#952 Ooberman – Carried Away

“Ooberman were a rather good psychedelic indie folk pop band active from 1998 to 2006.” This is the description in the ‘About’ section on the band’s FaceBook page. An accurate one-line summary. Ooberman were really rather good and I adored their first album, The Magic Treehouse and the track Shorley Wall, first heard in 1998 … Continue reading #952 Ooberman – Carried Away

#657 Jimi Hendrix – The Cry Of Love

This is the first, and arguably the most authentic, of the posthumous releases of Jimi Hendrix material. It consists of studio tracks that he was recording for his fourth album before he died in September 1970 at the tender ‘dead rock star’ age of 27. Compared to the inventive studio and guitar wizardry he demonstrated … Continue reading #657 Jimi Hendrix – The Cry Of Love

#1004 Pink Floyd – Relics

Subtitled "A Bizarre Collection of Antiques & Curios" on Nick Mason’s rather lovely Heath Robinson inspired album cover, this compilation, already their second, but the first worth any serious consideration, was released in 1971, only four years after their debut. For those that were fans of their first two Syd Barrett led or influenced albums, … Continue reading #1004 Pink Floyd – Relics

#1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

This is the follow up to the first truly fantastic Running The Voodoo Down compilation (and gorgeous piece of vinyl) that came up on my randometer last September. It’s a good comp. If it didn’t have such a high benchmark to reach, it could even be great, but it doesn’t quite hit the high point … Continue reading #1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

#94 The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions

The Beach Boys’ SMiLE, intended as their follow-up to Pet Sounds, but abandoned in 1967, achieved iconic status as the most infamous unreleased album ever. That is, until Brian Wilson re-recorded his own version, released in 2004. That record popped up on my randometer back in October 2018. There were of course multiple bootlegged versions … Continue reading #94 The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions

#56 The Avalanches – Wildflower

There were 16 years between The Avalanches debut masterpiece, Since I Left You, and this follow up released in 2016. I’d love to be able to say it was worth the wait, but as fun and self-assured this is as a summery slightly psychedelic sample-based danceable album, they were probably best to have left Since … Continue reading #56 The Avalanches – Wildflower

#1446 Various Artists – Psychedelia: A 50 Year Trip

This two-CD 32-track 2016 compilation from Rhino Records has at times adopted a broad and surprising definition of the term ‘psychedelia’ but the music is always great. There’s a lot of lesser known bands and songs here which, for me, is its attraction. There are some artists here which do feel out of place, in … Continue reading #1446 Various Artists – Psychedelia: A 50 Year Trip