The psychedelic band has a complex legacy that goes beyond its big hit, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," critic Milo Miles says. A newly released concert recording from 1968 provides the best chance in decades for a fresh look at Iron Butterfly.
SMiLE may be the most famous unreleased album of all time, but it's not really unreleased: bits and pieces of it wound up on other Beach Boys albums. Now that EMI has assembled a definitive collection of the session tracks, Ed Ward has listened to them -- and wonders what the shouting was about.
Roky Erickson was the front man for the 13th Floor Elevators, the first band to be called psychedelic. While they never became superstars, the Texas band's influence can still be felt today. Rock historian Ed Ward has a retrospective on Erickson's career.
Rock historian Ed Ward continues with part two of his review of the Nuggets Two box set. This time he focuses on music from Europe, South America and Asia. The CD collection is called Nuggets Two: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969.
Rock historian Ed Ward reviews the new four-CD set Nuggets Two: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969, an expanded compilation of psychedelic obscurities put out by Rhino Records.
Commentator Milo Miles reviews the new album by Olivia Tremor Control, "Black Foliage: Animation Music." (Flydaddy, Inc) The record company says this about the new album. "Foliage is consumed with the exploration of dreams: hopes and longings, fears and phobias that we admit to only when we sleep. It is an attempt to turn our subconscious into music.
World music critic Milo Miles reviews "Grayfolded" by the Canadian avant-gardist John Oswald which is two extended versions of the Grateful Dead song "Dark Star." Using a technique called "plunderphonics" Oswald took recordings from the Dead and manipulated them electronically. (If you can't find the album in your record store, it can be ordered from Swell Productions, 253 College St., #295, Toronto, Canada, M5T 1R5. Phone: 416-531-33330.)