Psychedelic Soul

When I think of the sub-genre Psychedelic Soul my thoughts turn to The Temptations and Norman Whitfield. The Temptations went through a four-year interval of psychedelia starting in 1968 with “Cloud Nine.  They were influenced by the phenomenal success of Sly and the Family Stone‘s “Dance To The Music“.

Psychedelic soul, sometimes known as “black rock” was a blend of psychedelic rock and soul music in the late 1960s, which paved the way for the mainstream emergence of funk music a few years later.[24]

I loved that period of music. “Ball of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” is my favorite psychedelic soul classic. I especially like this Ultra Mix.

Cloud Nine – The Temptations (February 17, 1969)

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Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations (March 6, 1970)

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One Reply to “Psychedelic Soul”

  1. Thanks for highlighting this groovy subgenre! I love “Ball of Confusion” – when I get to my Temptations playlist (I’m only on K right now), that will be a highlight.

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