Search Results for: donovan

Donovan to Songwriters Hall of Fame

donovan leitch

Psychedelic folk pioneer Donovan is being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with fellow '60s hitmaker Ray Davies of the Kinks. Graham Gouldman, who wrote several chart-toppers for the Yardbirds and the Hollies, also is entering the hall June 12. Donovan compositions cited by the songwriters group included the psychedelic music classics "Sunshine Superman," "Mellow Yellow" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man." Film and TV credits include the use of "Season of the Witch" and "Atlantis." ("Season of the Witch" recently was named one of the best psychedelic music songs.) Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Davies songs for the Kinks cited by the group included the British invasion hits "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night" and "Tired … [Read more...]

Donovan, Small Faces entering Rock Hall

rock hall of fame 2012

Donovan and the Small Faces made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, putting a bit of psychedelic seasoning on the class of 2012. Producer/engineer Glyn Johns, who worked with the heaviest of the British psychedelic rock bands, also is to be honored April 14 in Cleveland. Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, Laura Nyro and Red Hot Chili Peppers filled out the list of Rock Hall inductees. Faces (with Rod Stewart) share the honor with the band's earlier incarnation, the Small Faces. The early influencer nod went to bluesman Freddy King, the only black artist to be honored this year. Songwriter/TV rock producer Don Kirshner ("The Monkees") is to be memorialized in the non-performer slot. Rock producers Johns and Tom Dowd, and New Orleans studio owner Cosimo Matassa are to receive … [Read more...]

Donovan shortlisted for Rock Hall of Fame

donovan sunshine superman cover

Psychedelic hurdy gurdy man Donovan has made the short list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The eclectic singer-songwriter from Glasgow joins 14 other nominees for 2011. Donovan is among the five newcomers to the Rock Hall's voting list. About a half-dozen artists will get the final nod. Other artists known for unconventional sounds are Dr. John and Alice Cooper (both new), as well as Tom Waits (a carry-over). Donovan was among the first recording artists to chart with psychedelic songs. He also was among the first long-haired British pop stars busted for drugs. The artist was closely associated with the hippie movement and flower pop. Donovan's psychedelic singles include "Sunshine Superman," "Mellow Yellow," "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)." The album … [Read more...]

No. 15: ‘Season of the Witch’

Donovan song 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, hesitatingly at first, then full blast. In 1966, for example, the Beatles profiled a Doctor Feelgood of their acquaintance in "Doctor Robert." The Stones unleashed the pill-popping "Mother's Little Helper." The Authorities took note. Then they took action. Donovan Leitch was looking over his shoulder as the year began. A TV documentary had just caught the Scottish singer and some friends getting high. In January, he recorded "Sunshine Superman," an early psych-pop song that raised eyebrows -- sunshine was slang for a popular type of LSD. The troubadour also debuted "The Trip," about an … [Read more...]

Santana, Hendrix, Dead top Q4 discs

Eastern icon from Santana Lotus album foldout

Rereleases and originals from Santana, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Grateful Dead and the Velvet Underground light up the year's final quarter. Santana devotees can cheer the return of "Lotus," a three-LP live set recorded in Japan in 1973. The music is mostly instrumental, keyed by a legendary 16-minute "Incident at Neshabur." "Lotus" long was a sought-after import, initially released as a triple-LP set out of Japan (1974). Friday Music, which has been rereleasing Santana albums on audiophile vinyl, seeks to re-create "Lotus'" ambitious multilevel foldout cover, with psychedelic iconography inspired by Carlos Santana's spiritual pursuits (pictured, left). The original on-site recording was done by the Japanese audio wizards from Sony, with … [Read more...]

Richie Havens dies; folk hero of Woodstock

Richie Havens

The fiery and soulful folk singer Richie Havens, best known for his heroic work in opening the Woodstock rock festival, has died at age 72. Havens died after a heart attack at his New Jersey home, his manager said. Havens remained true to his Greenwich Village folk roots, but was a favorite among the rock festival crowds of the late 1960s. His albums between 1968 and 1971 were heavy with psychedelic imagery, notably "Richard P. Havens, 1983," the 1969 album on which he covered four Beatles songs and another by Donovan. But it was 1967's straight folk album "Mixed Bag" that first found Havens a wide audience, boosted by play on the emerging free-form FM radio format. Like Jefferson Airplane, he found the power and transcendence in its opening song, "High Flyin' Bird," by Billy Edd … [Read more...]

Q2 on record: Lips, Traffic, Quicksilver, Dead

traffic third album last exit

Flaming Lips, Traffic, the Grateful Dead, the Mothers of Invention and Quicksilver Messenger Service key the psychedelic music recordings in the year's second quarter. A lot of the action comes Tuesday, April 16, just a few days away from Record Store Day 2013: Flaming Lips release their downbeat "The Terror" in various configurations, including a limited edition silver vinyl LP. Side 4 is devoted to "We Don't Control the Controls (Mashed-the-F-Up-Remix)," a bonus track. Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne tells fans to brace themselves for "a bleak, disturbing record." This appears to be the psychedelic band's 13th album -- the first since "Embryonic" way back in 2009 -- although the band engages in various side projects, such as last year's mostly faithful re-creation of King … [Read more...]

Country Joe & the Fish: set lists

country joe and the fish poster with Dead

Country Joe & the Fish songs played in concert, 1967-1978. View more San Francisco band set lists. Monterey Pop Festival, June 17, 1967 Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine The Bomb Song Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag Section 43 Woodstock Aug. 16, 1969 Janis Donovan's Reef Heartaches by the Number Ring of Fire Tennessee Stud Rockin' Round the World Flying All the Way Seen a Rocket Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag Greek Theatre Berkeley Oct. 1, 1978 Rock and Soul Music Thing Called Love Flying High Colorado Town Here I Go Again Mojo Navigator Section 43 Save the Whales I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag Rock and Soul Music Sources: Woodstock Wikia, RockinDVD, Setlist.com, Monterey Pop movie About set lists: While these … [Read more...]

Music videos

Behold, friends. These videos were featured on the home page of the music site Psychedelic Sight at some point, archived here for eternity -- or until the labels complain. Consider these the site's greatest videos hits. (This is page 3 of our psychedelic music video collection.) Blues Magoos -- not among the greats, but not bad, either. Randy California and Spirit, on a German TV show. Way underappreciated these days. Suzy? Suzy Creamcheese? ... A short strange film created by Frank Zappa and Ed Seeman. The United States of America. Weird for the sake of being weird, or surrealism oozing into audio? Let's hear it for this fan video. The Dead in 1972. I saw them that year in Boulder, a transcendent day full of sun and weed. Donovan, now in the Rock … [Read more...]

No. 10: ‘Anthem of the Sun’

grateful dead anthem of the sun close-up of cover art

In the fall of 1967, the Grateful Dead had a problem. One of the original big-buzz bands of the San Francisco scene, the Dead fell flat earlier in the year with their highly anticipated debut album. It was a thin and tinny collection dominated by blues and folk covers. The album's cover art was psychedelic all right, but nothing else on the album qualified. "The next one certainly won't be like that in any way," Garcia assured local radio listeners. The heat was on. The Bay Area already had produced a pair of heady psychedelic masterpieces: the Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" and Country Joe and the Fish's "Electric Music for the Mind and Body." The Dead, however, seemed on course for mere local-legend status. Determined to capture the essence of their psychedelic … [Read more...]

Get Adobe Flash player