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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby Matt Wilson » 29 Jul 2020, 16:55

I did a psych comp months ago where I only used one song per group/artist. So the discipline was you couldn't have too much Floyd, Dead, Beatles, etc. One track per act. Since I didn't see this thread years ago and most other people have listed the obvious choices (my list starts out with nothing but), I'll give you my top twenty:

1. See Emily Play - Floyd
2. Eight Miles High - Byrds
3. I Can See for Miles - Who
4. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago - Yardbirds
5. White Rabbit - Airplane
6. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Beatles
7. Bass Strings (EP version) - Country Joe/Fish
8. I Had Too Much to Dream... - Electric Prunes
9. Stephanie Knows Who - Love
10. In A Gadda Da Vida (LP version) - Iron Butterfly
11. Open My Eyes - Nazz
12. Flight from Ashiya - Kaleidoscope
13. All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix
14. White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day
15. Fresh Garbage - Spirit
16. Imposter's of Life's Magazine - Idle Race
17. That's it for the Other One - Dead
18. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
19. 2000 Light Years from Home - Stones
20. White Room - Cream

There were 65 songs in total when I got bored. Almost five hours of music.

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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby C » 29 Jul 2020, 18:48

Matt Wilson wrote:I did a psych comp months ago where I only used one song per group/artist. So the discipline was you couldn't have too much Floyd, Dead, Beatles, etc. One track per act. Since I didn't see this thread years ago and most other people have listed the obvious choices (my list starts out with nothing but), I'll give you my top twenty:

1. See Emily Play - Floyd
2. Eight Miles High - Byrds
3. I Can See for Miles - Who
4. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago - Yardbirds
5. White Rabbit - Airplane
6. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Beatles
7. Bass Strings (EP version) - Country Joe/Fish
8. I Had Too Much to Dream... - Electric Prunes
9. Stephanie Knows Who - Love
10. In A Gadda Da Vida (LP version) - Iron Butterfly
11. Open My Eyes - Nazz
12. Flight from Ashiya - Kaleidoscope
13. All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix
14. White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day
15. Fresh Garbage - Spirit
16. Imposter's of Life's Magazine - Idle Race
17. That's it for the Other One - Dead
18. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
19. 2000 Light Years from Home - Stones
20. White Room - Cream



Nice list!

Very nice list!!

From that lot I would select:

1. See Emily Play - Pink Floyd
2. Eight Miles High - Byrds
3. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
4. Fresh Garbage - Spirit
5. 2000 Light Years from Home - The Rolling Stones

I am never sure how to define psychedelia or what fits in and what doesn't.

I wouldn't think Cream did - perhaps something earlier.

Possibly Tales of Brave Ulysses or SWLABR......?





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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby Matt Wilson » 29 Jul 2020, 18:50

Music informed by acid would be a good definition. But I'm not sure the guys in Cream ever did LSD.

"White Room" is certainly a psychedelic song though, C.

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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby robertff » 30 Jul 2020, 12:23

The Move - I Can Hear The Grass Grow
Kinks - See My Friends
Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Rolling Stones - We Love You/Dandelion
Small Faces - Itchycoo Park

Very obvious perhaps but these are the ones that did it for me and loved then and still do - there could have been another 50 at least, all of Matts' list for a start and many, many more. Far too difficult to name 5, these six are the tip of the iceberg.


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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby C » 30 Jul 2020, 12:48

robertff wrote:The Move - I Can Hear The Grass Grow
Kinks - See My Friends
Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Rolling Stones - We Love You/Dandelion
Small Faces - Itchycoo Park



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Thanks Matt.

An excellent list Rob - I'll drink to all those

I'd like offer

1. Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
2. Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
3. Paper Sun - Traffic
4. Kites - Simon Dupree & The Big Sound [does this qualify?]
5. Joy of a Toy - Soft Machine





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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby Jimbo » 30 Jul 2020, 16:34

Thinking back to when I was actually tripping and some songs that helped to paint some pretty pictures in my mind.

I Don't Live Today - Hendrix
Children of the Future - Steve Miller Band
Get High - Sons of Champlin (That left and right vibraphone solo!)
2000 Light Years - The Stones
Pharaoh's Dance - Miles Davis
Honorable mention: Cabaret - Louis Armstrong
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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby Matt Wilson » 30 Jul 2020, 17:05

C wrote:4. Kites - Simon Dupree & The Big Sound [does this qualify?]


Of course! Gotta have a little pre Gentle Giant Simon Dupree in there...

20 more from my list:

21. Season of the Witch - Donovan
22. Who do You Love (LP version) - Quicksilver Messenger Service
23. Time of the Season - Zombies
24. Ball of Confusion - Temptations
25. Kites - Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
26. My White Bicycle - Tomorrow
27. Ball and Chain - Big Brother & The Holding Co.
28. Time Has Come Today (LP version) - Chambers Bros
29. The Crystal Ship - Doors
30. When I Was Young - Eric Burdon & The Animals
31. Space Cowboy - Steve Miller Band
32. San Francisco Girls - Fever Tree
33. Omaha - Moby Grape
34. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition was in) - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
35. Slip Inside this House - Elevators
36. Invisible People - Hamilton Streetcar
37. Crimson & Clover - Shondells
38. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
39. A Question of Temperature - Balloon Farm
40. Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo

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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby Flower » 30 Jul 2020, 17:33

1. Eight Miles High ~ The Byrds
2. Walking Thru my Dreams ~ The Pretty Things
3. I had too much to Dream ~ The Electric Prunes
4. Itchycoo Park ~ Small Faces
5. Strawberry Fields Forever ~ The Beatles
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Re: Your 5 favourite 'psychedelic' songs

Postby robertff » 30 Jul 2020, 19:34

Just been looking through the Mojo booklet they produced on Psychedelia way back when. Can't believe I didn't list some of these:

Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
Eric Burdon and The Animals - San Franciscan Nights, Sky Pilot
Troggs - Love Is All Around
Troggs - Night of the Long Grass
Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home
Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
Captain Beefheart - Electricity
Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Moby Grape - Omaha
Buffalo Springfield - Broken Arrow
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
Love - Alone Again Or

Apologies if many have already been listed.


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