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The Group Image feat sheila darla – 1969
December 15, 2012, 9:59 am
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This is now one of my favourite videos at 7 minutes the longer it goes the better it gets.

The Group Image

The following sourced from The Dangerous Minds Blog – thanks

Undeniably influenced by the West Coast psychedelia of The Jefferson Airplane, New York’s The Group Image released one album in 1968, A Mouth In The Clouds, that managed to go largely ignored by critics and rock fans. Despite having a wild stage show and a dynamic lead singer in Sheila Darla, the band received little national exposure.

The Group Image played for two years in various locations in Manhattan, NYC, including its own productions / shows at the Palm Gardens, and the Cheetah Club, and shows with the Grateful Dead in Central Park and the Fillmore East, and other outdoor shows in parks such as Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.”

While Sheila Darla shares some of Grace Slick’s hippie allure and a similarity in vocal style, her stage performance bears a striking resemblance to Patti Smith rather than the cool and collected Slick. One wonders if Patti ever saw Darla in action.

Time Magazine reviewed A Mouth In The Clouds in their November 18, 1968 issue. I don’t know who the reviewer is, but it’s amusing how hard he/she tries to get down with hipster lingo. “Liquid Eden” indeed.

This is the first recording by the Manhattan hippie tribe that has been turning on with sound and light in a couple of off-Broadway ballrooms; it will soon open its own permanent ballroom in the East Village. The five-man band has a driving, express-train beat, and a sharp and shimmering harmony, and a high voltage singer named Sheila. Their sound is all their own, but there are some familiar touches of The Lovin’ Spoonful (Grew Up All Wrong) and Jefferson Airplane (Banana Split). In Banana Split, two electronic zaps project the listener, as through a time warp, into a liquid Eden of tinkling bells and clicking percussion. The Group Image calls it the Twinkie Zone, and it’s a pretty good place to be.

By the end of the video, the band erupts in a punk rock frenzy worthy of the Plasmatics.

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Soulsides – Deluxe
December 18, 2010, 5:54 am
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listen here

For the good citizens of Soulsville a Claude Mono Deluxe Edition …

Earth Wind and Fire – Power
Rotary Connection – I Want You To Know
4Hero – Morning Child (Inst) I Have A Dream
The Impressions – Potent Love
Marvin Gaye – I Want You
Tribute To Diamond D – Beatnik
Lady Daisey – Goes Down Like
Minnie Ripperton – Everytime He Comes Around
Eunice Collins – At The Hotel
The Sisters Love – You’ve Got My Mind
The Natural Four – Count On Me
Wee – Leavin You Alone
Outkast – Prototype
Eccentric Breaks and Beats – Part 1
Pete Rock and CL Smooth – Appreciate (inst)
Lady Daisey – 4:00 AM
3 Stars – Jersey Slide
Cindy and the Playmates – What Are You Going To Do
The Sacred Four – Someone’s Watching
Jordan Travellers – God Will Answer
James Austin – I’ll Take Jesus For Mine
Kings Go Forth – One Day
The Royal VII – Its an Explosion Pt 1 and Pt 2
Kearney Barton Wheadles Groove – Everything good Is Bad
Lack of Afro – At The Club
Grant Green – Let The Music Take Your mind (DJ Muro)

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Stark Reality – on film
October 30, 2010, 6:32 am
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Monty Stark

The Stark Reality

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The Trip – A Psych Beat Explosion
September 8, 2010, 1:13 pm
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enjoy this trip and it is a trip…here

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el ritmo
September 8, 2010, 12:54 pm
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… need to loosen up … need some bongo… need some brazil funk, brazil psych, latino beat, tex-mex, James Last, afro fuzz funk, afro disco…?

then try this

Jack Costanzo – Mr Bongo
Jack Costanzo – Peter Gunn Mambo
Baden Powell – Blues and Volente
Luis Eca Bebeto Tamba Trio – Mestre Bimba
Arthur Verocai – Silvia
Jon Lucien – A Sunnny Day
Rosinha de La Velencia – Summertime
Unidades – Caballo Salvage
Joe Bataan – Young Giften and Brown
Joe Bataan – Cycles of You
Cosa Nostra – The Ghetto
War – Ballero
La Kabala – La Kabala
Los Mismos – Jele Ironside
Ruben Y Sus Emiocione – Mar Y Ana
La Kabala – El Cumbamchero
MPB4 – Agribore
Lalo Schiffrin – Bossa Antique
Button Down Brass – Black Magic Woman
James Last – Inner City Blues
Sal Davis – Mankini
Cutlass Band – obiara wondo
Orchestre Poly Ritmo – Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey – Gbeti Madjro
Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – It’s a Vanity
Doumbia Moussa – Keleya
Marijata – Mother Africa
Artist Unknown – What was that?
Kabbala – Ashewo Ara (Disco Mix)
Osibisa – Fire

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claude mono the trip – volume 1
May 30, 2010, 12:00 pm
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As Claude alwas says … its the set not the song …  and this is mind expanding …

stream live on soundcloud here
download reel to reel high quality for your headphones  here

PLAYLIST – claude mono – the trip – volume 1

mike oldfield – hergest ridge excerpt

the orb – little fluffy clouds live

alan parker – dull grey clouds

yoko ono – walking on thin ice

grace jones – private live in dub

sidney, george and Jackie – papa was a rolling stone

special agent dale cooper and audrey horn

10cc – I’m not in love

dj shadow – dark days

blondie vs portishead – sour glass

kanamit – joyful grass and grape 1

u2 – mysterious ways – solar plexus mix

sally eaton – flower in the air – hippie goddesses mix

oasis – falling down – amorphous androgynous mix

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what were the skys like?
May 3, 2010, 1:18 pm
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the skys – they went on forever….

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