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The Organic Experience – The Organic Experience (1970)


Artist: The Organic Experience
Title: The Organic Experience
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Omni Recording Co.

The Organic Experience produced by Jeffrey Weinstein in association with the University of Maine in Portland Yearbook Staff, Irwin Publishing Co. Recorded by Omni Recording Company Portland, Maine in 1970 (greatyg)

Previously undocumented college project LP from University of Maine, Portland (this college branch is no longer extant) is not only earlier than most college yearbook albums, but of substantial interest on a couple of counts. There’s some rock and folkrock music which seems to be live-recorded, but no artists are credited; tracks include “Born To Be Wild” and “Green Rocky Road” among others, in good, ballsy versions.

Even more remarkable is a track credited only as “Ginsburg’s Thing”, which turns out to be nothing less than a previously unknown recording of Allen Ginsberg reading poetry, presumably at a campus gathering. The date references and the contents of the recording make it clear that this is clearly a circa 1969 recording of Ginsberg live before an audience.

Not included in the standard Ginsberg bibliography by Morgan, this is a substantial discovery. Backed by sitar, the reading is lengthy, at least 10 minutes, and includes the poem “Northwest Passage”, which Ginsberg elsewhere has assigned a composition date of April 1969, which is in line with the overall chronology.

Presumably the students had no authorization to release this recording, which is why Ginsberg’s presence is so buried. The rest of the record is a typical period collage that captures the “now” of being a hippie student in 1970, with radio broadcast speeches, campus debates, mixed with “found” music and effects, etc. Also a passage of backwards music.

The front cover looks to be blank at first, until you discover the small mushroom drawn in the lower left corner. The back cover has an elaborate abstract drawing and some minor credits. A few blotches of tape residue and foxing on the front, back cover is clean. Disc looks and plays clean. That no one has discovered the nature of this album in 40 years is puzzling. (

Track Listing

  1. Earth Art: The “Woodstock Experience” The Ginsberg Thing
  2. Son Of Earth Art: A Liberating Experience “The Organic Experience”


Good Cheer – Time For Good Cheer (1969)


Artist: Good Cheer
Title: Time For Good Cheer
Year: 1969
Format: LP
Label: ORS

“Basement rural rock from Indiana with covers and some psych moves. Organ-led sound is somewhat similar to Hickory Wind.” (Acid Archives)

Track Listing

  1. Time
  2. Tomorrow
  3. The Dream
  4. Black & Pink
  5. Flower
  6. Cherish
  7. Games People Play
  8. Buttons
  9. I Believe In Music


Millie – Time Will Tell (1970)


Artist: Millie
Title: Time Will Tell
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Trojan

Time Will Tell is a 1970 album by Jamaican singer Millie Small (best known as the singer of the 1964 world wide hit “My Boy Lollipop”), reissued in 2004 on CD by Trojan Records with additional tracks. Most of the original tracks are love songs, but the album also includes a cover version of Nick Drake’s “Mayfair.”

Among the extra tracks are 1962-1963 ska duets with Roy Panton, duets with Jackie Edwards and solo tracks from the mid-1960s which have been described as being in more of a R&B style, and ska tracks from the later 1960s. The production was by Eddie Wolfram with the backing band of Symarip. Robert Kirby was credited for the instrumental arrangements. (Wikipedia)

Track Listing

  1. Melting Pot
  2. My Love And I
  3. Mayfair
  4. Poor Little Willie
  5. Give Me Tomorrow
  6. White Boys
  7. Enoch Power
  8. Goin’ To The Circus
  9. Come And Hold Me Tight
  10. Sunday Morning
  11. I Couldn’t Take My Love Away From You
  12. No Good
  13. Time Will Tell


White Light – White Light (1969)


Artist: White Light
Title: White Light
Year: 1969
Format: LP
Label: Century

This is garage driven hard rock, with some strong psych influences. This first pressing of the album features a different tracklist from that of the second. Two of the titles found on this version did not make it onto the second.

This is a boot reissue of the second version of this album, which replaces two tracks from the original, with three new ones. They also renamed the two eponimously titled instrumentals from the first issue, to new generic titles.

I haven’t yet been able to determine if these tracks were actually re-recorded, or just edited, but the certainly don’t begin the same way.

For some reason, they don’t manage to get the sound right on this either, even on the tracks which the two share in common, leaving this one sounding off the pace of the original.

The two tracks eliminated from this were two of the best from the first one, and the ones added are comparatively weak semi-comm pop. (tymeshifter RYM)

Track Listing

  1. Instrumental I
  2. What Is This
  3. You’ll Lose A Good Thing
  4. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  5. But I Don’t Know Wh
  6. Cold Shot
  7. I’m Waiting For The Man
  8. Always Always
  9. Heartbreak Hotel
  10. I Coudn’t Get High
  11. Instrumental II


Jeanne Ewing – Wax Museum (1970)


Artist: Jeanne Ewing
Title: Wax Museum
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Audio Fidelity

Female vocalist only release that leans more to country pop than the psych cover would indicate. There are some nice laid back tunes here including Mason Williams’ “Long Time Blues” and Ben Peters’ “San Francisco Is A Lonely Town” among an album mostly made up of covers.

Released on the Audio Fidelity label around the same time as Wendy Erdman’s album (see June 10, 2010 post) it is probably just as rare, and although not as original as Erdman’s effort, a more enjoyable listen. (George Badonsky)

Track Listing

  1. Wax Museum
  2. Long Time Blues
  3. Paper Mansions
  4. Yesterday, When I Was Young
  5. Put A Little Love In Your Heart
  6. But You Know I Love You
  7. San Francisco Is A Lonely Town
  8. Wichita Lineman
  9. Words
  10. And Say Goodbye


Beau – Beau (1969)

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Artist: Beau
Title: Beau
Year: 1969
Format: LP
Label: Dandelion

Beau is a specialist twelve-string guitar player who first became known in the late 1960s through his recordings for John Peel’s Dandelion Records label. He released two albums on Dandelion – Beau (1969) [and Creation (1971) which featured Jim Milne and Steve Clayton from Tractor as backing musicians on some tracks, plus the single “1917 Revolution” which had greater success abroad than it did in the UK. “1917 Revolution” is said to have been the inspiration for America’s “A Horse With No Name”. (Wikipedia)

Track Listing

  1. Welcome
  2. Imagination
  3. 1917 Revolution
  4. Soldier Of The Willow
  5. Fishing Song
  6. The Painted Vase
  7. Pillar Of Economy
  8. A Nation’s Pride
  9. The Sun Dancer
  10. Rain
  11. Morning Sun
  12. The Summer Has Gone
  13. The Ways Of The Winter


Ruth White – 7 Trumps From The Tarot Cards (1968)


Artist: Ruth White
Title: 7 Trumps From The Tarot Cards
Year: 1968
Format: LP
Label: Limelight

Evil doesn’t come close to describing it. This pre-historic electronic lady cooked the devil dinner on a weekly basis, and he dined to the nines. She was the hostess of every offing-gathering this century, and she loves to lurk at you from across the darken alley with a piercing smile that can only mean, ‘your time is nigh’. (TakeItOrLeaveIt RYM)

Track Listing

  1. Wheel Of Fortune
  2. Magician
  3. Hanged Man
  4. Sun
  5. Tower
  6. Lovers World
  7. Beginnings
  8. No Wings
  9. Wings Clipped
  10. Wanting Wings
  11. Love Gives Wings


Jimmy Buffett – Down To Earth (1970)


Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Title: Down To Earth
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Barnaby

Down To Earth is Jimmy Buffett’s debut album. You will find none of the Caribbean sounds that would permeate his future music. He, in fact, had never even been to Key West at the time the album was recorded.

What you get is an earnest country-folk affair with songs like “The Christian?”, “Ellis Dee”, “There’s Nothing Soft About Hard Times” and “Captain America” that have a Bob Dylan influence. He shows immense potential especially in the beautiful “The Captain & The Kid”.

He would later re-record the song, but it shows his eye for detail in lyrics and that storytelling style that he would become famous for. (Thomas Magnum)

Track Listing

  1. The Christian
  2. Ellis Dee
  3. The Missionary
  4. A Mile High In Denver
  5. The Captain And The Kid
  6. Ain’t He A Genius
  7. Turnabout
  8. There’s Nothing Soft About Hard Times
  9. I Can’t Be Your Hero Today
  10. Truckstop Salvation


The Animals with Eric Burdon – In The Beginning (1970)


Artist: The Animals with Eric Burdon
Title: In The Beginning
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Wand

Back in the `60`s The Animals were a band with a huge popularity, and among other bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd or The Who they’ve influenced the history of rock music.

On this live recording from the beginning of their career, they present a set of cover versions -like many bands did back in those times, take the first Rolling Stones album for example, – of classic rhythm and blues songs.

Among others you can find here the classical “Dimples” and “Boom Boom” originally composed by John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley`s classic “Bo Didley”, songs that back in those days “rocked” the audience.

On this recording you can feel the easiness with which they are playing and the total control that they have over the audience, also this is a tribute to the originators of the genre that we now call rock. (Carlaont Catalin RYM)

Track Listing

  1. Let It Rock
  2. I Got To Find My Baby
  3. Bo Diddley
  4. Almost Grown
  5. Dimples
  6. Boom Boom
  7. C Jam Blues


The Cascades – What Goes On Inside (1968)

Artist: The Cascades
Title: What Goes On Inside
Year: 1968
Format: LP
Label: Blossom

After an illness that hospitalized him for a time, and suffering from the fatigue of touring an average 10 months of the year, John Gummoe left the group. Ron Lynch left at the same time. To fill the void left by Gummoe and Lynch in lead vocals and keyboards, the Cascades enlisted Gabe Lapano in September 1966, to fill both chairs
This new Cascades lineup featuring Gabe Lapano, Tony Grasso, Eddy Snyder and Dave Wilson continued with its rigorous touring schedule, and in 1968 released a self-produced album entitled “What Goes On Inside”, on their own Cascades label.. John Gummoe co-produced the album with the group and sang backing vocals. (Prairie Prince Minsky)

Track Listing

  1. Two Sided Man
  2. The Woman’s A Girl
  3. Eveyone Is Blosoming
  4. Sundown Highway
  5. Rhythm Of The Rain
  6. Prelude: a) Coming Along For The Ride b) Naggin’ Cries c) Hurry Scurry d) Have You Seen Maria e) I’d Better Go

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