft Machine, another progressive rock … [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 ... ]

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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. 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 ... ]

 

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

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Pentangle via the BBC in 1970: Guitars, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch. Vocals, Jacqui McShee.

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