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Psychedelic rock is oddly defined, and often depends on whom you're talking to, but it's not just 'anything weird.' It comes out of folk rock in the in the era when the electric technology (primarily guitar) was just becoming popular, so it often manifests itself as song with a folk base, (often long) electronic instrumentation (Keyboard/organ and electric guitar), and obviously rock and roll mixed together. Also we cannot ignore LSD's influence, which is why most psychedelic music is pretty strange. When well done, it produces an intoxicating effect of 'organized chaos' - a basic background beat with ambitious instrumentals recorded on top of that. It's a pretty short-lived genre, but its influence is very wide, most importantly (imo) in progressive rock. My ranked personal favorites:
My favorite Beatle's album. The instrumental work is some of the most intricate, intriguing, and insane they produced. It perfectly combines the emotion of the Beatles with a complete sound delight for your ears.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
No real need to justify this, it's Syd Barrett's masterpiece. It's very whimsical at times, but that is combined perfectly with a slightly darker side (that Floyd would turn into) in Interstellar Overdrive, Astronomy Domine, and Lucifer Sam.
Younger than Yesterday
I don't know why sputnik isn't more into The Byrds. They are really fantastic Folk/Psychedelic rock group of the mid-60s, and the home of David Crosby (CSNY). This is their best album, i think, and it combines a Beatlesesque poppiness with beautifully trippy instrumental work. They also are pretty important in making Bob Dylan's music more accessible, here remaking "My Back Pages" and transforming it into a nearly perfect song (I'd also be willing to bet that you have only heard their version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" of the album with the same name)
Crown of Creation
This is my personal favorite Jefferson Airplane album because it is sooo ridiculous and still works! It's riddled with weird sound effects, crazy guitar work, and hippy lyrics.
Are you experienced
Sometimes it stuns my how simplistic and utterly moving Jimi's guitar work can be. I think he did it best with this album and doesn't get overly ambitious, like in "Electric Landlady"
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Obvious Psychedelic rock staple, as much as I'm putting 2 Beatles albums very close to each other on this list.
When I first listened to "Light My Fire" (years and years ago) I wanted to shoot myself about 3 minutes into the organ solo, but now I can't get enough of it. This album is splendid in so many ways, and surprisingly consistent right up until "The End" where it falls a bit. Still great though.
Another great Byrds album. A year earlier than "Younger Than Yesterday" and a year less psychedelic, but this is the home of "Eight Miles High," which is easily the Byrds best and should be required listening for everyone, it's brilliant.
Odessey and Oracle
I was originally skeptical when I read the glorifying review of this album. I think that "who's your daddy" line in "Time of the Season" never sat well with me. But after listening to the album, I can't help but agree. This album really has mastered the use of vocal harmonies in conjunction with psychedelic organ and guitar, and it really doesn't have any weak points, unlike most psychedelic albums. Definitely worth a listen.
I'm using this album more to symbolize the numerous singles that Syd and Floyd released, pre-Piper, for it is a greatest hits album. It contains some of Floyd's most genius and unknown moments (I personally adore "Paintbox" and "Juliet Dream")
Jefferson Airplane's most popular album. While not as ambitious as "Crown of Creation," it still deserves much credit for a number of melodious works of art.
This is a little more bluesy than Psychedelic, but I mean, it does have a pretty fucking weird cover, so why not? Musically, its a pretty solid album. I think its highlighted by some incredible and innovative works ("Sunshine of your Love" "World of Pain" "Swlabr") and some not so much ("Blue Condition" "Take it Back" "Mother's Lament")
Their Satanic Majesties Request
An interesting album, and I wouldn't have known it was the Stones if I didn't hear Mick Jagger's voice. I was really skeptical until I got to the middle 10 minutes jam session ("Sing This Song All Together (See What Happens)") which is really very good and even had my little cousin jamming along. The rest of the album is respectable, but certainly strange.
Not really a great album, and even the title track is so debatable. But I just love the song so much I had to include this.
The Soft Machine
|wow man...awesome list...glad to see another person loves the song paintbox|
|list needs The Bubble Puppy|
|Blue Oyster Cult?|
|Alone in the clouds all blue.|
Lying on an eiderdown.
You can't see me, but I can you.
|The Zombies rules|
list needs Love - Forever Changes, and Shocking Blue - At Home
|Seek and Destroy|
|I'm getting Shocking Blue and Soft Machine right now and listening.|
I have Love, and I just wasn't that impressed, nice album, just didn't really have enough to make the list
kingston wall is throwing me off, psychedelic music in 1992? ill think about it....lol
|real good list man. I should give 12 a listen since I haven't in quite a while.|
|you're missing out a lot of krautrock bands|
and yea, get some krautrock
|ozric tentacles is more progressive than psychedelic in my book|
and I'm interested in Krautrock, it's just really hard to find, any band name suggestions?
|krautrock encompasses a lot of genre styles so really most krautrock is wildy different from each other but you can't go wrong with:|
amon duul II
and from there you can delve deeper if it suits
|Flaming Lips - Embryonic because the first song reminds me of 'tomorrow never knows'|
|i dont' really have an extensive collection, but when i was search for krautock i was rec'd|
amon duul II
ash ra tempel
|sorry for the repeats, didn't see Roach's post as i was typing mine|
and thanks for the suggestion, ill be looking into them