Vinylradar has made a selection with the most famous and iconic album covers from the golden decade of the psychedelia. Al the info is extracted from the Wikipedia and or our personal sources.
Anthem of the Sun is the second album by rock band the Grateful Dead. Released in 1968, it is the first album to feature second drummer Mickey Hart, who joined the band in September 1967. Currently ranked number 288 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The mix of the album combines multiple studio and live recordings of each song. The result is an experimental amalgam that is neither a studio album nor a live album, but both at the same time (though it is usually classified as a studio album).
Formed in the mid-1960s in Hertfordshire, UK, by drummer Steve Townsend, singer Dek Boyce and bassist Jez Turner. Initially they were called The Creepers but when the psychedelic era came along, they became We Shake Milk.
Pussy Plays was released on an aqua blue Morgan Blue Town label in a textured ”flipback” cover. Original inner sleeve is plastic lined white paper with blue print and date coded “RS 2-69” at bottom right, denoting it was pressed in February 1969 which correlates to it’s release in March 1969.
The Golden Dawn
The Golden Dawn are an American psychedelic rock band formed in Austin, Texas, in 1966. The band released one album, titled Power Plant, before breaking up soon after the album’s release in 1968. The 1966 release of the album was withheld by International Artists, until after The 13th Floor Elevators‘ album Easter Everywhere was released, even though the Golden Dawn album, Power Plant was recorded nearly a year earlier. As a result, the Power Plant’s reviews tagged it as a copy cat record, unworthy of positive consideration. George Kinney remained a recluse figure in the music world for decades until a reemergence in 2001, when the original album, Power Plant, became an iconic psychedelic legend on the world stage.
Gandalf were an American psychedelic rock band formed in 1965 in New York City. Originally called the Rahgoos, the group consisted of guitarist Peter Sando, bassist Bob Muller, keyboardist Frank Hubach and drummer Davy Bauer.
They signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1967. Producers Koppelman & Rubin were not happy with the band’s name, and suggested that it should be changed to the Knockrockers. However Peter Sando commented that they “hated that and bantered about various names”. Despite being against the band’s will, and losing local fan recognition, Davy suggested the name “Gandalf and The Wizards”, which ended up sticking as “Gandalf”.
HP Lovecraft – 1967
The album blended psychedelic and folk rock influences and was marked by the haunting, eerie ambiance of the band’s music, which itself was often inspired by the literary works of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, after whom the band had named themselves. Although most of the album comprises interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs, it also features the self-penned compositions “That’s How Much I Love You, Baby (More or Less)”, “The Time Machine”, and arguably the band’s best known song, “The White Ship”.
Strawberry Alarm Clock
Wake Up…It’s Tomorrow is the second album by the American psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock, released on Uni Records, in 1968 (see 1968 in music). It came as the group was challenged with continuing the success of their debut single, the psychedelic classic and number one hit, “Incense and Peppermints” and the LP that followed. Their second effort would expand upon the arrangements of its predecessor’s unique blend of vocal harmonies, psychedelia, and pop music. In addition, the band’s atypical lineup, which featured two bassists, would be altered to address studio and performing issues.
July – 1968
July were a psychedelic rock band from Ealing, London that were professionally active between 1968 and 1969. The band’s music was a blend of psychedelic rock and psychedelic pop, marked by lush harmonies, acoustic guitars, keyboards, and intricate lead guitar work. Although none of the band’s records managed to chart in the UK or the U.S., July are today best remembered for their songs “My Clown”, “Dandelion Seeds”, and “The Way”, which have all been included on a number of compilation albums over the years.
The Beach Boys
Smiley Smile – 1968
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – 1968
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is the eponymous debut studio album by the English psychedelic rock band the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, released in June 1968. The album was produced by the Who‘s manager Kit Lambert with associate production by Pete Townshend. The album was released in June 1968 on Lambert’s Track Records label in the UK, with North American distribution handled by Atlantic Records. The album was released in the US in September. (Early North American copies of the album, while distributed by Atlantic, bore the Track Records imprint; later pressings were released on the Atlantic label proper.)
The album peaked at No. 7 on Billboard‘s Pop Albums chart, No. 2 on the UK charts, and No. 6 in Canada. The album’s first single, “Fire,” was a global success, reaching No. 1 in the UK in August 1968, No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in North America in October 1968, No. 1 in Canada also in October, and No. 19 in Australia again in October.
Tangerine Dream – 1967
Though not as popular as the U.S. Kaleidoscope, this British band was also a band from the psychedelic movement with moderate domestic success, and just enough international exposure to have this album recognized in the genre’s catalogue and regarded as one of the best in the same.