Saturday, 14 January 2017

Various Artist - Ah Feel Like Ahcid (Some of The Greatest Psychedelic 60's)

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Bit Rate: 256
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Some Artwork Included

The first compilation of its kind to open up the late Sixties U.S. vaults of EMI labels Capitol, Tower, Imperial, Liberty, etc. Psychedelia is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary since the original Summer Of Love. Many of the tracks on this CD have never been reissued - more so than the previous volumes in this Series, Take My Tip and Insane Times.

Psychedelia was borne in the mid-60s on the West Coast and this CD includes several of the movement's pioneers from the San Francisco, Bay Area and LA scenes - namely Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Steve Miller Band and Mad River, plus the maverick talents of Captain Beefheart. 

Plus the Beach Boys, of course! Kim Fowley was/is a charismatic svengali-likle producer who has recorded a plethora of different artists - but his classic track 'Bubblegum' was later covered by Sonic Youth. Hour Glass evolved into the Allman Brothers! The Balloon Farm's 'A Question Of Temperature' and the Third Bardo's 'I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time' are two of the finest examples of psychedelic garage punk ever recorded.

This excellent compilation contains 24 tracks with a running time of nearly 80 minutes. Among Psych collections, this baby is most certainly amongst the very best. From the opening of the fuzz-drenched guitar by The Balloon Farm with "A Question Of Temperature", there is not a clunker in this entire collection.

Luckily for us, EMI utilized it's canon of various labels such as Capitol, Tower, Liberty, Roulette, Imperial, and Blue Thumb, to give us a delightful trippy collection of rare 45's, demos, and selected L.P. tracks. As I said, there is not a bad track here with all tracks being at least good, with most tracks being very good to excellent. 

With the selections coming between the years of 1966 to 1969, and only 1 from 1970, this cd has truly hit the Mother Lode of 60's American Psychedelia. Some of my favorites are The Third Bardo with "Five Years Ahead Of My Time", Detroit's SRC with "Up All Night", Morning dew with "Crusader's Smile", The Fallen Angels with "Mother's Homesick Too", a totally fuzz-drenched, Psych instrumental by The Human Beinz titled ""April 15th", and even an early Steve Miller Band gem labeled "The Beauty Of Time Is That It's Snowing", which was from their 1968 debut, "Children Of The Future". 

Moving along to other choice tracks, we get the very rare Mother Trucker's Yellow Duck with "One Ring Jam", Chris & Craig with the middle-Eastern influenced "Isha", with harpsichord and trippy-harmony vocals, Mad River with the instrumental "Wind Chimes", Gandalf with the Raga-rock guitar of "Can You Travel In the Dark Alone?", Hour Glass with "Bells", David Axelrod with the Jazz-Psych "Urizen", The Common People with "Soon There'll Be Thunder", and Quicksilver Messenger Service with the rare B-side "Bears" It is rather ironic that the last track in the collection done by 

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, titled "Ah Feel Like Ahcid", is essentially the only track that is Not Psychedelic-flavored but more a Raw-Blues gumbo mix. I think the reason it was used was to complete the collection with the title. 

Along with the excellent Psychedelic musical selections, we also get an excellent 16 page, very well annotated booklet written by Mr. John Reed that gives valuable info about each and every track on this collection. Also, each tune has either the picture of the L.P. it was taken from or the photo of the 45, is it was a single. I have over 20 Psychedelic compilations in my collection and this one certainly takes it's place at the top. You could call it "Psychedelic Nuggets"! As it says in the great liner notes, "Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out"! I give this baby my 100% SMRZ Guarantee! MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! (By SMRZ!!)

01. The Balloon Farm - A Question Of Temperature - 2.39
02. The Third Bardo - Five Years Ahead Of My Time - 2.14
03. The Book of Changes - I Stole The Goodyear Blimp - 2.22
04. First Crew To The Moon - The Sun Lights Up The Shadows Of Your Mind - 2.19
05. SRC - Up All Night - 3.06
06. Morning Dew - Crusader's Smile - 2.47
07. The Fallen Angels - Mother's Homesick Too - 2.22
08. The Human Beinz - April 15th - 6.55
09. Kim Fowley - Bubblegum - 2.28
10. T.I.M.E. - Tripping Into Sunshine - 3.06
11. The Steve Miller Band - The Beauty Of Time Is That It's Snowing - 5.18
12. The Beach Boys - Never Learn Not To Love - 2.31
13. Chris & Craig - Isha - 2.16
14. The Raik's Progress - Sewer Rat Love Chant - 2.38
15. Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck - One Ring Jane - 4.23
16. Mad River - Wind Chimes - 7.10
17. Gandalf - Can You Travel In The Dark Alone - 3.04
18. Hour Glass - Bells - 2.25
19. Food - Forever Is A Dream - 4.06
20. David Axelrod - Urizen - 4.00
21. The Common People - Soon There'll Be Thunder - 2.21
22. Fargo - Sunny Day Blue - 2.30
23. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Bears - 2.08
24. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Ah Feel Like Ahcid - 3.04

Some Bonus:
25. Ant Trip Ceremony - Four In The Morning - 4.31
26. Bob Smith - Don´t Tell Lady tonight - 3.09
27. Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke and Sasafrass - 2.33
28. Darius - Sweet Mama - 2.34 
29. Euclid - It´s All Over Now - 3.23
30. Gold - Fried Neck Bones (Fillmore West) - 5.33

Part 1: Ahcid
Part 2: Ahcid
Part 1: Ahcid
Part 2: Ahcid
Part 1: Ahcid
Part 2: Ahcid


juan manuel muñoz said...

thanks a lot, my friend

Psyclist said...

Thanks! But in the last track seems to be not ok. A lot of noise that doesn't seem to be there and the track is not complete. Could you upload that track again?

Anonymous said...

Yes, the end of last (30th) track is spoiled.
Anyway, thank you Chris!

TheCountess said...

More fun memories. Thanks again.