terça-feira, 13 de julho de 2010

Kaleidoscope - Kaleidoscope (1968 Mexico Psych Acid Rock)

VENENO MEXICANO E PSICODÉLICO!!
ESTA É UMA DAS MELHORES BANDAS PSICODÉLICAS DOS ANOS 60 DA AMÉRICA LATINA E QUE NÃO DEIXA NADA A DESEJAR PARA NENHUMA BANDA DO ESTILO DE OUTROS PAÍSES!!
NA ÉPOCA FORAM EDITADAS APENAS 200 CÓPIAS DO ALBUM ORIGINAL E MAIS TRADE A GRAVADORA "LA CIRUELA ELECTRICA" REEDITOU EM CD COM UMA TIRAGEM LIMITADA DE 600 CÓPIAS!! A BANDA É LEGENDÁRIA, POIS GRAVOU APENAS ESSE ALBUM ONDE, ATREVIDAMENTE PARA PARÃMETROS DE BANDAS LATINO AMERICANAS, FORAM ALÉM DO HORIZONTE LIMITADO E CERTAMENTE REGADO A MUITA MESCALINA E PEIOTE, FIZERAM UM DISCO PSICODÉLICO, ÁCIDO, COM TOQUE PROGRESSIVOS, ORGAN FUZZ E UM CLIMA MEIO GARAGEIRO MUITO BEM ELABORADO!! VENENO MEXICANO ALTAMENTE RECOMENDADO!!

The Band...
No relation to bands of the same name from California or from England, this Kaleidoscope was Mexican, though like the other two bands, they also operated in the late 1960s. Their sole album was a typical piece of garage rock-psychedelia, heavy on thick vibrating organ, fuzz guitar, and surly vocals. The album sounds very much like a soundtrack to a circa-'67 psychsploitation flick, but with a better band than most such films enlisted, with some unpredictable wacky effects and lead vocals (only betraying faint foreign accents) affecting a nonchalant cockiness. It's been reported that just a couple hundred copies of the LP were pressed when it first came out, and though it was reissued on La Ciruela Electrica, that was a limited edition of only 600 copies.

The Mexican Kaleidoscope's sole, self-titled album is like many American '67-'68 psych-garage obscurities in its morose, frequently minor-keyed blend of ominous organ and fuzz guitars. Yet mucho eccentricity and spontaneity make it more interesting than many such relics. That organ really vibrates with a menace, sometimes like a distant cousin to the Doors, but with a more adolescent, untutored sensibility. Although the vocals (all in English) are often lovelorn laments, they drip with snarling attitude veering from don't-give-a-damn bluesiness to abject self-pity, mixing in a psychedelic sense of disorientation that sets the songs aside from the more conventional romantic lyrics of earlier mid-'60s garage bands. And some goofy psychedelic touches appear without warning, like the cheap outer space signals in "Colours"; the Harpo Marx-like horn interjections in the same tune; the atomic explosion that ends "Hang Out"; the out-of-nowhere distant, cornered-wolf yells of "A New Man"; the weird, slightly off-key plunks of "I Think It's All Right," which ring like a tapped wine glass; and the funk rock guitar of "I'm Crazy," which sounds halfway between a chicken-scratch and a drawer being opened and closed, giving way to a harem organ. Then there's the eight-minute "Once Upon a Time There Was a World," which sounds like an unwitting parody of suicidal teenage angst in its over-the-top sorrow for itself, yet backed with a creepy organ-fuzz arrangement of almost funereal grandeur. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

1. Hang Out,
2. PS Come Back,
3. A Hole In My Life,
4. Let Me Try,
5. I Think It's All Right,
6. Colours,
7. Once Upon A Time There Was A World,
8. A New Man,
9. I'm Crazy,
10.I'm Here He's Gone She's Crying

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