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The Dawn of Psychedelia - Various Artists

The Dawn of Psychedelia
Piper At the Gates of Dawn, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Doors, Electric Music for the Mind and Body, The United States of America, Fifth Dimension, Happy Trails, Forever Changes, S F Sorrow, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, A Child's Guide to Good and Evil, Music In A Doll's House, Mass in F Minor, We're Only In It For The Money: just some of the conceptual masterpieces of the psychedelic era.

But these monuments to the Aquarian Age didn't suddenly materialise. What of the earlier musical influences that inspired them, what of the art that cleared a path for psychedelia?

The Dawn of Psychedelia charts the course of the artistic momentum that had been gathering internationally from the mid nineteenth century. From Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites to Lewis Carroll, progressing through Art nouveau. Aubrey Beardsley, Erik Satie and The Sitwells. Dada, Marcel Duchamp. The Surrealists: Dali and Bunuel and Miro. Edgard Varèse, the "Father of Electronic Music", the "Matinee Idol of Modernism" and musical guru of Frank Zappa. Aldous Huxley's 'holiday from reality' and the yearning of he and such prophets (or charlatans?) as Timothy Leary to attain the cosmic conciousness of unity, light and love. Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock and the sculptor Alaxander Calder. The Alice B Toklas Cook Book. The mysteries of Indian classical music and its introduction in the west (Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan, Ali Akbar Khan and his brilliant disciple, Sharan Rani). The pioneering of Sun Ra and the jazz hybrids created by such figures as Ken Nordine, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann and Gabor Szabo as each sought to break the boundaries of convention. The bewitching, other-worldly music of Sanctus from the Missa Luba, a version of the Latin Mass based on traditional Congolese songs, which establishes the magical atmosphere of Lindsay Anderson's If... a film that is a microcosm of the revolutionary 1960s and one of the most important films in cinema history.

The culmination of these pure, unadulterated divergent strands created the environment in which psychedelia would so memorably flower.

Available 19/08/2013
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DISC ONE
1. GABOR SZABO – El Toro
2. ALICE B. TOKLAS – Recipe for Hashish Fudge
3. USTAD ALI AKBAR KHAN – Raga Yaman Kalyan: Teen Tala
4. ALDOUS HUXLEY – "How Often Have You Taken Mescalin Yourself?”
5. SOUNDS INC. – Taboo
6. SUN RA – Ancient Aiethopia
7. RAVI SHANKAR – Raga Jinjhoti
8. HERBIE MANN – It Ain't Necessarily So
DISC TWO
1. MISSA LUBA: Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin – Sanctus
2. GABOR SZABO – Lady Gabor
3. JACKSON POLLOCK – Modern Art & Method
4. EDGARD VARESE - Integrales
5. YUSEF LATEEF – The Plum Blossom
6. USTAD VILAYAT KHAN – Raga Miya Ki Malhar
7. KEN NORDINE – Spectrum
8. SHARAN RANI - Raga Kausi-Kanada
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