BLACK MASS . . . . . . . . . . . 1971 . . . . LUCIFER

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BLACK MASS – LUCIFER – 1971

Mort Garson (Lucifer) was an early pioneer of the MOOG synthesizer along with Paul Beaver (Gandharva) .

Back in 1971 this was nothing less than a mind-blowing, mind-bending, far out, cosmic acid trip of an album.
I was addicted to this album; listened to it over and over, couldn’t get enough – I’d bounce back and forth between this and Pink Floyd’s “Meddle” LP which was released around the same time.

For the full effect listen to this in darkness – and for added fun psychotropics are suggested!

Black Mass:
Solomon’s Ring (3:20)
The Ride Of Aida (Voodoo) (3:07)
Incubus (3:29)
Black Mass (3:39)    Crank this UP! The opening is the real deal!
The Evil Eye (2:10)
Exorcism (3:45)
The Philosopher’s Stone (3:27)
Voices Of The Dead (The Medium) (2:05)
Witch Trial (3:00)
ESP (1:01)

A truly creative, creepy, sublime Psychedelectraglide album!

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ODYSSEY . . . . . . 1975 . . . . . TERJE PYPDAL

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Riding right up there at the top o’ the ‘GLIDE is this monumental double album of sublime sounds by Terje Rypdal – totally awesome.

Consider this music Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis channeling through John McLaughlin on heroin at some outer space late night totally hip club on the fringes of ethereal madness and electronic bliss – with a ton o’ heavy blues, a dose of Tangerine Dream and woozy cool laid-back jazz that Rolls with the Spirit of righteous Rock!  Got that? Now imagine that music stretched-out into long, languorous musical masterpieces of ten to twenty minutes each and you have the essence of Terje Rypdal’s “Odyssey”.

Smack in the middle of a decade in transition from classic Rock to the stirrings of electronica and true jazz-fusion; “Oydssey”, by Norwegian guitarist and composer Terje Rydal, introduces a totally unique sound of music that is at once powerful yet melancholy to the point of mesmerizing and hypnotic.

Perfectly composed to lend to soundtrack scores and used by Michael Mann in his De Niro/Pacino “Heat” film; Rypdal creates surreal Psychedelectraglide landscapes of pure adrenaline and Quaaludes.

As always I try and get as many links as possible, so if some get “banned” please sample what’s available as there is nothing this man has laid down that’s not worthy of repeated listenings!

“ODYSSEY” – All compositions by Terje Rypdal:
  1. “Darkness Falls” – 3:33
  2. Midnite” – 16:45
  3. Adagio” – 13:16
  4. Better Off Without You” – 7:37
  5. “Over Birkerot” – 4:48
  6. “Fare Well” – 11:25
  7. Ballade” – 5:55
  8. Rolling Stone” part 1 – 23:54
    Rolling Stone”-  part 2
  9. Rolling Stone” – part 3

Personnel:

  • Terje Rypdal — guitar, synthesizer, soprano saxophone
  • Brynjulf Blix — organ
  • Torbjørn Sunde — trombone
  • Sveinung Hovensjø — electric bass
  • Svein Christiansen — drums

FRAGMENTS OF LIGHT 1974 . . . SENSATIONS’ FIX

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FRAGMENTS OF LIGHT – SENSATIONS’ FIX – 1974

Here’s a very unique album and sound from a very unique Italian band.
Sensations’ Fix  leader is Franco Falsini, a multi-instrumentalist, who, like Vangelis had a distinct “vibe” to his music that definitely falls within the Psychedelectraglide category.

Blending synthesizers, guitar and strategically-placed vocals, Sensations’ Fix carved-out a landscape of unearthly and moody songs that were very infectious.

During the ’70s (and on up into the ’80s and 90s) I was very much immersed in Euro bands and in synth/electro/ambient LPs and one look at the instruments played and titles of tracks on this LP made it an irresistible choice – I purchased the import immediately – and was overly-thrilled with the sounds I heard.

Fragments of Light:
1. Fragments of light (3:20)
2. Nuclear war in your brain (3:35)
3. Music in painting in the air (4:15)
4. Windopax and the stone sender (2:25)
5. Space energy age (3:45)
6. Metafel + Mefalac (1:30)
7. Space closure (6:25)
8. Music without gravity (2:10)
9. Do you love me? (2:50)
10. Life beyond the darkness (3:30)
11. Telepathic children (3:35)

Be prepared for an experience that seems to come from another level of existence, from the Twilight Zone, from a supernatural environment that transports you to a strange but beautiful place where your imagination is allowed to flow freely.
There are no real precedents of this type of music other than the album “Universal Avenue” by Double Fantasy released ten years later in ’86  (see previous post of 9-25-12).

Their follow-up LP, “Portable Madness” continued the vibe, but “Fragments of Light” really hit a level of music that was literally like taking a psychedelic drug in that it altered your perception and opened you to a whole new level and environment and feeling just from hearing the songs.  Quite an accomplishment!

Get a fix – Sensations’ Fix!

PHAEDRA . . . 1974 . . . TANGERINE DREAM

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PHAEDRA – TANGERINE DREAM – February 20, 1974

Tangerine Dream have long been a symbiotic band with my soul; this is music and sounds I yearned for since birth.

I had all of their previous imports, but Phaedra really hit a musical nerve, it was so unique for the times and was rightfully promoted upon release as “music that melts”.
Phaedra was a landmark LP as it set a standard for electronic music that is still referenced today in movie soundtracks, TV commercials and with countless bands, musicians and artists who probably are not even aware of their inspiration’s origin.

Released the day before my magical 23rd birthday, it was also the premiere release on Richard Branson’s Virgin Label which was representative of the great LPs to come, like Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”.

Phaedra is in a class of it’s own, even within the Tangerine Dream canon, as it is a stand-alone historic composition of electronica – albeit based on improvisation.

Edgar Froese, like Chrisse Hynde, has led his band, Tangerine Dream, through the decades with many different line-ups of musicians, but always maintained the TD iconic stamp of recognition.  Original members Chris Franke and Peter Bauman, eventually went on to claim their own historic marks in music, but it was and is Froese’s vision that created an unmistakable sound that changed the way we hear music to this day. Movie and TV soundtracks for example, have “borrowed” TD’s sound to the point that it’s nearly impossible to listen to any movie and not hear TD’s monumental influence – really!

All of the extremely beautiful, mysterious and visceral music soundtracks TD have racked-up contribute immensely to those movie’s successes, and even lift mediocre movies to a better height than they may deserve because of it!

Tangerine Dream’s music is a transcendent source, a pathway, a channel to literally other realms of consciousness – music like no other.

A true icon and innovative force of music – TANGERINE DREAM!

1. Phaedra (17:35)
2. Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares (9:43)
3. Movements Of A Visionary (7:57)
4. Sequent C’ (2:20)

PHAEDRA – FULL ALBUM

SNOWFLAKES ARE DANCING . . 1974 ISAO TOMITA


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SNOWFLAKES ARE DANCING
ISAO TOMITA

Wow! PSYCHEDELECTRAGLIDE defined!

This is a superb electronica album that has been a staple throughout my life since its release in ’74.  It evokes many cool emotions but comes from the same wonderful, magical, serene, satisfying and otherworldly place. Every track has truly transcendent qualities that take you to other dimensions.
Of course, without Claude Debussey’s compositions Tomita’s interpretations would not exist so props need to go out to both men for this moving electronic masterpiece.

A perfect album that displays “classic” electronica at its finest; this LP doubles as a trippy psychedelic “Christmas” album with its spiritual and supernatural “Holiday” sound.

Tomita went on to become the premier electronica interpreter of classical pieces and then on to his own compositions, but “Snowflakes Are Dancing” stands out as a truly historic and gorgeous album that you really need to hear before splittin’ this crazy scene, Man.

Click on the centered red LP title above for the full album – enjoy!

UNIVERSAL AVE. – 1986 – DOUBLE FANTASY

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DOUBLE FANTASY – UNIVERSAL AVENUE – 1986

Here’s a sublimely mysterious and otherworldly guitar ‘n’ synth album that rocks from another time, another place from start to finish.
And the best part?  All the tracks but one are over 6 minutes – nice long psychedelectraglide sounds!

I may have first heard cuts from this spellbinding album on Pat Murphy’s Alien Air program on KXLU back in the mid -‘80s. Double Fantasy were two German musicians; led by Robert Schroeder (Dreamstar), keyboards compositions and Charley McLion, guitar.

This is exceptional music that flows from soulful spacey liquid guitar to blissed-out ambient-techno-rock.
“Heartbreaker” the stand-out track sounds like the soundtrack to some hip sci-fi spaghetti western of the future.
The ominous beginning to “Universal Ave.” evolves into a wailing guitar landscape that relents to a semi steady funk groove which then relents back to the wailing echoing guitar and then grooves out.
“Endless Running” takes you on a dreamy guitar-led journey that is propelled by a great rhythm engine – the guitar turns, bends and seductively levitates you along through another cool landscape.
“Food For Fantasy” is Blade Runner supreme, taken to a level of sophisticated funk-space with a righteous underlying hook..
“Lost Control” the only song with lyrics, as it were, and while a nice tune, it is the only one that does not really “fit” on this LP.
“Children of the Universe” ends the album with a spacey piece of soundtrack psychedelia – a really solid liquid.

An impressive part of these compositions is the feeling of power beneath the subdued presentation – hip Alien music for Hip Aliens.

Side One:
1             Heartbreaker                           7:59
2             Universal Avenue                     6:01
3             Endless Running                       8:13
Side Two:
4             Food For Fantasy                     7:56
5             Lost Control                              8:19
6             Children Of The Universe      4:26

Many times when the stars are aligned we get a spark of genius, wit, creativity or an epiphany and something good comes from it.  “Universal Ave.” has that spark and is another album that has an addicting melancholy that gets into your system and becomes a part of you.

I’m a sucker for guitar ‘n’ synth and this is album is an absolute perfect example.

GANDHARVA 1971 ———- BEAVER and KRAUSE

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BEAVER & KRAUSE – 1971

Psychedelectraglide indeed! In 1971, with this album, “Gandharva”, Paul Beaver & Bernard Krause literally created the Ambient and New Age genres and were early leaders in electronic jazz – simultaneously!
Truly a landmark LP that virtually slipped under the radar at the time, (but not by 00individual) this iconic album is now recognized for its incredible visionary style that spawned highly-successful genres for musicians in the decades to come.

Side One: Beaver’s moog and style influence on the “Performance” soundtrack is evident with “Nine Moons in Alaska” and Walkin’.
1             Soft / White                                    0:52
2             Saga Of The Blue Beaver              4:19
3             Nine Moons In Alaska                    3:04
4             Walkin’                                             2:42
5             Walkin’ By The River                      2:39

Side Two: Recorded at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, February 10-11, 1971 is their “soundtrack to a non-existent film” – only this rich sound easily demands images that become a film in your mind.
1             Gandharva                                      1:12
2             By Your Grace                                5:13
3             Good Places                                    3:37
4             Short Film For David                      5:23
5             Bright Shadows                             4:53

The talent:
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Bud Shank, Baritone Saxophone – Gerry Mulligan,
Bass – Ray Brown, Rod Ellicott, Drums – George Marsh, Lee Charlton
Engineer – Ed Peterson, John Payne (5), Phil Edwards, Robert De Sousa,
Robert Orban, Rudy Hill (2), Sol Weiss
Guitar – Howard Roberts, Mike Bloomfield, Rik Elswit, Ronnie Montrose,
Harp – Gail Laughton, Mixed By – Robert Orban,
Piano – LaMont Johnson (2), Mike Lang,
Producer – Bernard L. Krause*, Paul Beaver,
Synthesizer [Moog] – Bernard L. Krause*,
Synthesizer [Moog], Organ [Hammond, Pipe] – Paul Beaver
Voice – Bernard L. Krause*, Bill King (2), Edna Wright, Evangeline Carmichael, Lewis Morford, Ron Lee Hicklin*, Vanetta Fields*
Voice [Lead] – Clydie King, Patrice Holloway

Many a dreamy evening was further mystified by the sounds of side two of “Gandharva”. The smokey wisps of weed and hash intertwined with Gerry Mulligan’s sax filled the room and spilled-out into the ethers for everyone to enjoy.  Spiritually Cool Shit!

Ironically, in a synchronistic juxtapositionary aspect, the counter to this “Psychedelectraglide” Blue Pill site is that the Red Pill site’s first post is a soundtrack review that also shares the spirit of electro-funk sublime which proves to have transcended both ways in the early ‘70s!

To fully appreciate the true quality of this recording; analog vinyl is highly recommended.  –  00individual