Monday, March 16, 2020

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Psychedellic Guitars" (1967)

"Psychedellic Guitars" (front)

This is an early example of a cash-in psych album.  And yes, the word “psychedelic” is spelled wrong on the album.  Not once, but three times.  Kind of funny.  The music is mostly scrappings that were leftover from earlier recordings guitarist Jerry Cole (uncredited) did while making the highly sought-after psych album..."The Inner Sounds Of The Id." (1967)  And then later..."The Animated Egg." (1968)  But he hadn't gotten to that one yet.  Some of the scraps are pretty good.  Others, not so much.  But they were quickly gathered up and shoveled onto albums much like this one.  All trying to get a seat on the magic carpet psych train that was becoming a thing.  As I said, some are better than others, but they're all still fun to spin and quite collectible to many Jerry Cole fans.

The songs on “Psychedellic Guitars” are instrumentals, but more garageabilly than psych.  Like what you might hear at an “A-Go-Go” with cage dancers.  Hey, what do I know?  I don't know anything.  Sure, I was expecting more trippy on my peanut butter, but when you find some Jerry Cole hiding out in the stacks, it's kinda fun to grab it.  “It's all part of the experience, Russ."  Go wash your hands.

"Psychedellic Guitars" (back)

Custom Records label

"Psychedellic Guitars" - Jerry Cole (uncredited) / "Psychedellic Guitars" (1967)

A1  "Lets Ride Again"
A2  "Take A Trip"
A3  "Flowers"
A4  "Love In"
A5  "Psychedellic Ripple"
B1  "Coming On"
B2  "Unchained Soul"
B3  "Way Out"
B4  "Take Me Back"
B5  "Psychedellic Guitars"

Jerry Cole - guitar
L.A. session musicians

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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