Anthem of the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The Grateful Dead album that entered directly into the music of our heart is¬†Anthem of the Sun. I discovered the magic of the Dead in concert by reading a passionate article in Circus Magazine in ’68. The author described a concert in the desert that piqued my interest as it highlighted this recording.

I went to my local record store the following day and purchased Anthem. I melded with that sonic experience as the LP played on the hi-fi in my room. The recording has been etched in my psyche ever since. Anthem of the Sun defines psychedelic music to my DNA without having to ingest the hallucinogen ūüėČ

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I was elated to read about the 50th-anniversary edition becoming available in various media formats. The two options that interest me the most are the high-definition FLAC (Fidelity Lossless Audio Codec) 192 kHz/24 bit release and the vinyl picture disc edition.

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Traffic 50 Years On

Traffic released their debut album, Mr. Fantasy 50 years ago on December 7th, 1967.

This video produced by BBC Four reveals the magic that Traffic precipitated in a cottage in Berkshire. Loved hearing Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi reminisce.

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The Airplane Family and Live Dead 69

I’ve become interested in the talent¬†nucleus forged from Jefferson Airplane (The Great Society, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship) and The Grateful Dead (NRPS, Ratdog). They call themselves The Airplane Family & Friends.

The Airplane Family & Friends is the only National Touring Tribute to the music of Jefferson Airplane & “The San Francisco Sound.”

They will be celebrating Paul Kantner’s birthday March 18th and 19th at¬†Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California.

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Here is a video from The Airplane Family’s¬†appearance at Daryl’s¬†House in Pawling, NY.

 

Days of Future Passed in its 50th Year

Many of the artists who are essential to my DNA music fabric will be celebrating 50th anniversaries this year. The Moody Blues announced last week that they are embarking on a Days Of Future Passed, 50th Anniversary Tour. The U.S. Tour commences on June 3rd and runs through July 23rd. They will be performing their iconic album live onstage in its entirety for the first time.

The Moody Blues forged a unique direction with the Days Of….second album. I love the risks they took incorporating a symphony with their sound. They achieved¬†cross-over to classical, especially with the album art. ¬†I can’t decide if this album represents psychedelic or progressive rock as a genre.

In Search of a Lost Chord¬†is definitely psychedelic¬†rock with the song about Timothy Leary,¬†“Legend of a Mind” and the Moody’s¬†experiment with LSD. The album cover represents an acid trip.

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I think I’ll spend Saturday listening to The Moody Blues on Apple Music through the SONOS Play One to overcome the¬†dreary day.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium

I like to know what Sean Lennon is doing with his art.

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Sean Lennon’s latest collaboration is with Primus bassist and lead singer Les Claypool. They’re calling themselves The Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Their new album is a collection of trippy, psychedelic space jams called The Monolith Of Phobos (a reference to a large rock discovered on Phobos, a moon orbiting Mars).

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Track Listing:
1. The Monolith Of Phobos
2. Cricket and the Genie ‚Äď Movement I, The Delirium
3. Cricket and the Genie ‚Äď Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket
4. Mr. Wright
5. Boomerang Baby
6. Breath of a Salesman
7. Captain Lariat
8. Ohmerica
9. Oxycontin Girl
10. Bubbles Burst
11. There’s No Underwear In Space

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Bubbles Burst,” offers a more personal reflection from Lennon about his memories of Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Lennon and Jackson were friends and, as a child in the mid-1980s, Lennon would hang out with Bubbles at Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

Coming Thru To You, The Live Recordings 1970 – 2004 Box Set – Arthur Lee & Love

Coming Through To You by Arthur Lee and Love is a 4CD boxset collection of rare live recordings from 1970-2004 released by RockBeat Records and produced by David Skye, with the blessing and participation of Diane Lee.

The cover artwork is designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock-n-roll bootleg cover artists.

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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