13th Floor Elevators lp was released November ’66
The Deep release date is unclear ,but thought to be late October/early Nov.
Rusty Evans started off as rockabilly, releasing his first lp ,"I lived,I loved,I lost" in '63. Then there was the "Songs of Our Land" lp which - as you may think from the title - had Guthrie/Seeger folk moves. I think two other lps followed - none of interest here.
He shared Greenwitch venue with the likes of folkies like Fred Neil and Dylan. (Crosby too.)
2 Folkways lps and "All Night Singers" with two women in the band.
In '65, Rusty first dipped into "psych"-lite with the single "1983" on Musicor label.
Later he had connections with the excellent Tripsichord Music Box, Its A Beautiful Day and 5th Pipe Dream.
The Deep kicked-off as a clearly garage/folkrock. (I never could hear much psych here, but,afterall, this was psych in its most rudimentary stage.
Because of the (unfortunate) front cover where "Psychedelic Psoul" is put directly above Freakscene, peeps - what is the word? - misconstrued it to think the band named P.Psoul. (An even better example of confusion-rendering is the Joyride/Friendsound lp.)
The trouble with The Freak Scene lp is the throw-away counterculture-narration track.
"Draft Beer Not Students" is plain irksome (and very dated) fill.
The other thing is that it was recorded high into the treble. This can grate if you take in the whole lp - however short it is - at one listen.
Oh yeah - there is a slowed-down version of the classic, "Million Grains of Sand" on the Marcus lp -bitta orchestrated as well.
Sammmmmy has not listened to The Deep lp for over 20 years now, but, on recently taking the short 31 minutes ,Sammms be distinctly under-whelmed on the psychedelic front.
the Beatles, among many, were blown away by Pet Sounds
Contributing to psychedelia's emergence into the pop mainstream was the release of Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (May 1966) and the Beatles' Revolver (August 1966). Often considered one of the earliest albums in the canon of psychedelic rock,[nb 12] Pet Sounds contained many elements that would be incorporated into psychedelia, with its artful experiments, psychedelic lyrics based on emotional longings and self-doubts, elaborate sound effects and new sounds on both conventional and unconventional instruments
I have a trade copy of "Wild In The Streets" lp. Groups titled The Gurus and 13th power (or summart loike that).
The movie starred Hal holbrook ,Shelly Duval and Richard Prior.
The lead character was called Max Frost. Isn't there a band, max Frost and the Troopers" or summat, which did the track "Shape of things to come"?
When you want to go extreme Trans Cosmic-Trip Express, and utterly flip your lid -like Beany Boy and Cecil the Seasick Serpent - try TAKEHISHA KOSHUGI's "CatchWave" lp ,('75).
Greg Pawleko really goes for this one in his catalogue and warns that them who fly the heights dont necessarily come back down.
But a warning word - this is not yer melodic prog.Pretty it aint. Pure harrowing/mesmerizing Kosmic. Rather sparse, avant -lots of distorted vocals.
Sammmmy never checked, but Im certain this former leader of Taj Mahal Travellers and East Bionic Symphonia ('76),appears on the legendary Nurse With Wound Reference List (which all RIOists and noise-gardeners should indelibly commit to memory.)
The 13th Floor Elevators certainly played and recorded all their music on acid and their 1966 album had the word "Psychedelic" in its title. They were preforming in Austin well before the album was released. Not to be pedantic, but the word was coined by Humphrey Osmond in 1957, so the claim is credible.
Many authorities on the subject (e.g., Patrick Lundborg in 2010. The Acid Archives (2nd ed.). Lysergia. p. 394) assert that the Elevators are the "first" psychedelic rock group. Powell St. John (later of "Mother Earth") and a member of 13th Floor discusses "the life and times" here--> http://www.musicliferadio.com/2010/10/024-sultan-of-psychedelia/.
Regardless, Roky Erikson was a very early casualty (and a sad one, too) of the "War On Drugs".
I'll amend my comment. According to ABKCO, "The Deep" released, "Psychedelic Moods" 12/31/1965 and - presumably - therefore it's the first to use the word in the album title. However, the Elevators formed in 1965 and were playing the Austin scene before the first album release date. So, I guess it's a toss up...but I'll go for the 13th Floor myself on this one. At least they recorded more than one album!
Where you getting this 12/31/1965 date from?
Wot is "ABKCO"?
Lundborg's Acid Archives:
" August, 1966 Rusty Evans & the DEEP record the "Psychedelic Moods" LP in Philadelphia"
The RELEASE date would have been later. Like I said ,Oct or Nov '66
Sammy has the origional 13th Floor Elevators lp on yellow/lime International Artists label. Of course, no date to be found anywhere.
Playing on stage at LSD parties was, I can tell you, not easy. Those damned strobe lights made seeing the guitar & bass frets and Farfisa and Voxx organ keys hard to see. Might be why the San Francisco bands were so lame, Moby Grape the lone exception. When The Band played at Bill Graham venues, they asked him to skip the light show; that kind of thing had nothing to do with the music they played.
My friend & bandmate and I were hitch hiking on San Carlos Blvd. in San Jose in ’66, and got picked up by a couple of guys who looked like they were from Berkeley (if you know what I mean). They were driving an old early-50’s sedan, had big frizzy hair and beards, and were a lot older than we. One of them pulled an LP out of a bag to show us; it was The Fugs 1st album. I don’t know if it’s psychedelic (I’ve still not heard it), but I’m sure it’s weird.
One can’t help wondering if you can get acid flashbacks from contact highs?
some info on The Fugs,
“Their participation in the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam's 1967 March on the Pentagon, at which they and others purportedly attempted to encircle and levitate the Pentagon, is chronicled in Norman Mailer's book The Armies of the Night. A recording of this event is featured on the Fugs' 1968 album, Tenderness Junction, entitled "Exorcising the Evil Spirits from the Pentagon Oct. 21, 1967". Beforehand, Sanders and Kupferberg had prepared an elaborate exorcism ritual, and rented a flatbed truck along with a sound system. As is heard on the album, the two gathered a large crowd in front of the Pentagon and repeatedly chanted, "Out, demons, out!"”
So then Lundborg in his book is wrong.....on this important point????
Donovan ,Autumn '65 (but not released till later):
"Well, I’ll buy you sugar cube.
I’ll buy you sugar cube.
I’ll buy you a sugar cube,
If you just gimme some of your love, gal.
I don’t want to go for no trip.
I don’t want to go for no trip.
I don’t want to go for no trip.
If you just gimme some of your love, gal."