Sunday, March 8, 2015

CD Review: Independent Psych Tributes To The Beatles And The Rolling Stones

Last year, Cleopatra Records released "A Psych Tribute To The Doors" (review: It was so successful that they are continuing with two new tributes. The first is "Stoned: A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones" and the other is "The Magical Mystery Psych Out - A Tribute To The Beatles." Two of the biggest bands in music history get their song re-worked psychedelic-style.

The fourteen-song release, "Stoned: A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones" may not feature any of your well-known rock bands, but does include renditions of Stones' songs that might make you think of them a little differently. Beginning with "What A Shame," artist Lorelle Meets The Obsolete drills the song with sonic guitars and dream-like vocals. The slower, darker tone of "Under My Thumb," supplied by Shiny Darkly gives a different meaning to the song, while Clinic's version of "It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)" is almost unrecognizable. The five-plus minute version of "Child Of The Moon" by Celestial Bums gives the song a Velvet Underground tone that makes this trippy version a must hear. The surf-guitar instrumental "Stoned" from Allah-Las is a great addition, while the Pink Velvet inject some feminine punk-rock into "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The album closes with The Tulips adding a melodic pop beat to the classic rock ballad "Wild Horses." To find out more about "Stoned: A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones," please visit

Next is the perfect marriage of psychedelic songs from the band that brought that type of music to the mainstream. It's "The Magical Mystery Psych Out: A Tribute To The Beatles." This new twelve-song release begins with one of The Beatles "trippiest" songs, "Tomorrow Never Knows," re-done very well by the Electric Moon. This version of the song is how you probably would have heard the original version if you were tripping on acid or LSD. The Vacant Lots turn "Julia" into eighties modern rock gold, re-arranging the entire song into an up-tempo pop rocker. Your mind will be soaring with the sweeping tones of The KVB's "Taxman" and the rhythm-heavy "Love You To" by the Fantasmes as both bands do justice to these original George Harrison compositions. The band Quilt keep the gentleness of "Cry Baby Cry," before Kikagaku Moyo turns "Helter Skelter" into confused mayhem. To find out more about "The Magical Mystery Psych Out: A Tribute To The Beatles," please visit

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