Listen -Kaleidoscope – Egyptian Gardens – MP3
Listen -Kaleidoscope – If the Night – MP3
I hope the arrival of a new week finds you well, or at least well enough for some tasty, Sunset Strip, belly-dancer, psyched up folk rock.
“Wha?” you say…
That would certainly be an appropriate reaction to such an oddball description, but when you hear ‘Egyptian Gardens’ by the Kaleidoscope I think you will agree with all of the above.
If you’re not hip to the US Kaleidoscope – and I make the distinction because the UK had its own incredible psyche band of the same name – then I suggest that after listening to today’s selection you head on over to Amazon and grab yourself a comp of their recordings.
Formed in 1965 the Kaleidoscope featured accomplished bluegrass musicians David Lindley and Chris Darrow, world music head Solomon Feldthouse, Chester Crill and John Vidican. If you have a chance to check out their debut LP ‘Side Trips’ it is immediately apparent that even in the ever expanding musical environment of the mid-60s they may have been too diverse for their own good. Equally apt playing folk rock, psyche, old time/good time jug band sounds or world music pastiches, the Kaleidoscope never really hit big at any level, though they managed to record four albums for Epic between 1967 and 1970.
‘Egyptian Gardens’ is a wild, trippy journey to a Middle Eastern bazaar with the sounds of the oud and finger cymbals riding a standard 1966/67 guitar riff. If the verse is in any way jarring, wait until they let loose in the chorus.
‘If the Night’ is a much more conventional slice of 1967, with solid folk rock guitar and harmonies flavored with a touch of baroque harpsichord.
Interestingly enough, the Kaleidoscope would go on to a couple of very interesting collaborations, recording a 45 with Larry Williams and Johnny Guitar Watson, and backing Leonard Cohen on a couple of the songs on his debut LP ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’. David Lindley went on to a major career as a studio musician and with his own band El Rayo-X.
I hope you dig the tunes and I’ll be back later in the week with something cool.