I thought I'd share my, and Jon Savage's, ultimate psychedelic comps.

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  1. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tryon, NC, USA
    I posted this a couple years ago on the Audio Asylum, but thought some here may be interested in these 100 song psychedelic comps (which could probably be downloaded today in a weekend, sigh). All tracks come from my own collection.

    The background, I picked up author Jon Savage's "I Want To Take You Higher" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In it, Savage made a list of his top 100 psychedelic songs, 65-69, split 50/50 between the US and UK. It took me two years to track down every track on that list, no downloads, and before Rhino's Nuggets UK boxes had been released.

    Inspired, after completing his comp, I made my own, with the same breakdown, except I had a few Canadian in with the US and a few Irish in with the UK, plus a track or two outside the timeframe. Also, with mine, I tried to show an evolution from the earliest experimentations to boarderline metal or prog tracks that the seen spawned. Like Savage, I deliberately finished with somewhat disturbing tracks that I feel captured the burnout at the end of the era.

    Here are the Savage tracks:
    1. Byrds/Eight Miles High alt. version
    2. The Charlatans/Alabama Bound
    3. Bob Dyaln/Visions of Johanna
    4. Jefferson Airplane/Blues from an Airplane
    5. Country Joe and the Fish/Section 43
    6. The Great Society/Somebody to Love
    7. Captain Beefhear and the Magic Band/Electricity
    8. The Oxford Circle/Foolish Woman
    9. 13th Floor Elevators/Roller Coaster
    10. Vejatables/Feel the Music
    11. The Count Five/Psychotic Reaction
    12. The Misunderstood/Children of the Sun
    13. Sons of Adam/Feathered Fish
    14. Love/7 and 7 is
    15. The Beach Boys/Good Vibrations
    16. Sopwith Camel/Frantic Desolation
    17. The Doors/The Crystal Ship
    18. The Seeds/Mr. Farmer
    19. Kaleidoscope/Keep Your Mind Open
    20. The Electric Prunes/Get Me To The World On Time
    21. The Mystery Trend/Johnny Was a Good Boy
    22. Moby Grape/Omaha
    23. Third Bardo/I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time
    24. Jefferson Airplane/White Rabbit
    25. Tim Buckley/Hallucinations
    26. The Chocolate Watchband/Are You Going To Be There?(At the Love-In)
    27. Big Brother and the Holding Company/Ball and Chain
    28. Painted Faces/Anxious Color
    29. The Beau Brummels/Magic Hollow
    30. Buffalo Springfield/Broken Arrow
    31. The Strawberry Alarmclock/Incense and Peppermints
    32. Love/The Red Telephone
    33. The Byrds/Chage Is Now
    34. Otis Redding/(Sittin' On)The Dock of the Bay
    35. The Balloon Farm/A Question of Temperature
    36. Sly and the Family Stone/Dance to the Musci
    37. Quicksilver Messenger Service/Pride of Man
    38. The Grateful Dead/That's It For the Other One
    39. Iron Butterfly/In-a-gadda-da-vida
    40. Steppenwolf/Magic Carpet Ride
    41. The Steve Miller Band/Song For Our Ancestors
    42. Lothar and the Handpeople/Machines
    43. Tommy James and the Shondells/Crimson and Clover
    44. White Lightning/William
    45. Spirit/Dream Within a Dream
    46. Alexander "Skip" Spence/War in Peace
    47. The Youngbloods/Darkness, Darkness
    48. The Grateful Dead/Mountains of the Moon
    49. Kak/The Electric Sailor
    50. Jimi Hendrix/The Star Spangled Banner

    1. The Beatles/Tomorrow Never Knows
    2. The Rolling Stones/Paint it Black
    3. Creation/Making Time
    4. Donovan/Season of the Witch
    5. The Yardbirds/Happenings Ten Year's Time Ago
    6. Cream/I Feel Free
    7. The Beatles/Strawberry Fields Forever
    8. Pink Floyd/Interstellar Overdrive
    9. Smoke/My Friend Jack
    10. The Small Faces/Green Circles
    11. David McWilliams/Days of Pearly Spencer
    12. The Poets/In Your Tower
    13. The Move/I Can Here the Grass Grow
    14. The Jimi Hendrix Experience/Are You Experienced?
    15. The Troggs/Wild Thing
    16. Traffic/Paper Sun
    17. John's Children/Midsummer Night's Scene
    18. The Beatles/It's All Too Much
    19. The Attack/Colours of My Mind
    20. The Small Faces/Itchycoo Park
    21. The Jimi Hendrix Experience/The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice
    22. Pink Floyd/Matilda Mother
    23. The Rolling Stones/We Love You
    24. The Who/Relax
    25. Kaleidoscope/Flight From Ashiya
    26. The Pretty Things/Deflecting Grey
    27. The Herd/From the Underworld
    28. The 23rd Turnoff/Michaelangelo
    29. The Hollies/King Midas in Reverse
    30. Svensk/Dream Magazine
    31. The Idle Race/Imposters of Life's Magazine
    32. Eric Burdon and the Animals/San Francisco Nights
    33. The Troggs/Love Is All Around
    34. Tintern Abbey/Vaccuum Cleaner
    35. Dantalian's Chariot/Madman Running Through the Fields
    36. Simon Dupree and the Big Sound/Kites
    37. The Beatles/I Am the Walrus
    38. Tomorrow/Revolution
    39. Fairport Convention/It's All Right Ma, It's Only Witchcraft
    40. Status Quo/Pictures of Matchstick Men
    41. The Apple/The Otherside
    42. The Mirror/Faster Than Light
    43. Nirvana/Rainbow Chaser
    44. Big Boy Pete/Cold Turkey
    45. Family/Me My Friend
    46. Pink Floyd/Jugband Blues
    47. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown/Fire
    48. The Jimi Hendrix Experience/1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be) Moon, Turn the Tides...Gently, Gently Away
    49. The Nice/Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon
    50. Blind Faith/Can't Find My Way Home


    1. The Charlatans/Codine
    2. The Emergency Crew/Caution (Do Not Stop on the Tracks)
    3. Ken Kesey w/ Ken Dobbs and the Merry Band of Pranksters/Peggy the Pistol
    4. 13th Floor Elevators/Kingdom of Heaven
    5. The Association/Along Comes Mary
    6. David Blue/It Tastes Like Candy
    7. The Leaves/Hey Joe
    8. The Great Society/White Rabbit
    9. The Beau Brummels/Gentle Wandering Ways
    10. The New Tweedy Bros./Somebody's Sleeping
    11. The Blues Magoos/(We Ain't Got) Nothing Yet
    12. The Seeds/Pushing Too Hard
    13. Big Brother and the Holding Company/Light Is Faster Than Sound
    14. The Monkees/Randy Scouse Git
    15. Moby Grape/Hey Grandma
    16. The Red Crayola/Freeformfreakout Hurricane Fighter Plane freeformfreakout Transparent Radiation freeformfreakout War Sucks
    17. Kaleidoscope/Egyptian Gardens
    18. The Beach Boys/Surf's Up (Smile outtake)
    19. The Grass Roots/Live For Today
    20. The Turtles/Grim Reaper of Love
    21. The Electric Prunes/Antique Doll
    22. H.P. Lovecraft/It's About Time
    23. Country Joe and the Fish/Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
    24. The Doors/Strange Days
    25. The Byrds/Renaissance Fair
    26. The Chocolate Watchband/Dark Side of the Mushroom
    27. The Boston Tea Party/In Their Shoes
    28. The Lemon Pipers/Green Tambourine
    29. The Mothers of Invention/Mom and Dad
    30. Jake Holmes/Dazed and Confused
    31. The First Edition/Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
    32. Blue Cheer/Summertime Blues
    33. The Ultimate Spinach/Ego Trip
    34. It's A Beautiful Day/White Bird
    35. The Steve Miller Band/Children of the Future
    36. The Travel Agency/Sorry That You Were Born
    37. The Amboy Dukes/Journey to the Center of the Mind
    38. Jefferson Airplane/Lather
    39. Gandalf/Can You Travel In the Dark Alone
    40. Tommy James and the Shondells/Crystal Blue Persuasion
    41. The Merry-Go-Round/Time Will Show the Wiser
    42. The Chambers Brothers/Time Has Come Today
    43. Ronald Dyson and the original cast of Hair/Aquarius
    44. The Temptations/Cloud Nine
    45. The Nazz/Open My Eyes
    46. The Grateful Dead/Dark Star
    47. The Bentwind/Riverside
    48. Bubble Puppy/Hot Smoke and Sassafrass
    49. Genesis/Ten Second Song
    50. Quicksilver Messenger Service

    1. Ron Grainger/(Theme from) Dr. Who
    2. Donovan/Sunny Goodge Street
    3. The Rolling Stones/Mother's Little Helper
    4. The Yardbirds/Over, Under, Sideways, Down
    5. The Beatles/Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience/Purple Haze
    7. The Move/Cherry Blossom Clinic
    8. Kaleidoscope/Faintly Blowing
    9. The Kinks/I'm Not Like Everybody Else
    10. Jeff Beck/Hi-Ho Silver Lining
    11. Love Sculpture/In the Land of the Few
    12. John's Children/Jagged Time Lapse
    13. Procol Harum/Whiter Shade of Pale
    14. Fleur de Lys/Going With a Luminous Nose
    15. Our Plastic Dream/A Little Bit of Shangrila
    16. The Incredible String Band/Painting Box
    17. The Bee Gees/Cucumber Castle
    18. Pink Floyd/Arnold Lane
    19. The Nice/Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack
    20. The Hollies/Dear Eloise
    21. Traffic/Dear Mr. Fantasy
    22. Donovan/Wear Your Love Like Heaven
    23. The Who/I Can See For Miles
    24. The Rolling Stones/2000 Light Years From Home
    25. Manfred Mann/Country Dancing
    26. The Jimi Hendrix Experience/All Along the Watchtower
    27. The Moody Blues/Legend of a Mind
    28. Eric Burdon and the Animals/Year of the Guru
    29. Small Faces/Afterglow
    30. Cream/White Room
    31. Big Boy Pete/Twas Not So Short Ago
    32. Tomorrow/My White Bicycle
    33. The Ace Kefford Stand/Groovy Booby Jam
    34. Nirvana/It Happened Two Sundays Ago
    35. Pink Floyd/Paint Box
    36. The Pretty Things/Balloon Burning
    37. The Yardbirds/Dazed and Confused
    38. The Zombies/Time of the Season
    39. Bonzo Dog Band/Urban Spaceman
    40. Chad & Jeremy/Pipe Dream
    41. Them/Walking in the Queen's Garden
    42. King Crimson/21st Century Schizoid Man including Mirrors
    43. Black Widow/In Ancient Days
    44. Mighty Baby/Egyptian Tomb
    45. Harvey Mandel/You Can't Tell Me
    46. The Uglies/Quiet Explosion
    47. Eire Apparent
    48. Fleetwood Mac/Green Manalishi
    49. Hawkwind/Be Yourself
    50. Syd Barrett/Opel

    I'm gone for the weekend, so get out your love beads, reminice, and see how many of these you know or have.
  2. Jack Son #9 Dream

    Jack Son #9 Dream I Dig Love

    Which Eire Apparent song did you use? You don't have the title on that one.

    There are some great songs here..."Keep Your Mind Open" (Kaleidopscope), "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone" (Gandalf), "Ego Trip" (Ultimate Spinach), "War In Peace" (Skip Spence), "Mom and Dad" (Mothers of Invention)...actually, it's hard finding a song here I don't like!

    The only thing I may have a gripe with is Moby Grape. Don't get me wrong, I love "Omaha," but why is that always the song that gets picked out of all their great material? I always thought "Motorcycle Irene" was a better example of Skip's writing, and it has some good psychedelic references in the lyrics...very "of the times" with that touch of lunacy that only Skip could give it!

    Same thing with Strawberry Alarm Clock. I'd go with something other than "Incense and Peppermints," the only psychedelic song you'll ever hear in a grocery store!

    But otherwise this is really cool. I love it! :)
  3. BIG ED

    BIG ED Well-Known Member

    Thanks for...
    <> glup! Sorry, flashback!!!

  4. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tryon, NC, USA
    Ah, but Jon Savage used Omaha in HIS comp. I used "Hey Grandma." Ditto with Incense and Peppermints.

    My biggest complaint was why did he think a few guitar sound effects make Dock of the Bay a psychedelic song. Great, yes. About San Fran., yes, but psych? No.

    The Eire Apparent song I used was "Yes I Need Someone"

    I wish someone would make a similar list for prog. I've got a lot of the big Prog albums, but know there was a large European scene that I know nothing about.
  5. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Not "Revisited"?
  6. aswyth

    aswyth Forum Resident

    LA, CA
    You also left the title of your Quicksilver Messenger Servive choice, I'd be curious to see what that is. I have about 70% of these tracks . . . nice list!
  7. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tryon, NC, USA
    Oops. It was "Joseph's Coat"

    The two hardest tracks to find while completing the Savage list were Svensk/Dream Magazine (I had to buy an expensive, original 45) and Big Boy Pete/Cold Turkey which came off a privately produced (i.e. bootleg) compilation album.
  8. Phlo

    Phlo Formerly dave-o

    Memphis, TN
  9. Beatle Terr

    Beatle Terr Super Senior SH Forum Member Musician & Guitarist

    Totally Far OUT MAN, in the US tracks I was so glad to see #48 by Bubble Puppy!! Both of your top 50 both US and UK songs seem to be what I was hearing on the radio at that time period. I mean both on radio AM and FM as well as on the LP's and what songs bands really were covering to play out also!! GREAT JOB on your lists!! :thumbsup:
  10. mgb70

    mgb70 Forum Resident

    Orlando, FL
    Fantastic List! I'm making a multi-disc comp for my brother and I found a few tracks I forgot to include...
  11. Robin L

    Robin L Musical Omnivore

    Fresno, California
    I'd include the Holy Modal Rounders "My Mind Capsized" from "The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders". Ouch!
  12. lennonfan

    lennonfan New Member

    baltimore maryland
    another great psych track is Eve by Adam. Is it on any comps? I just have it on 45.
    ..and the Holy Modal Rounders If You Want To Be A Bird is trippy as well.
    That is a great list...I have about 80% of them, a few I don't know and should check out...only a couple I kinda went 'eh'. :)
    ...always great to read about psych songs!
  13. Laservampire

    Laservampire ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Wow, I think there's 15 songs in the first UK list that I don't own :D

    I can't wait to get paid so I can go out and buy more Psych!

    Great list man! :righton:
  14. child of nature

    child of nature dreaming, more or less

    Those are great lists! Thanks for sharing. :righton:

    As far as US psych tracks to, I was suprised to see no mention of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band...maybe something from A Child's Guide to Good & Evil would be a groovy additon. I think I'd also add something from Spirit, particularly from The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.

    On the UK side, it seems like I'm always writing about this song, but I'd add The Factory's "Path Through The Forest." I'd also add something from The Smoke (UK).
  15. GoldenBoy

    GoldenBoy Purple People Eater

    I would include a song on there by an artist that most would not identify in any way with the psychedelic movement. Even so, if you listen to it in the , er, right state of mind, I don't know what else you could call it. The song would be Buck Owens - 'Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass'.
  16. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tryon, NC, USA
    My Friend Jack (Smoke) and Dream Within A Dream (Spirit) were on the John Savage lists. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band did not come into my possession until the reissue, which was sometime after I completed this comp.
  17. child of nature

    child of nature dreaming, more or less

    Sorry--I didn't see those tracks in the Savage lists! I read through it twice...my eyes must be going. :help: Thanks!
  18. Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits Just Another Compilation

    I know you chose "Lucy.." over "Tomorrow" but which version of "Tomorrow Never Knows" would you use? The album version is what I'm guessing but the alternate first version would also work.

    I would also add The Buckinghams "Susan" to the US list. Gotta love the freak-out in the middle.
  19. Jimbo

    Jimbo Forum Hall Of Fame

    Zero/Zero Island
    Nice work! When I made a psychedlic comp for a friend of mine, my Monkees pick was "Daily Nightly"--it's a freakout, man!
  20. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Gee, I wonder where Led Zeppelin got the idea for the noisy bit in "Whole Lotta Love"?
  21. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tryon, NC, USA
    It's funny you mention The Buckinghams. I was indexing my record collection, and the program jammed while I was trying to enter Kind Of A Drag. So I'm taking a break!
  22. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    Excellent work! Nice sequencing also.
  23. Runt

    Runt Forum Resident

    Motor City
    Awesome lists...only thing I might recommend (unless I missed it) on the U.S. lists would be "A Question of Temperature" by The Balloon Farm. :righton:
  24. indy mike

    indy mike Forum Pest

    Lotta fuzz work going on in that song...
  25. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tryon, NC, USA
    I looked for that song for years after hearing it on a cooler radio station, but was never able to locate a copy until the Rhino nuggets box came out, which was after I compiled this list.

    Is it a question of love...?
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