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The Head Shop is a psychedelic rock band from New York that released a one-shot, eponymous album on Epic Records in 1969. According to promotional material for the album, the band performs "9 musical chapters that will lead you into new musical and audiophile dimensions of psychedelic art of music". A commercial ad in New York's Screw magazine was blazoned with: "Do You Want Head? Blow Your Mind with the Head Shop Album!" The music features fuzztone bass and guitars, Farfisa as well as Hammond organ, and general weirdness. One recent reviewer describes the music as "a demented fusion of ’69 era heavy psych and ’66 era garage punk"[1]. Psychedelic rock is a musical style inspired by or attempting to replicate the mind-altering experience of drugs such as cannabis, psilocybin, mescaline, salvia divinorum, and especially LSD. There are also other forms of psychedelic music that started from the same roots and diverged from the prevalent rock style into... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Audiophile, from Latin audio hear and Greek φιλειν (philein) love, is a word used to describe a person dedicated to achieving high fidelity in the recording and playback of music. ... Screw magazine is a New York-based pornographic tabloid newspaper published by Al Goldstein from 1968 to 2004. ...


The album was produced by Milan, and the associate producer is Maxim; they are also listed as the songwriters on the original songs, which include "Listen with a Third Ear", "Heaven Here We Come" and "I Feel Love Comin' On". Larry Coryell, a respected jazz guitarist is a "guest musician" that provides a guitar solo on one track, "I Feel Love Comin' On". Coryell's debut album on Vanguard Records was released in the same time period. Larry Coryell Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943-) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Vanguard Records was a record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York. ...


The cover songs are also highly entertaining: Side 1 ends and Side 2 begins with two extremely familiar Beatles songs, "Yesterday" – reminiscent of the Vanilla Fudge cover of "Help!" – plus a propulsive rendering of "Revolution". "Yesterday", along with an original song called "Where Have All the People Gone", are combined into "Opera in the Year 4000" that may function as a commentary on the state of the music world at the end of the decade: even if all the people are gone in two thousand years, the then omnipresent Beatles standard would still survive. The album also includes a melancholy version of another hit song of the period, "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb. Like "Yesterday", hundreds of other cover versions of "Sunny" are extant, but not like this. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... The song Yesterday was originally recorded by The Beatles for their album Help! in 1965. ... Vanilla Fudge was an American heavy metal/psychedelic band that recorded albums from 1967 to 1970. ... Help! is a song by The Beatles. ... Revolution is a song by The Beatles, written primarily by John Lennon and attributed to Lennon-McCartney. ... Sunny is the name of a song written by Bobby Hebb. ... Bobby Hebb is an African American singer and songwriter, best known for his 1966 recording of Sunny. Hebbs parents, William and Ovalla Hebb, were both blind musicians. ...


The album cover feature a swirling group of multi-colored (and numbered) boxes that surround a black-and-white image of a shrunken head. The back cover is mostly black with minimal copy but also shows a shot of the band lit from beneath. // Shrunken head from the upper Amazon region, in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Shrunken head exhibited at the Lightner Museum in St. ...


Although the band is obscure by any standard, The Head Shop is probably the best known and one of the last of the many projects masterminded by Milan, an enigmatic music industry professional who produced and performed on a variety of recordings released throughout the 1960's. Virtually all of the Milan projects, including The Head Shop are highly sought collectors' items, and original sealed copies of the Epic album surface occasionally.


The album has been reissued on two different German labels, Synton Records in 1998 and World in Sound Records in 2004. The latter reissue includes 7 bonus tracks, along with a copy of the 1969 Screw Magazine ad. The bonus tracks run the gamut from folk to flower power to psychedelic pop and include songs by The Aladdins, Household Sponge (the predecessor band to The Head Shop), Licorice Schtik (another Milan outfit of the same time period), and other earlier Milan projects. Folk can refer to a number of different things: It can be short for folk music, or, for folksong, or, for folklore; it may be a word for a specific people, tribe, or nation, especially one of the Germanic peoples; it might even be a calque on the related German... A bus covered with Hippie slogans and flowers Flower power was a slogan used by hippies in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of the non-violence ideology. ... Psychedelic pop is a musical style inspired by the harder, louder songs of Psychedelic rock but applied more to a pop music setting. ...


Band Members

  • Danny Prosseda, Guitar
  • Drew Sbordone, Bass
  • Joe Siano, Vocals
  • Jesse Luca, Drums, Percussion
  • Milan, Rhythm Guitars and Screams
  • Geoff Wright, Hammond/Farfisa Organ, Fuzz Bass (on "Heaven Here We Come" and "I Feel Love Comin' On")
  • Maxim, Violin Solo (on "Prophecy")
  • Larry Coryell, Guest Musician, Guitar Solo (on "I Feel Love Comin' On")

Larry Coryell Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943-) is an American jazz guitarist. ...

Track Listing

Original Album, Released on Epic Records in 1969 (BN 26476):


Side 1:

  1. Head Shop (Milan/Maxim/R. Craig), 2:56
  2. Heaven Here We Come (Milan), 2:40
  3. Sunny (Bobby Hebb), 3:11
  4. Listen with a Third Ear (Milan/Maxim), 2:30
  5. Opera in the Year 4000 (Milan), 4:25
    1. Where Have All the People Gone (Milan)
    2. Yesterday (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

Side 2: Bobby Hebb is an African American singer and songwriter, best known for his 1966 recording of Sunny. Hebbs parents, William and Ovalla Hebb, were both blind musicians. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, (born June 18, 1942) is an English rock and roll songwriter,musician and singer, best known as a member of The Beatles and one half of the songwriting partnership known as Lennon-McCartney. ...

  1. Revolution (John Lennon/Paul McCartney), 2:28
  2. I Feel Love Comin' On (Milan), 6:20
  3. Prophecy (Maxim/Milan), 2:17
  4. Infinity (Milan), 4:45

Bonus Tracks, 2004 Reissue on World in Sound Records (WIS 1024): John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, (born June 18, 1942) is an English rock and roll songwriter,musician and singer, best known as a member of The Beatles and one half of the songwriting partnership known as Lennon-McCartney. ...

  • "Scars" (by The Aladdins), 2:34
  • "Second Best" (by The Aladdins), 2:14
  • "Flowers, Flowers", 2:00
  • "Kissing Game", 2:03
  • "Sunshine}, 1:12
  • "Groovy Feelings", 1:50
  • "In Central Park"

References

  1. ^ Kurt Sampsel Reviews, Fufkin.com, December 2001

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