Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kaleidoscope - Kaleidoscope (1969 puerto rico / dominican republic, rough garage psych)

The Puerto Rican band Kaleidoscope, who recorded their album in the Dominican Republic and saw it issued in a promotional run of two-hundred copies on Mexico’s Orfeon label. It’s gone on to become one of the sought after artifacts of the late 60s world-rock scene, with clean copies – when the surface – selling for upwards of $8,000.

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.
by Richie Unterberger

Cover artwork was created by Bob Molidor an Austrian/German hippy who lived in Mexico that time and also released an album the same year titled "Hits Internacionales"  
1. Hang Out - 2:15
2. Ps Come Back - 2:05
3. A Hole In My Life - 2:29
4. Let Me Try - 3:31
5. I Think It's All Right - 2:55
6. Colours - 2:30
7. Once Upon A Time There Was A World - 8:10
8. A New Man - 2:35
9. I'm Crazy - 3:30
10.I'm Here, He's Gone, She's Cryin' - 2:28
All songs by Kaleidoscope.

The Kaleidoscope
Rafael Cruz - Drums
Julio Arturo Fernández - Organ
Pedrín García - Guitar
Frank Tirado - Bass, Vocals
Orly Várzquez - Bass, Guitar, Vocals

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