November 27, 2013

Today’s show has a ton of fun from the psychedelic sixties. Let’s see what I have lined up. I have Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles, Poco, 13th Floor Elevators, Roger Bunn, Arthur Brown and a lot more. All this great classic psychedelic music is now lined up and ready for your listening pleasure. It is another great music anthology I mixed just for you.

 

I am going to start out with an amazing talent who started out the sixties and brought us the best of folk to rock. Bob Dylan exemplifies a large segment of the music from the sixties. It ranged from war protest music to the wild hallucinogenic compositions of “everyone must get stoned.” All part of the fabulous sixties. Here is one of Bob Dylan’s most popular songs and I will follow it, without a break with a cover of that same song from The Byrds released in the sixties too. The Byrds brought a great harmonic presence to the music of the sixties while promoting the psychedelic movement. I present to you,

 

Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man

 

 

The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man

 

The Byrds certainly had some great harmonies but all of that came from the famous group. Yikes, my favorite all time band, The Beatles, with John Lennon taking the lead, brought us down the path of drug use. We all seemed to grow up with these legends and they mimic or just led us into another world. I do not know anyone in this world who has not heard the next song and I present to you,

 

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine

 

There once was a band called Buffalo Springfield, which contained the futures most amazing singer songwriters. You had Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay as three lead singers in that band. While that band worked each of the singers went off to make side projects. One of these was the band Poco who had Richie Furay singing and added Jim Messina on bass and Rusty Young on pedal steel. I present one of the great tracks from this sideshow band,

 

Poco – You Better Think Twice

 

You can’t go into psychedelic music without hitting the very first psychedelic band, The 13th Floor Elevators. We are going to strike the root with this track and offer to you their very first, their debut, 45rpm record. I present to you,

 

The 13th Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me

 

Now we move to another great psychedelic rock band from the San Jose, California area. Back in 1965 this band blew onto the scene with some amazing music. I have much of this in my collection and want to share it with you. What better to start out with than something from the flower power era than flowers? I present to you,

 

The Chocolate Watchband – Flowers

 

The Beatles wrote a song called Michelle that I am sure you all have heard before. Well back in the day there really was a Michelle and she was hot and everyone wanted to be with her but one man stepped up to the plate among all those hanging around the rock heroes of the day, Roger Bunn. Roger had played with many of these bands as a session man but his outrageous activities caught him standing outside looking in. But he did get to record one great album out of Holland. I present to you a track from that album and present,

 

Roger Bunn – Crystal Tunnel

 

Well, guitar sounds started to evolve with the psychedelic movement too. Acid guitar sounds starting to make it to mainstream and no one could do it better than Quicksilver Messenger Service. I remember being introduced to them back in 1967 in San Francisco. Great people, great music and I present to you,

 

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Who Do You Love

 

How would you like to be at a show where the warm up bands were Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin? Well that’s what happened to me back in 1967 and I remember when these guys first played Chicago and the effect they had on us. A trio who took the crowd by storm, it was new, it was amazing. I present to you,

 

Led Zeppelin – Dazed And Confused

 

I think I was 12 years old when I first head the Who. While never as popular as the Beatles or The Stones at the time they certainly held their own with the wild gyrations of Pete Townsend and the twirling microphone of Roger Daltry. The thing is they spoke to the generation and we listened. So I present to you,

 

The Who – Who Are You

 

Who was the first madman of the stage? Who was the first to bring the show to the outrageous? Well none other than Arthur Brown. Swinging onto the stage with his hair on fire he made the front man become an important part of any band. I worked with Arthur in Ibiza back in 1971 and we played many gigs on the beach for the hippies there. Everything was about fire, so I present to you,

 

Arthur Brown – Fire

 

Who can forget Cream? Well when they broke up we just could not figure out why and I am not sure I know why now. But I do know that the members of the band just formed another band under a different name and started to play even more different music. With Eric Clapton on guitar, Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on Bass this band was just Cream with a different direction. I present to you,

 

Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home

 

We turn back to the Byrds. I love this band probably for their wonderful harmonies but they also spoke to the generation and our drug-addled brains. They took a lot of Bob Dylan’s songs and gave them more melody and harmony, something I thought was cool and it is. I present to you,

 

The Byrds – Turn, Turn, Turn

Remember to tune in for more great songs from histories greatest artists! So thanks again for tuning in and see you next week!