1967 – Ten Years After First Light of Day +
Ten Years After legends before their time released their debut self-titled album in 1967 and is rated at #195 on the Best Ever Albums charts. Their first album can be described as rock blues, featuring mostly covers, whilst the remainder of their albums were dominated by compositions by lead guitarist and vocalist AlvinLee. Their big break was to come after their appearance at Woodstock two years later.
The Seeds from California were credited with coining the phrase “flower power” and in 1967 continued on in the rich vein of garage rock along with other acid groups from San Francisco. Their album Future is rated as #163 in the Best Ever Album charts and we have an excerpt – Now a Man.
Kaleidoscope was another psychband from the US. Band members came from all over America – Idaho, South Dakota and California – but the band came together in Los Angeles and all up produced four albums. The band featured multi-instrumentalist and session musican David Lindley. Their debut album Side Trips is rated at #141 on the Best Ever Albums Charts.
Julie Driscoll, Brian Augur & The Trinity, quite a mouthful, produced a great psychedelic jazz rock album in 1967 titled Open. This is before they hit the big time in 1968 with This wheel’s on fire, which would eventually become the theme (much much later) for everybody’s favourite Absolutely Fabulous. Open made it to #12 in the UK Charts in 1968 and is rated at #142 in the Best Ever Albums. Worth a listen.