Top 10 Psychedelic Rock Albums

  In the history of Rock, there was no greater moment than the 60s and early 70s. We saw the rise and shine of the hippie generation and the flower power. It was an amazing time for international rock, influencing everything that would appear on the following decades: punk rock, heavy metal, disco music, reggae, hard rock, glam rock and so on. All these genres found a shelter in the psychedelic movement, presenting innovative bands, full of attitude and liberty.

The year of 1967 is usually considered the best in rock history. Releasing albums from artists as: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, The Doors, Canned Heat, Bee Gees, Velvet Underground, amongst others. 



 Pink Floyd’s British rock has always been related to the psychedelic atmosphere. The band’s recurrent genre is progressive rock, influenced by jazz and classical music. Floyd’s most psychedelic album is “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”, released in 1967, with long tracks and lyrics about a fantastic universe. 



 Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitar players that ever existed and the biggest icon on Woodstock festival of 1969. Side by side with Noel Redding (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums), formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience, whose first album was “Are You Experienced?” – adding one more rare pearl to 1967, taking advantage of the psychedelia and hallucination to create epic and long guitar solos. 



 Their self-titled album was a dark representation of psychedelia. Headed by Jim Morrison, they talked about polemic subjects, like sex and violence, taking it to another level with the impact of a Moog Synthesizer and breathtaking solos from Ray Manzarek.



 Starting on the right foot with the iconic album cover signed by Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground debuted a record containing the first directions of an alternative type of rock, which influenced the 90s grunge. The solos and synths, along with lyrics full of drug apologies, show an experimental phase that was rather important and inspiring on the music history.



‘’Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band’’ was one of the most important records in history of psychedelic rock and also a mark on The Beatles career. Likewise in 196, during the boom of the hippie movement, the fantastic four started trying out with new instruments and experimenting with drugs which has led them to create memorable hits as “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”.



 On their second album ‘’Days of future Passed’’, the British band managed to create a conceptual masterpiece, flirting with classical music and opera. Leaving aside their R&B roots. Epic, intense and fabulous, its closing act ‘’Nights in White Satin’’ is a big standard in history of rock.



 ‘’Blonde on Blonde’’ was the first double album in music history. The 25-year-old Dylan was tired of the regular folk formula from his previous works. He reinvented himself on hits as ‘’Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’’,  ‘’ I want you’’, ‘’Just Like a Woman’’ and ‘’Absolutely Sweet Marie’’.

 8. THE BEATLES (Again!)



 ‘Revolver’ brought along a hint of baroque music, experimentalism and Indian music . Setting them apart for good from the Beatlemania era, this record was the moment to reach new goals for music as an art. First psychedelic movement masterpiece, it has proven that rock n’ roll could combine poetry and art as an unity.



 Who doesn’t know ‘’Born to Be Wild’’? Undoubtedly a generation’s anthem, this single was part of a self-titled debut album by Steppenwolf. ‘’Born to Be Wild’’ and ‘’The Pusher’’ ended up featuring the soundtrack of the classic movie ‘’Easy Rider’’: first one to talk about the hippie generation and the first one to have only rock n’ roll as soundtrack.



 The very last album featuring Janis Joplin on the vocals. It was a huge commercial success, remaining number one on billboard for eight weeks. Recorded live at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium, it’s possible to listen to a glass breaking on the floor, a few claps and hear people getting high as a kite.  


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