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12’ Bar Ramblin’ #52 ‘More Psychedelic Blues’ with Stefan Matussek

20 October 2020

In the second half of the 1960s a new movement was emerging in the musical and cultural landscape. The Acid Tests, the Merry Pranksters, and the promotion of the psychedelic LSD and the overall potential of consciousness exploration by the likes of Timothy Leary and Alan Watts lead to a massive social, artistic and musical change influenced by psychedelics. Blues music was not exempt, and it also adapted to this in different ways. On the one hand there were the emerging psychedelic-rock bands that included blues songs in their repertoire. On the other hand there were blues acts who either were interested in experimentation and explored these new influences, or were pushed by their record label to release albums in this style. While this phenomenon did not result in a new sub-genre or regional style, it still spawned half a decade of wild and fuzzy blues music that deserves mention as an exciting early form of blues-rock.

Playlist

She's Alright - Muddy Waters
Walkin' Blues - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Strange Brew - Cream
Love Me Two Times - The Doors
In the Morning - Jefferson Airplane
Leaving Trunk - Taj Mahal
Oh Captain - Chuck Berry
Roadblock - Big Brother & The Holding Company
The Same Thing (1968) - Muddy Waters
Bullfrog Blues - Canned Heat
Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf
How Many More Times - Led Zeppelin
Crystal Blues - Country Joe & The Fish
Elephant Man - Bo Diddley
Belly Button Window - Jimi Hendrix
Glory Glory - Othman Wahabi
Old Rusty Bike - Black Lark
Bad Luck Woman - Hard Stairs
Love Bomb - Glenn Kaiser

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