Psychedelic rock is a genre of music that had it’s peak years from roughly 1966-1969. This type of music is some of my favorite, with it’s distinct sound that centered around the counterculture in the mid to late 1960’s. The sound that came from this genre of music is best described, at least to me, as the youth trying to capture the feel of what it was like to be on psychedelic drugs, with LSD being the most prevalent at that time.
The sound coming out of psychedelic rock were very distinct. It was heavily influenced by the sounds of more eastern musical instruments, based on Indian classical music, such as the sitar and tabla. Also featured was the electric guitar. Experimentation with some unique sounds, such as the use of feedback and fuzz box were used, as well as wah wah units. The use of keyboards was prevalent in psychedelic rock, some being harpsichords, electric organs and the Mellotron. These sounds were very popular with the psychedelic culture, with my favorite keyboardist Ray Manzarek of The Doors, as the leader of the pack in the psychedelic sound.
Some of the best psychedelic rock bands of this era were: Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, 13th Floor Elevators, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Love, The Electric Prunes, Spirit, Soft Machine, Traffic, and many countless others that were less popular. Maybe the most popular of all, in my opinion, was The Doors. They are my all time favorite band during this era. I have many of these bands in my collection for you to search for, and hopefully will spark your interest.