A fusion hybrid of Psychedelic Rock and Rhythm and Blues music that transcends both.
"Just keep playing that over and over." – Eddie Hazel
Psychedelic soul, sometimes called Black Rock or Black Psychedelia, is a sub-genre of Rock and Roll and R&B music, as well as a fusion of the two music movements that give the sound its distinctive name. Its originators and most successful artists were a varied bunch: Sly and the Family Stone were from the San Francisco scene; the Jimi Hendrix Experience were fresh from recording and a residency in England (with two white band members) and a new version of the Temptations, from Detroit, MI, with Dennis Edwards replacing the recently departed David Ruffin.
Originating in approximately 1967, the new sound became quickly popular with Black and White audiences, and even mainstream groups like the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and vocal group The 5th Dimension utilizing the sound and gaining acceptance on Pop radio. It is the thematic link between the previous music forms that came before it and later ones like Funk and Disco. This was no more evident than with the rise of Parliament from their sometimes concurrent guise, Funkadelic.
Eddie Hazel, performing with Parliament, 1976. Photo courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives.
It lost its prominence as a motivating music force by the mid-1970's, with few exceptions, where artists would draw on the form, but not as heavily as they did prior, such as Earth, Wind and Fire and War. What psychedelic soul did was expand the vocabulary of R&B music to allow for a much greater reach musically and sonically than was previously thought of. The sound has seen a resurgence in recent years again, with current Hip Hop acts like Outkast and critical favorites such as D'Angelo and Erykah Badu utilizing the broad spaces the genre allows artists to achieve.
Our tracks this program: Title, Artist, LP Source
1. Psychedelic Shack (mono single mix), The Temptations, Psychedelic Shack
2. California Dreaming, Eddie Hazel, Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs
3. Les Fleurs, Minnie Ripperton, Come to My Garden
4. The World Is A Ghetto, War, The World is a Ghetto
5. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On, Edwin Starr, Involved
6. Grazing In The Grass, The Friends Of Distinction, Grazin’
7. Hit It And Quit It, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain
8. Kofijahm, Mandrill, Mandrill Is
9. California Soul, Marlena Shaw, The Spice of Life
10. Strawberry Letter 23, The Brothers Johnson, Right On Time
11. Keep On Running, Stevie Wonder, Music of My Mind
12. Time Has Come Today, The Chambers Brothers, Time Has Come Today
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
Ace of Spades PDX
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