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1. Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne

"Arnold Layne" is the first single released by the English psychedelic rock band The Pink Floyd (later simply Pink Floyd), shortly after landing a recording contract with EMI. It was written by Syd Barrett, their co-founder and original front man. Although not originally included on the band's début album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, "Arnold Layne" is featured on numerous Pink Floyd compilation albums.

From the album: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Released: March 11, 1967 (UK), April 24, 1967 (US)
Recorded: January 29, 1967, Sound Techniques Studios, London, February 27, 1967, EMI Studios, London

2. Status Quo - Ice In The Sun

Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo is the debut studio album by the English rock band Status Quo, released in September 1968. It features a large number of covers, including "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers.

From the album: Picturesque Matchstickable Messages
Released: September 27, 1968

3. Love - Hey Joe

"Hey Joe" is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and as such has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists. "Hey Joe" tells the story of a man who is on the run and planning to head to Mexico after shooting his unfaithful wife. Love's recording of "Hey Joe" features slightly different lyrics to most versions of the song; for example, the lyric "gun in your hand" became "money in your hand" in Love's version.

From the album: Love
Release date: March 1, 1966

4. The Mothers of Invention - Flower Punk

Frank Zappa recorded a parody of the song "Hey Joe", titled "Flower Punk", on The Mothers of Invention album We're Only in It for the Money in 1968. The song was one of several on the album that parodied the fashionable hippie lifestyle. Lyrics in Zappa's version included "Hey Punk, where you goin' with that flower in your hand? Well, I'm goin' up to Frisco to join a psychedelic band."

We're Only in It for the Money is the third studio album by the Mothers of Invention. Released on March 4, 1968 on Verve Records. As with the band's previous two albums, We're Only in It for the Money is a concept album, and satirizes left and right-wing politics, particularly the hippie subculture, as well as the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was conceived as part of a project called No Commercial Potential.

From the album: We're Only in It for the Money
Released: March 4, 1968
Recorded: March 14–16; August 2–9; October 1967 at Capitol Studios, LA; Mayfair and Apostolic Studios, NYC


5. Mike Stuart Span - Through The Looking Glass

The Mike Stuart Span was a British 1960s pop band consisting of Stuart Hobday (lead vocals), Brian Bennett (lead guitar, vocals), Roger McCabe (bass guitar, vocals), and Gary Murphy (drums). Their critical reputation is based almost exclusively on the merits of a handful of rare or unreleased recordings. In 1969 they briefly changed their name to Leviathan, before splitting up.

From the album: Timespan
Released: 1995

6. Salvation - She Said Yeah

Salvation was a late-1960s American rock band from San Francisco. The group started as the New Salvation Army Banned in 1967 with the lineup of Al Linde singing and Joe Tate on guitar, later supplemented by bassist Artie McLean, keyboardist Art Resnick, and drummer Teddy Stewart. The group was sometimes billed as the New Salvation Army Band and their name prompted a legal challenge from The Salvation Army church organization. They performed in San Francisco, featured as the house band at the Roaring Twenties topless club in North Beach, at shows in Golden Gate Park and at the Haight-Ashbury communal venue the Straight Theater. In 1968 they changed their name to Salvation and issued a debut album of the same name, followed later by their second album release, Gypsy Carnival Caravan, both on ABC Records. The band performed as an opening act for The Doors and Big Brother and the Holding Company before headlining in New York City at the Fillmore East in 1969. They dissolved in 1970 over financial issues.

From self title album: Salvation
Released: 1968

7. The Blues Magoos - Gotta Get Away

"Gotta Get Away" is the B side of The Blues Magoos' major hit single, "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet" from 1966, peaked on the charts in January 1967. Also appears on Psychedelic Lollipop which is the debut album, and is one of the first records to have the word “psychedelic” on the sleeve.

From the album: Psychedelic Lollipop
Released: 1966

8. Please - Secrets

Please were a late-period UK psych outfit, better-known for the bands their members went on to join, notably Peter Dunton, who was playing in T2 within a year of this material's recording. The difference between the two bands is startling; Please have a sound that really predates their era, being more early than late psych, with much Farfisa, whereas T2 were definitely proto-prog, although both bands actually sound rather dated these days. I don't believe Please actually released anything much (at all?) at the time, so I presume Seeing Stars is your typical demos and outtakes collection. It seems to be quite highly rated by some psych fans, but to my ears, it falls between too many stools to really cut it all these years later.

From the album: Seeing Stars
Released: 2000

9. Sanz, Incorporated - I Just Want You

Label: Skoop 1072 7" 45 RPM
Released: 1967

10. The Mustard Men - I Lost My Baby

This is a B-side single to “Another day” and was written by The Mustard Men.

Label: Raynard Records RS-10036 7" 45 RPM
Released: 1965

11. Steff Sulke - I'm A Simple Man

Label: Dial 45-4058 7" Promo 45
Released: May 1967

12. Man - Blind Man

Man are a rock band from South Wales whose style is a mixture of West Coast psychedelia, progressive rock, blues and pub rock.

Revelation is the first album by the Welsh psychedelic/progressive rock band Man and was released January 1969. It was noted for the simulated orgasm on "Erotica", which received a UK ban.

From the album: Revelations
Released: 1969

13. The Daybreakers - Psychedelic Siren

At the Tree Publishing Company's HQ, Collins played Killen six original songs, including a punky, snarling original number called "Psychedelic Siren." The band had been performing the song live with a siren effect generated by a mysterious three-knobbed black box (a primitive version of a synthesizer built by a college classmate of Collins') operated on stage by rhythm guitarist Denny Maxwell. Soon Killen gathered the young combo at the largest of Nashville's celebrated Columbia Recording Studios where they recorded "Psychedelic Siren" and four other numbers, including guitarist Mike Bridges' composition "Afterthoughts."

Label: Dial 45-4066
Released: December 1967


14. The Millennium - It's You

Taken from their sole album, 'Begin' (1968), a masterpiece of late 60s sunshine pop. It was also released as a single. Written by me (Michael Fennelly) and Joey Stec, the demo (like the master) features unison lead vocals in the verse by Curt Boettcher and me. I think the whole gang are in on the harmonies. Guitars by Joey Stec & Michael Fennelly, Bass - Doug Rhodes, Drums - Ron Edgar. We might be banging rhythm on an empty hard-shell suitcase on this one...

From the album: Begin
Label: Columbia 4-44546 7" 45 RPM
Released: June 4, 1968


15. Yesterday's Obsession - The Phycle

Label: Pacemaker PM262 7" 45 RPM
Released: 1968

16. Stone Garden - Oceans Inside Me

The band once thought to be an early version of Fraction kicks ass in their own hard rockin’ way. From Lewiston, Idaho this band rocked as hard as any other, and was led by guitar master Paul Speer. Songs like "Bastard" , "Oceans Inside Me", "Woodstick", "Assembly Line" and "The World Is Coming To An End" stand up to any hard rock band of the time.

Label: Angelus WR 4819 7" 45 RPM
Released: 1969

17. The Head Shop - Head Shop

The Head Shop is a psychedelic rock band from New York that released one eponymous album on Epic in 1969. The album cover features a swirling group of multi-colored (and numbered) boxes that surround a black-and-white image of a shrunken head. The back cover is mostly black with minimal copy but also includes a shot of the band lit from beneath.

From the album: The Head Shop
Released: 1969

18. Crazy Elephant - Dark Part Of My Mind

Crazy Elephant was a short-lived American bubblegum pop band noted for their 1969 hit single, "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'". Crazy Elephant was a studio concoction, created by Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz of Super K Productions, promoted in Cash Box magazine as allegedly being a group of Welsh coal miners. Former Cadillacs member Robert Spencer was widely utilized on lead vocals, though future 10cc member Kevin Godley took lead vocals on "There Ain't No Umbopo", recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England, and released on the Bell label in May 1970. A touring group was formed later for promotional purposes. The bassist on "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" was Gary Gaynor, a local studio musician who also worked with Laura Nyro. The song was covered by Detroit band Adrenalin featuring vocalist David Larson in 1979 and later by Helix.

Label: BELL 763 Vinyl, 7", Single
Released: 1969

19. Stone Garden - Assembly Line

The band once thought to be an early version of Fraction kicks ass in their own hard rockin’ way. From Lewiston, Idaho this band rocked as hard as any other, and was led by guitar master Paul Speer. Songs like "Bastard" , "Oceans Inside Me", "Woodstick", "Assembly Line" and "The World Is Coming To An End" stand up to any hard rock band of the time.

Label: Angelus WR 4819 7" 45 RPM
Released: 1969

20. The Brogues - I Ain't No Miracle Worker

The Brogues were an American garage rock band formed in Merced, California, in 1964. Much of the group's brief recording career was marked by distorted-guitar melodies and R&B-influenced vocals. They released two regionally successful singles in their brief existence, most notably the Annette Tucker and Nancie Nantz-penned "I Ain't No Miracle Worker", which is now considered a classic of the garage rock genre. The song has also appeared on several compilation albums, and has been covered by other music artists.

After the band's breakup, Duncan and Elmore stayed in San Francisco and formed the psychedelic rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service. Additionally, Whittington joined the folk rock group, the Family Tree. In 1996, Sundazed Records released an extended play containing the Brogues' material on their two singles.

Label: Sundazed Records
Released: 1981


21. Manfred Mann - By Request - Edwin Garvey

From the B side of Manfred Mann's top 40 single, "The Mighty Quinn", Edwin Garvey takes pleasure in lampooning their elder WWII generation of swing 1940's style jazz, mocking the stereotype of the alcoholic induced, philandering, male, business tycoon back in 1968. Portraying a nightclub performer playing a piano to an unenthused crowd of gin and martini sippers on a mid weeks evening rendezvous.

Label: Mercury 72770
Released: February 1968

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