The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow LP and fuzzy black-light poster that comes with early copies.
A Psychedelic Trip To Underground
With tracks by Blue Cheer, Buddy Miles Express, Daughters Of Albion, Linn County, The Hello People, McCoys, Eyes Of Blue, Perls Before Swine, The Tea Company, The Fugs, H.P. Lovecraft, and The Mesmerizing Eye.
Roy Harper - Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion. Laugh or cringe as you see fit. This is one of the worst album covers in my collection. The music it houses, however, would be one of my desert island picks. I’m newly amazed every time I listen to it.
The Three O’Clock - Befour Three O’Clock. The original name of this band was The Salvation Army. That was also the original title of this album. The charitable Salvation Army sued and this is the reissued record with names changed.
Neil’s Heavy Concept Album. Neil The Hippie (Nigel Planer) from The Young Ones does psych and prog classics such as Traffic’s “Hole In My Shoe,” Pink Floyd’s “The Gnome,” Tomorrow’s “My White Bicycle,” and The Sex Pistols’ “No Future (God Save The Queen)” (?!). Stephen Fry and Dawn French also make appearances.
Kaleidoscope - A Beacon From Mars, Sundazed reissue. Kaleidoscope (not to be confused with the British band of the same name active around the same time) was an LA band. Members on this LP included David Lindley, Solomon Feldthouse, Chris Darrow, Chester Crill (also known as Fenrus Epp, Max Buda, and Templeton Parcely), and John Vidican. Liner notes and websites are fond of pointing out that Jimmy Page once called Kaleidoscope his favorite band. Most of the time they were that good.
Dave Edmunds, Rocker: Early Works 1968/1972. A compilation of tracks from his work with psychedelic blues-rock band Love Sculpture and his first solo album, Rockpile.
Ned Lagin - Seastones. Easily one of the weirdest vintage synth albums I’ve ever come across. I’ve only ever been a casual Grateful Dead fan so if I ever heard the name Ned Lagin before I forgot it. It was the guest artist list on this record that made me buy it: Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Grace Slick, David Freiberg, Mickey Hart, and Spencer Dryden!
Rolling Stones - Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2). I wish the Stones had done more psych before they moved on. ”She’s A Rainbow,” “2000 Light Years From Home,” and “Dandelion” are three of my favorite songs.
Pink Floyd - Relics, A Bizarre Collection Of Antiques & Curios. This record has been in my collection for nearly thirty years. Only recently did I find out what that is on the cover. It’s a bottle opener.
Love - Four Sail. Not as well-known as Forever Changes, also not quite as good. But “not quite as good” as a masterpiece can still be pretty darned great, which this record is.