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*APRIL 30, 2016* Psych Trail Mix #10 is now available. This issue includes loads of stuff including interviews with members of The 13th Floor Elevators, including a VERY special interview with the main man of that band, Tommy Hall! Print copies are available for purchase and a free PDF is also available.

*APRIL 20, 2016* Out nowBedpost Oracle started in 1967 in Southern California and released their first 45 'The Break Of Dawn' / 'Love Isn't Dead' as a quartet with lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards on Corby in 1969. In the summer of 1970 the band added a female lead singer to add dynamics to the band's overall sound. This line-up would become the better known Bedpost sound. They continued on playing cover versions of songs groups such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Grand Funk Railroad had popularized. Two more 45s were released including 'Somebody To Love' / 'Chest Fever.' Their 45s are on side A. On side B a mind blowing Jimi Hendrix Jam from 1972 is included, where the band is at its peak.

*APRIL 20, 2016* Hailing from NYC, The Blues Magoos took the folk/blues soundtrack of their mid-sixties Greenwich Village contemporaries and forged it into a tough, garage/psych hybrid that attracted fans as quickly as it angered folk club owners, incensed by the band's volume and unhinged stage show! Signed by Mercury Records in 1966, their inaugural single for the label, a reading of John D. Loudermilk's 'Tobacco Road,' was a churning 4 1/2 minute(!) plunge into crazed guitar/organ/drum/bass pyrotechnics with vocals careening over the top. The release hailed the arrival of a new and wholly unique voice on the rock scene. 

It was also a signpost for a new genre. One of the first albums to use "psychedelic" in the title, it arrived right on time for a generation ready to expand their consciousness with the aid of their turntables. The album's next single, band-penned '(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet,' featured one of the all-time great riffs, an insistent bass run over which keyboards swirled and unison vocals chanted. An absolute smash, '(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet' zoomed to #5 on the national pop charts and made the band an exotic household name. 

In total, The Blues Magoos released three amazing albums and eight incredible singles on Mercury. Longtime fans, Sundazed has now gathered all sixteen A- and B-sides together on The Blues Magoos: Mercury Singles (1966-1968). Featuring the accurate, original mono single mixes from the Mercury masters, these songs have NEVER sounded better!

*APRIL 20, 2016* Tampa, Florida legends The Tropics released a stack of great records in the sixties. But none of those singles is more coveted by garage collectors than their '66 masterpiece, 'You Better Move;' a tambourine-bashing, harmonica-wailin,' epic screamer. With its super-threatening lyrics, delivered in a pathologically aggravated state by Tropics lead vocalist Mel Dryer, this record serves as a master class in anger mismanagement. 'You Better Move,' incidentally, was co-penned by guitarist Buddy Pendergrass and a former Tropic, Dave Burke (who soon appeared on two Standells albums on Tower). B-side 'It's You I'll Miss' finds the versatile Tropics in a Byrds bag; with a jangly, expertly-sung original. This Sundazed single places the Tropics at the top of the list of '66 garage bands, from Florida or any corner of the US of A. On translucent red vinyl!

*APRIL 4, 2016* Tommy Hall, the guru of '60s psychedelic rock, is a fascinating figure in musical history. Tommy Hall and his 13th Floor Elevators were the first psychedelic band in history and helped bring in this psychedelic era. Tommy is considered by many to be the best lyricists of his time. Slip Inside This House is a documentary about the life of Tommy Hall of The 13th Floor Elevators: his childhood, his days as a student at the University of Texas in the '60s, his studies in the philosophies in consciousness and cosmic human experience, the inspiration behind his art, the forming of The 13th Floor Elevators, and aspects of The Design (his current work). Tommy is a reclusive figure that has not allowed anyone to interview him in-dept on film. The project started in April 2015 when Tommy Hall gave George Ripley both his cooperation and blessing to the project. It is not likely ever to occur again. Note: A explanation of the lyrics to 'Slip Inside This House' was filmed as part of the documentary. Many have wanted to know the meaning of this opus for ages without luck in getting them. In this documentary, audience will get a 40 minute explanation by Tommy where he reads out each verse and explains the meaning. It will tell his life through vintage and contemporary photographs and numerous interviews with Tommy, members of The 13th Floor Elevators, and their soundman, contemporaries and audience members from the sixties as well as Tommy's former-wife, his stepson, his brother, and his sister.

Currently the project has obtained numerous photographs from various time periods of Tommy Hall's life. It has also obtained a scan of the Texas Governor's proclamation in recognition of the The 13th Floor Elevators directly from the Governor's office. Also of note, Tommy Hall has re-recorded three of his old songs to be used in the soundtrack, and as well, he is contributing several new musical compositions for the soundtrack.

Many other interviews with others close to Tommy are forthcoming. We are attempting to get rights to use Stacy Sutherland (the 13th Floor Elevator'’s lead guitarist) and Sandy Lockett (the 13th Floor Elevator'’s soundman) interviews with their estates. Gay Jones, Tommy Hall'’s significant other of 48 years, is pending.

The 13th Floor Elevators' contemporary influence has been acknowledged by 1960s musicians such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Peter Albin of Big Brother and The Holding Company, Chris Gerniottis of Zakary Thaks and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane.

*MARCH 31, 2016* Tales of the Mystic Knights: Band of Brothers is a raucous account of Southern boys in a rock and roll band in the mid-'60s. Like countless teenagers, Kingfish was greatly influenced by the Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. The British Invasion ensued and groups like The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, The Zombies, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, and Herman's Hermits flooded their brand of music into America. This phenomenon spawned the growth of garage bands on virtually every corner in the USA. The Mystic Knights were organized after Kingfish had played in different groups over the years. The action takes you on a delightful journey of experiences and life’s joys and challenges. The Mystic Knights became a viable force after the right combination of band members was assembled. Take a front row seat and witness their gigs, shenanigans, and camaraderie. You'll cheer for more as you reminisce about wonderful songs and vicarious memories of the "Swinging Sixties".

*MARCH 24, 2016* Coming next month is Ugly Things #41: Now available for pre-order. Features an expansive interview with John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful, plus The Ugly Ducklings, The Joint Effort, Cuby + Blizzards, The Beachnuts, The Fallouts, Cyril Jordan, 6iX, and interviews with Elliott Murphy, Suzannah Jordan, Lemmy, and Moulty of The Barbarians. Ships in about two weeks -- as soon as it gets back from the printer.

*MARCH 24, 2016* From Norton Records: In the early 1960s, Rhode Island teenagers fell into two camps--Collegiates ("coh-leege" for short), the prim and proper university-bound studious types, and Mondos, who donned skintight black peg pants, black boots and collarless jackets. As for a certain group of Woonsocket High School students, it was obvious they didn't exactly have SAT test scores in mind when blasting out one of Rhode Island's finest rock and roll moments, 'Rip It Up', back in 1964.

The Mondos are the earliest waxed garage rock n' roll band from the Ocean State, with their self-released debut disc 'Mondo Moe' appearing on their own FM label in 1963.

Coming March 25 from Crypt Records...
*MARCH 4, 2016* Love are one of those acts, a bit like Gram Parsons, who are very hip to namecheck as an influence. Their seminal album, Forever Changes, is often cited by many musicians as one of their favorites (it was #40 in Rolling Stone magazine's Top 500 albums) and the band have an aura of the Californian "Turn on, tune in, drop out" vibe. 

A hard band to pigeonhole, their music drew on many influences from rock, garage, folk and psychedelia, but they were one of the first racially diverse groups. For such an influential band, surprisingly little has been written about them. 

This book is a welcome addition therefore, particularly as it is penned by the band's official historian, Bruno Ceriotti

Johnny Echols' Love Revisited are still keeping the memory alive, but Ceriotti has wisely chosen to focus only up to 1971 when the original band split up. The book is in the handy timeline format with many original pictures and interviews. Ceriotti leaves no stone unturned to tell the Love story from Arthur Lee's birth in Tennessee though to his breaking up the original band in 1971. Echols contributed a foreword, as did Michael Stuart-Ware, the band's drummer from back in the day who played on Forever Changes and Da Capo. Whilst not an official biography, Arthur Lee's widow, Diane, has offered encouragement to the author as she is keen to keep her late husband's memory alive. 

The timing of this book couldn't be better. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the band's debut album so interest will be high. In fact, the book will get two bites of the cherry as 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Forever Changes and all things psychedelic are likely to be in vogue with it being 50 years since the Summer of Love.

By the way, the book's title derives from a Love song from their first album, written by Bacharach and David. The former was unimpressed with Love's version!

*FEBRUARY 22, 2016* New from Cicadelic RecordsFor the first time ever the crucial and most creative period of Johnny Winter's career is compiled on this thirty-six song, two-CD set, covering the years 1965 to 1968. All the recordings are sourced from the original four-track half-inch masters and first generation mix down tapes with twenty-one tracks previously unreleased. The jewels in the crown of this collection are the two different versions of 'Birds Can't Row Boats' (originally titled 'Byrds Can't Row Boats' and 'You Were Once A Man') and the two unreleased versions of the Gene Clark penned Byrds' song 'The World Turns All Around Her.' An added bonus is the sixteen-page booklet full of rare and never before seen Johnny Winter memorabilia such as handwritten letters, original sheet music, contracts, and photos. All of this incredible material is sure to astonish anyone who thought they had seen and heard everything when it comes to Johnny Winter. In other words Byrds Can't Row Boats is Exhibit A as to why Johnny Winter belongs in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

*FEBRUARY 18, 2016* From Sundazed: The complete Electric Prunes Reprise-label singles 1966-1969! The original mixes from the master reels!

The Electric Prunes perfectly bridged the edgy, fuzz-fueled garage-rock of contemporaries like The Blues Magoos and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators with a diligent, progressive studio craft reminiscent of The Beatles and Beach Boys. And now, we're extremely proud to present a deluxe Sundazed gatefold-edition double-LP set, compiling the legendary Prunes' single sides - all of which magnificently helped draw the road map of American Psychedelia, '66-69… 

With detailed, insightful liner notes by David Fricke, candid words from band leader James Lowe, rare photos and more, our release is sourced right from the vintage Reprise singles masters. This set features seldom-heard mixes and versions, exactly as they were originally unleashed on the band's legendary singles… 

So, dim the lights and turn that amp up loud - and blast into the world's first-ever vinyl collection of these mighty and intense A&B sides - it's a Prunes project twenty years in the making for us (no kidding) - and one of our most important releases ever!

*FEBRUARY 18, 2016* The Fifth Estate is offering downloads of many rare and unreleased songs via CB Baby. Available now are The Best Of, On The Road, Higher Density and Surf, Rocks and Fuzz compilations. Other compilations will be released throughout 2016. More information is also available via the band's updated website.

*FEBRUARY 18, 2016* Children were a great psychedelic band from San Antonio, TX, who released only one classic album on Cinema in 1968 (later that year picked up by Atco). Starting out as The Stoics back in 1966, they later evolved into The Mind’s Eye, then their final incarnation as Children with the beautiful female vocals of Cassell Webb. Ex- Monkee Davy Jones took them under his wing in 1967, promoting them on the LA Sunset Strip Club scene!

“Rebirth” combines soft psych and baroque pop with fuzzed out psychedelia. Produced by Lelan Rogers (13th Floor Elevators, Golden Dawn, etc). Original gatefold artwork faithful to the beautiful Cinema original release. Newly remastered sound. Insert with detailed liner notes/photos.

*FEBRUARY 4, 2016* Available now from Break-A-Way Records, a repress of the excellent Horde album: LP contains a blend of exciting originals and well chosen, inspired covers, played in a raw, crude and frantic style. If ever it were true that the over-used assertion that a band's cover versions measured up to the originals, then it is true of The Horde. Why? These five 19-20 year old students from all over the United States did not only blaze a trail for '60s rock in then conservative North Carolina, they also had a general attitude that finds its origins in the young people's mindset of the mid-sixties. This is one of the sharpest local '60s garage albums and you are exhorted to PRESS BUTTONS FIRMLY.
  • Rarest '60s garage album by North Carolina students from early 1967
  • Great LP sized full glossy Inlay w/pic and liners
  • 300 copy repress with three different handmade, lavish front covers of 100 copies each
  • Even too rare for Pokora but finally received a 6-star rarity scale at his 7001 book 

*FEBRUARY 3, 2016* Available early March from Break-A-Way RecordsThe Penthouse 5 were one of thousands of Texas bands influenced by the mid '60s British Invasion sound. Hailing from Dallas suburb Oak Cliff, the group had its heyday from 1966-67, when they recorded a number of group originals and released two 45s. The band is best remembered for their 1966 garage killer 'Bad Girl', the Beatleesque 'You're Gonna Make Me' and more Byrds-like folk rocking recordings such as 'In The Shadow' or 'Don't Mess Around With My Dream.' Several 1967 recorded and more psychedelic-influenced tracks remained unreleased, but demonstrate the musical versatility of the band. In 1966 the group underwent a substantial line-up change when three of the original band members, among them vocalist Rob Graham, left the group. He was replaced by Jon Williams, who had previously been with The By Fives and WordD. Alongside the Penthouse 5 recordings, the rare 7"ers of  these closely linked bands are all collected for this release. Additionally an until now completely unknown five-track acetate recorded in 1965 rounds up this collection of rare and lost recordings by one of the greatest local sixties bands from the Lone Star State.

Available in the middle of February...
Coming in mid-February from Crypt Records (LP)
Coming in mid-February from Crypt Records (LP)
Coming in mid-February from Crypt Records (CD)
*JANUARY 14, 2016* Clear Light's eponymous 1967 album is one of the jewels of Elektra Records' 1960s catalogue. A short-lived, much-loved Los Angeles aggregate, the band is best known for including sometime Doors bassist Doug Lubahn and future CSNY and Manassas drummer Dallas Taylor, but Clear Light's blend of quirky songwriting and psychedelic arrangement has helped make their record become a cult classic.

Produced by Paul Rothchild (Doors, Love), the record was intended to showcase the dynamic double-drumkit sound of the group. Previous reissues have sounded flat, but this definitive remaster gives the record the punch it deserves. A major bonus are several excellent, recently uncovered outtakes from the June 1967 sessions for Clear Light, which are featured alongside the non-LP side 'She's Ready To Be Free' (in both mono and stereo mixes) and a rare single by Clear Light precursors The Brain Train.

In addition to the expanded contents and sonic upgrade, in-depth liner notes by Clear Light biographer Gray Newell and some rare illustrations help make this Big Beat release the last word on Clear Light's legacy.

*JANUARY 14, 2016* Now available for ordering. The Monkees: The Complete Series on Blu-Ray:
  • All 58 episodes, newly remastered in stunning HD from the original negatives for the very first time, plus the 1969 TV Special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 
  • Bonus material featuring commentaries from all four Monkees, original Kellogg's Monkees commercials, and more 
  • The 1968 Monkees film Head in HD with never-before-seen outtakes 
  • Unique packaging including a 7" featuring 'Star Collector' b/w 'Goin' Down' in unique TV mono mixes
  • Strictly limited to 10,000 individually numbered sets 
  • Only available at Monkees.com

*JANUARY 13, 2016* Coming soon from Alona's Records, a reissue of the Abaddon 'Blues Tomorrow'/'Gotta Have It' 45: From the vaults of the legendary Golden Voice Recording Co. comes an official repress of this tuff garage-punk thumper from 1969. This repress comes in a handsome picture sleeve with an insert featuring the history of this much sought after bone-cruncher of a 45! This is a co-release with Golden Voice! Also forthcoming from Alona's Dream is a 12" LP from Gidian's Bible from 1969 and an EP by The Shy Guys. We'll print more details as they're announced.

*JANUARY 10, 2016* After 47 years, all five original members of The Shoguns have reunited and are currently involved in recording new music. Pat, retired from teaching at V.M.I., writes all the material for the band and still performs with other groups in Virginia. In the late 1960's, The Shoguns were one of Northern Kentucky's top rock bands.  After a brief interruption of  47 years, The Shoguns have reunited to record a new album, Highway of Dreams. The new album is comprised of eight new songs, recorded over the last three years, and six songs recorded in the late sixties.

*JANUARY 8, 2016* Welcome to the Sundazed DJ Series: incredible, dance-floor-worthy 7" singles, filled with amazing surf sounds, obscenely rare garage, incredible soul blasts, and other worthy genres without limit! We'll bring back long-lost gems, AND the singles you always wished existed, scouring the vaults for rarities and unissued cuts, from the original masters, and each with cool label reproductions whenever possible. They're licensed from the repertoire owners, making this the first 100% legit line of 45 RPM repros and rarities available! And, true to its name, this series is perfect for cutting edge DJ's looking to spin frenzied floor-fillers without having to transport valuable original pressings to the club. For those about to rock, roll, jerk, stomp, mash, frug and swim, we salute you!

Foggy Notions: An indescribably-great, Chicago '60s garage floor-filler! 'Take Me Back and Hold Me' is a beyond-frantic rocker supercharged with wild guitar and wailing harmonica, while 'Need a Little Lovin'' is a perfectly-moody folk-rocker drenched with electric 6 and 12-string guitars. Nearly impossible to find as an original, Sundazed is proud to offer this 45 as part of its DJ Series. A note-perfect reissue, sourced from the original U.S.A. Records mono masters—you'll have the dance floor packed by the first chorus!

Buckinghams: A most legendary lost recordingthe single that never was! Here's the Buckinghams' extreme-fuzz-fest take on Bo Diddley's 'I'm a Man'a track found only on a mere handful of first pressings of the band's initial longplayer. It is beyond INSANE! We've paired it with the ultra-rare single version of 'Don't Want to Cry,' which features the wild, extended, full-on guitar break. Breathtaking stuff, for sure! Sourced from the original analog U.S.A. Records masters, this 45 is the missing piece of any serious garage collector's library. Grab your copy NOW and turn it WAY up!

Living Children: One year after 1967's "Summer of Love," Living Children entered Golden State Recorders in San Francisco and recorded the magnificent A and B-sides of their only single. 'Crystalize Your Mind' features a hypnotic guitar riff and perfectly-snotty vocal; think the Chocolate Watchband meet the Doors at acid-central. 'Now It's Over' is a melancholy, Byrds-like takethe song's haunting atmosphere will stay with you long after the needle has left the grooves. Sourced from the original Golden State masters, here is your chance to own an incredible, most-elusive 45!

Things To Come: Yessirthe holy grail! We proudly present the most astounding Stones/Them influenced garage/dark psych 45 ever! Here's the impossibly rare 45 of 'Sweetgina' b/w 'Speak Of The Devil'the great lost, '60s West Coast masterpiece. From the original 1965 mono single master, it’s most deadly '60s garage cut ever to hit a Sundazed release. This needs to be in everyone's box, everywhere!

*JANUARY 7, 2016* A treasure trove of previously unreleased West Coast guitar psychedelia, 1966-1975, from Guerssen Records:

This is the incredible story of Uther Pendragon: a lost psychedelic band from San Francisco whose music has remained buried until now. Formed in the Bay Area in 1966 as a teen garage group called Blue Fever, Uther Pendragon lasted from 1966 until 1978. During that time, the band went through different names and phases, as their music evolved from garage to psychedelia to hard-rock: they were known as Blue Fever, Timne, Hodological Mandala, Mandala, Kodiac, Justus, Pendragon…but the core of the band remained always the same: Mark Lightcap (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bruce Marelich (lead guitar, vocals) and Martin Espinosa (bass, vocals) who after finding their ultimate drummer on Mike Beers, finally settled on the Uther Pendragon name in the early '70s.

But despite being in active for all that time and recording lot of tapes and demos at different studios (including their own one in Palo Alto), Uther Pendragon never released any recording at the time. They're not even a footnote on the books about the San Francisco Sound or a small name at those psychedelic posters of the time. Nothing. It's as if they never existed. Until now.

Their complex and fascinating story, which involves winning a Bay Area battle of the bands and playing with Country Joe & The Fishrecording a killer garage-psych 7" acetate in 1967, going to the legendary Pacific Sound Recording studios in 1969 to record a demo, living as a family in the same house for many years and rehearsing seven days a week, building their own recording studio and music corporation, being managed by Craig Pedersen (Something Wild, Tripsichord Music Box), being involved in an occult-themed rock opera called Sabbat, and much more, is being told with all details by Mike Stax from Ugly Things in the extensive liner notes.

Culled from the band's vast archive of tapes, San Francisco Earthquake includes their unknown until now 7" acetate from 1967 (fab garage-psych in the vein of Human Expression or Music Machine); never released '66-'69 tracks including a groundbreaking, moody psycher from 1966; a previously unreleased demo tape from 1969 recorded at Pacific Recording--an incredible document for any lover of early SF garage-psych (think Oxford Circle, Savage Resurrection, Moby Grape…) and many tracks recorded at their home studio in Palo Alto. We're talking 100% unadulterated West Coast guitar psych and hard-rock which recall QMS and even Kurihara-era White Heaven.

*JANUARY 4, 2016* Coming from Roaratorio in February: The Cleveland Wrecking Company were formed in San Francisco in 1965. Their members came from jazz, flamenco and R&B backgrounds, but together their psychedelic brew verged on Blue Cheer heaviness. As perennial local favorites, they gigged at every stage in the area. They left behind no recorded artifacts during this time; a deal with Vanguard went nowhere, when their manager absconded to Mexico with the album advance on an ill-fated mission to buy a kilo of pot. A later incarnation of the band – with a completely different lineup and musical style – released a 45 that has since become a favorite of cratedigging DJs, but This is not That. These two tracks hail from 1967-1968: One studio, one live (the sonics on the latter may remind of the VU's "guitar amp" boot, but with a solo as overdriven and atonal as this, it’s a plus). With liner notes by Jim Moscoso (Cleveland Wrecking Company vocalist, bassist, brother of Victor) and rare photographs.

*JANUARY 1, 2016* Out now from Golden Pavilion Records: The Blue Forest: A Thousand Trees Deep -- "USA produced such a vast variety of garage bands, that were highly influenced by major known bands of the time like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix & The Experience and The Grateful Dead. Every little town in the U.S. has been over-flooded with teenagers full of enthusiasm and ideas reflecting the electrifying times, when everything suddenly seemed to be possible. One of the better local bands, that came and went with the '60s fading into plastic '70s were Ventura County's Bleu Forest. So far only a handful of people heard these 1968 unreleased recordings, which were hidden in Caviness (only surviving member) basement and let me say this: What we have here is a lost psych-garage classic. A crossover between groovy melodies of Moby Grape mixed with Steppenwolf heaviness. Limited to 500 copies on vinyl in gatefold cover including a detailed story by only surviving member."

Coming in January, a special 1966 issue featuring The Monkees, Shadows of Knight, The Dovers, Love and more...