The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love (1967)
Buddy Miles – Them Changes (1970)
Coffee, Smoke, Funk
A very good period in music. The Hendrix effect was everywhere.I dig Noel Redding’s Fat Mattress project as well, but I’m of the camp that digs the Band Of Gypsys lineup above all. Buddy Miles n’ Billy Cox brought the funk.
Last week, I found the very trance-influenced Bombay Mix of The Mission UK’s classic “Tower of Strength” on U.K. 12” and it’s as epic as every other version of the song (I say that owning no less than five copies!). This band had a few good moments and a bunch that the passage of time hasn’t been kind to, but “Tower of Strength” is a gleaming spire above all the rest of their output. For eight minutes plus, the song just soars, allowing the hypnotic beat, coaxed guitar histrionics and gorgeous production sheen courtesy of their producer, Led Zeppelin’s own John Paul Jones, to perfectly offset the best and worst tendencies of Wayne Hussey’s melodramatic vocals. It’s a thing of beauty.
The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (1966)
Well, damn. We lost Roky Erickson today, a pioneer of the 60′s American (and worldwide) psychedelic/garage rock movement. Let’s pay tribute, spin em if you got em, share your stories.
The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (1966)