Side Trips Vol. I: Shards of a Psychedelic Past

A Psychedelic Mix by Studio Mosaic

From JFK to MLK to LSD, the Sixties were a period of both political and cultural transformation. By “tuning in, turning on, and dropping out,” waves of young people began to think and live in ways radically different from the generations that preceded them. From the second half of the 1950s, Beat Generation writers like William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg wrote about and took drugs, raising awareness and helping to popularize their use. In the early 1960s the use of LSD and other psychedelics was advocated by new proponents of consciousness expansion such as Timothy Leary, Alan Watts, and Aldous Huxley.

The term "psychedelic" is derived from the Ancient Greek words psychē ("soul") and dēloun ("to make visible, to reveal"), translating to "soul-revealing". Hippie counterculture adapted the word to describe a new type of music that drew inspiration spanning from Hindustani classical music to the traditional folk and blues bands of the United States and Britain.

Side Trips Vol. I: Shards of a Psychedelic Past explores the B-sides of this magical era with our favorite cratedigger-certified tracks recorded in the mid-60s to the early 70s. While we love the heavier acid jams and anthems from this era’s massive creative outpouring, Side Trips Vol. I offers our listeners an entry into lesser known, and, at times, esoterically-inspired tunes that convey a sense of peace, euphoria, and spiritual contemplation. Here is the sound of joy that innocently is.


0:00 Sun Ra - I Am An Instrument

1:32 Grateful Dead - New Potato Caboose

6:52 Steve Miller Band - The Beauty of Time Is That It's Snowing

8:42 Jefferson Airplane - Today

11:30 Beach Boys - Feel Flows

16:07 Cream - Anyone For Tennis?

18:41 Incredible String Band - Puppies

21:23 Fleetwood Mac - Albatross

25:26 Jim Morrison - Stoned Immaculate

24:34 Jerry Garcia - The Wheel

28:33 Quicksilver Messenger Service - Gold and Silver

31:18 Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home

33:42 Buffalo Springfield - Expecting To Fly

36:53 Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs

41:59 Chocolate Watchband - In The Past

45:00 Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man

48:03 Simon & Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair Canticle

51:06 Crosby, Stills, Nash - Guinnevere

55:36 David Crosby - Tamalpais High (At About 3)

58:46 Byrds - 5D (Fifth Dimension)

1:01:17 Country Joe & The Fish - The Masked Marauder

1:03:33 Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping

1:06:35 Pink Floyd - Fat Old Sun

1:11:41 Jimi Hendrix - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp

1:15:19 The Doors - Take It As It Comes

1:17:32 Love - The Red Telephone

1:22:00 Its a Beautiful Day - White Bird

1:25:39 Moody Blues - The Balance


Genre: Psychedelic


Release: November 2017


Duration: 01:28:54


Listener Accessibility: 8/10


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