Typically, I’m not really fond of the whole heavy pscyh/hard rock thing, Leaf Hound however, are really good imo. Most tracks on the album are Hard rock with acid rock solos, save for It’s Gonna Get Better, a catchy piano tune with lyrics similar to those of the 60’s pop bands, my personal favorite on the album.
Mostly everyone with an interest in 60’s psych has heard of Captain Beefheart, due to his album Trout Mask Replica. Which actually tends to turn people away, if you tried TMR and felt that way, listen to this before you give up on him completely, this album is much more blues oriented psych rock, not much of that avant-garde stuff. that’s really all I got to say about this one.
Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo
For some reason I always though Status Quo was some cheesy 80’s glam metal band. I was wrong I guess, although they became a hard rock band later in the 70’s, they had a rather successful debut as a Psychedelic pop band, despite at least 4 songs on this album being covers. In a way, they kinda of remind me a bit of the bee gees, with a bit more of Kaleidoscope thrown in.
Jeff Lynne became known as the man behind ELO, but before that, he was the lead of a band called The Idle Race, definitely not as well known as ELO. While this is pretty basic psychedelic pop, Lynne’s vocals alone make you feel like this is some kind of early ELO album. Although, I believe the rest of ELO came from The Move, Lynne was the only member of The Idle Race to go onto the band. This album is wonderful psychedelic pop, in the vein of Kaleidoscope (uk) and July. A bit more on the mellow side, this album also contains plenty of catchy hooks and melodies.
Not much to say about this other than that this album is pretty much a perfect example of really catchy psych pop. Although, it may come off pretty cheesy to some people, but if really catchy, upbeat psychedelic pop is your kinda thing, definitely listen to this album.
Although coming a little later to the Canterbury Scene, all the members of this band came from different groups, like Matching Mole, Caravan, and Delivery, so they knew exactly how to pull this off. I think this is a great Canterbury album because it’s not as hard to listen to as say, Soft Machine’s Third. while plenty of fusion bits are on this album, there are just as many catchy and poppy melodies. I would definitely recommend this for someone looking to get into the genre.
When most people think of Aphrodite’s Child (at least, those who know of them) they think of the huge prog rock opera, 666. This album is fairly different from that, as in this album is basically Psychedelic Rock, maybe even borderline Psychedelic Pop. This album also has a good amount of emotional tracks throughout.