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Grateful Dead - Anthem of the Sun - 50th Anniversary Edition

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A most important reissue in that it contains both the original 1968 mix of Anthem of the Sun, the Grateful Dead’s most psychedelic and experimental album, as well as the 1971 remix,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-17)

Pearls Before Swine - One Nation Underground & Balaklava

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A slice of the past, but certainly one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Pearls Before Swine was essentially the vehicle of guitarist / composer / poet / singer Tom Rapp, which over the course of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-07-01)

Robert Wyatt - '68

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After Soft Machine’s first American tour both Kevin Ayers and Mike Ratledge hurried on back to Europe to lick their wounds while Robert Wyatt stayed on in the US with friends. Opening for the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2013-10-19)

Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach & The Well-Tempered Synthesizer

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Given the limitations of the synthesizers available in 1968, the choice of Bach as a focus for Wendy Carlos’s pioneering recordings makes perfect sense: the instruments could play only one...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

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Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold as Love provided the lion's share of Hendrix's songbook while he was alive, although there was certainly material on both albums that...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-11-16)

The Beatles - The Beatles (AKA The White Album)

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Sgt Peppers opened the gates wide, and the creativity of the Fab Four wasn't even close to exhausted. An album such as this almost makes me want to type out the entire song list as...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-03-23)

The Hook - Will Grab You

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Transitional periods can be very interesting in music. The Hook falls in the transition between 60s garage-psych and 70s hard rock. Reliable information has it that this album dates from 1968 in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

The Hook - Hooked

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One of the best parts of picking up modern reissues of obscurities from the 60s is that so many of them have interesting liner notes detailing the near-misses and might-have-beens of that distant...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Marvin Gardens - 1968

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Considering the first wave of 60s San Francisco bands as Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and of course the Grateful Dead, then...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-07)

The Collectors - The Collectors & Grass and Wild Strawberries

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The Collectors hailed from Vancouver, Canada, not exactly a hotbed of the worldwide psychedelic scene, which maybe helps explain why they didn’t make a bigger impact. Their two albums, though...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues

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Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach, Behold & See & III

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Long before the British domination of all things progressive, progress was being made in the post-San Francisco underground scene in many US cities, among them Boston. The fact that producer Alan...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach, Behold & See & III

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Long before the British domination of all things progressive, progress was being made in the post-San Francisco underground scene in many US cities, among them Boston. The fact that producer Alan...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

The Insect Trust - The Insect Trust

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As a longtime fan of Fairport Convention and British folk rock, I had dismissed American folk as being either too cloying or too familiar. Not so with The Insect Trust, who do for American folk and...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2001-03-01)

The Insect Trust - The Insect Trust

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This late-60s quintet from NYC epitomized the broad sense of musical experimentation of the era, pulling incongruent forms together, and through a combination of optimism and naiveté,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-03-01)

Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron

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Here's another one of those "I never thought they'd release that on CD" reissues. San Francisco's late 60s legacy left behind a volume of obscure bands, many with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Robert Wyatt - '68

Cover art This is one of the most amazing archival releases of "lost" music ever presented, at least for Soft Machine fans. I always thought of the first two Softs albums as the first phase of the band, with...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-10-25)

Silver Apples - Silver Apples / Contact

Cover art Frankly, this is one of those reissues I thought I would never see. The (now long defunct) Kapp label issued these two albums in the late 60s, after which they quickly faded into obscurity. At a time...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Baby Grandmothers - Baby Grandmothers

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Baby Grandmothers were a legendary underground Swedish psych trio from the late 60s who performed extensively throughout Scandinavia but only released a single in Finland. The band consisted of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Ars Nova - Ars Nova

Cover art If you name your band “Ars Nova” you have to be: a) Serious Artists; b) Sarcastic reactionaries; c) Into psychedelic drugs; or d) Japanese. It’s Latin, for goodness sake, and means “New...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Simon Dupree & the Big Sound - Part of My Past - The Simon Dupree and the Big Sound Anthology

Cover art There’s no doubt that a complete collection of the recordings of Simon Dupree and the Big Sound has historical value. Aside from being a curious footnote in the story of the psychedelic 60s with...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

It's a Beautiful Day - Live at the Fillmore '68

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The two disc package at hand contains two very different things: a CD of the live band in 1968, almost ten months before the release of their self-titled debut album, and a documentary DVD The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-08-21)

Penny Arkade - Not the Freeze

Cover art In the last issue I covered the reissue of the two strange albums (Apache and Inca) credited to Maitreya Kali, who, it is now known, was Craig Smith, formerly of an obscure LA psych...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Salvation - 1st & Gypsy Carnival Caravan

Cover art Among the mainstays of the West coast psychedelic scene in the mid- to late-60s was a jamming unit with a slight country flavor originally called The New Salvation Army Banned. Eventually a certain...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Tomorrow - Tomorrow

Cover art Tomorrow's eponymous and only release is a solid example of 60s psychedelia featuring a precociously talented young guitarist named Steve Howe. It probably would have fared better commercially if not...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Moby Grape - Moby Grape, Wow, & Grape Jam

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One of the very best of the late 60s San Francisco bands (if not the best), Moby Grape's recordings as well as the band's name itself has long been tied up in endless cycles of litigation thanks to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Moby Grape - Moby Grape, Wow, & Grape Jam

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One of the very best of the late 60s San Francisco bands (if not the best), Moby Grape's recordings as well as the band's name itself has long been tied up in endless cycles of litigation thanks to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

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2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

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Previously in Exposé...

Providence - Rare Tracks – In their brief career, Providence only released one album, ...And I'll Recite an Old Myth From..., and graced at least one of MIJ's sampler discs. Their sound is a powerful neo-progressive blending...  (1993) » Read more

Dragonwyck - Dragonwyck – In case you're wondering, Dragonwyck is the title of a 1944 historical romance by Anya Seton, made into a movie starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price. This Dragonwyck, on the other hand, was a psych...  (2007) » Read more

The Residents - Wormwood – On the Bizarro World, Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to write a biblical musical, and somehow it ended up getting to our planet. It’s credited to the Residents, but I know where it really came from. In...  (1999) » Read more

Avi Bellili - The Power of Balance – Composer Avi Belleli is perhaps best known as the mastermind behind Israeli band Tractor's Revenge and also for his collaborations with drummer Dave Kerman (Present, 5uu’s etc.). Co-produced and...  (2005) » Read more

Chris Massey / David Castiglione / David Torn - Forever Sharp and Vivid – Torn again! This guy should need no introduction, he’s played with Jan Garbarek, Bill Bruford, Everyman Band, Andy Summers, Polytown, and has produced a number of exceptional albums under his...  (1999) » Read more



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