Saturday, 18 June 2016

Kaleidoscope.“Kaleidoscope” 1969 Mexico psychedelic beast..!


Kaleidoscope “Kaleidoscope” 1969 Puerto Rico  psychedelic beast..!  Mega rare original Orfeon Press 

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The Mexican Kaleidoscope’s sole, self-titled album is 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. And some goofy psychedelic touches appear without warning, like the cheap outer space signals in “Colours”; the Harpo Marx-like horn interjections in the same tune; the atomic explosion that ends “Hang Out”; the out-of-nowhere distant, cornered-wolf yells of “A New Man”; the weird, slightly off-key plunks of “I Think It’s All Right,” which ring like a tapped wine glass; and the funk rock guitar of “I’m Crazy,” which sounds halfway between a chicken-scratch and a drawer being opened and closed, giving way to a harem organ. Then there’s the eight-minute “Once Upon a Time There Was a World,” which sounds like an unwitting parody of suicidal teenage angst in its over-the-top sorrow for itself, yet backed with a creepy organ-fuzz arrangement of almost funereal grandeur. by  by Richie Unterberger...


It’s a great pleasure that we can present one of our favorite garage-psych records of all times – the self titled, and only, record by 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.

The German reissue label Shadoks – with whom we’ve issued a number of Zamrock titles – licensed the album through the band’s leader, guitarist and vocalist Frank Tirado, and issued it on CD and LP. We approached Frank and got the rights to license Kaleidoscope’s impossible to imitate music on both master and publishing sides – and, at the urging of Shadoks Thomas Hartlage, have made it available for digital purchase for the first time ever. Download a sample song below and if you like what you hear – and we’re almost certain you will – support the release of global wonders by purchasing the entire album.....


Incredible Mexican mind expander from the 1969 that could have easily been on an ‘Endless Journey’ comp. Mind frying fuzz guitars, electronic psychedelic effects, swirling keyboards and drugged lyrics/vocals in English.

Originally released in Mexico, 1969. Numbered edition of 500 pressed on 180 gram vinyl, housed in a heavy sleeve with a poster and 4-page insert containing an extra poster. «Kaleidoscope is one of best psychedelic albums ever been recorded and among the other 2 rare albums (Mariani from USA and Dark from UK) perhaps the rarest. Enrique Rivas located all original members as well as the original artist of the cover. Shadoks Music signed a deal with the band, so we can put this baby out for the first time legit. Actually this band was not from Mexico. The musicians came from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain and the album was recorded in 1967 in Dominican Republic. The manager took it to Mexico where it had a tiny release of 200 on the Orfeon label. They were friends of Addib Casta from Ladies WC, Venezuela, so one song is from Ladies WC; the rest are all original compositions. A collector’s dream come true. The music is amazing heavy guitar-based psychedelic of the best kind, the cover artwork restored and complete (bootlegs were heavily cropped) with original label artwork for the first time, plus many photos, band history, 2 posters. We are proud to have this baby on our label.».....


Kaleidoscope is one of best psychedelic album ever been recorded and among the other 2 rare albums (Mariani from USA and Dark from UK) perhaps the rarest.
Enrique Rivas located all original members as well as the original artist of the cover. Shadoks Music signed a deal with the band, so we can put this baby out for the first time legit. Actually this band was not from Mexico. The musicians came from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain and the album was recorded in 1967 in Dominican Republic. The manager took it to Mexico where it had a tiny release of 200 on the Orfeon label. They where friends of Addib Casta from Ladies WC, Venezuela, so one song is from Ladies WC the rest are all original composition. A collectors dream come true. The music is amazing heavy guitar based psychedelic of the best kind, the cover artwork restored and complete (bootlegs where heavy cropped) with original label artwork for the first time, plus many photos, band history, 2 poster. We are proud to have this baby our on our label. Please Enjoy!......


According to Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares, only 200 copies of this album were pressed to test the waters in Mexico as to the popularity of psychedelic music there. It flopped badly, which is probably why Vernon Joynson gives it the highest rarity rating of R6, which in his book means 'Only a handful of copies exist and they are very sought-after', and a lucky owner can expect 1500 dollars or more on the rare record market. However, that doesn't mean much to the modern music buyer unless the quality of the music makes it worthwhile, which is why I'm writing this review, surprised that this is the first one. This is a great album on a par with that other more well-known Mexican psych band Los Dug Dugs, whose debut album is also a great record. Every track is worthwhile, with great organ playing and a nice fuzz guitar tone. The songs are all in English, but the only downside for some will be that this is in mono, although recorded as late as 1969. For all its rarity, one might expect a copy off a scratched vinyl, but actually the sound is crystal clear - it must have been taken from the master tapes. All in all, a must-have for the psych fan that equals the best of US and UK psych. The name Kaleidoscope seems to be a guarantee of great music, for while the UK and US Kaleidoscope bands are quite different from this music, they're equally good...ByMichael..


This Kaleidoscope was released in Mexico, in 1969, though, it should be clarified that the members are actually Dominican and Puerto Rican, and the LP was recorded two years earlier in 1967.

The vocals are in English, though, so don’t sweat the translations. The Spanish Kaleidoscope sounds more like the lean & mean, organ & fuzz-based, Tex-Mex garage-rock of Sir Douglas, than your typical acid trippers....

This late 1960s psych-rock band Kaleidoscope is not to be confused with the English Kaleidoscope of the late 1960s…or the American Kaleidoscope of the late 1960s. No, what we have here is a much more potent little band. Hailing from Puerto Rico, this band’s sole album was released in Mexico in a limited edition of 200…very few of which actually sold. Shame, because this band’s sound–an interesting hybrid of The Doors, The Zombies, and The Grass Roots. In other words, it’s driving garage rock/psych rock that’s organ-driven, harmony laden, and unavoidably catchy. It’s understandable why collectors have fawned over and sought out this one–and are willing to shell out thousands of dollars for the original pressing. Finding Kaleidoscope is like finding a long-lost great rock band. The sound is raw, the songs unpolished, but the talent is there–especially on “Colours” and “Hang Out”–all soulful singing and potent keyboards and fuzzy guitars. There’s not a real bum note of the lot here; one wonders why songs like “A New Man” and “I’m Here, He’s Gone, She’s Crying” weren’t big hits. and check out “I’m Crazy,” which sounds like an odd, trippy Elvis Presley. Ironically, the only time they slip is when stretch out for an eight minute Moody Blues-like psychedelic blues trip on “Once Upon A Time There Was a World.” Kudos to the labels that have reissued this lost classic, and to Now Again Sounds for making this available digitally.......

Kaleidoscope's sole release is one of the best psychedelic albums ever recorded and also among the rarest albums of all time. Enrique Rivas located all the original band members as well as the original cover artist. Shadoks Music signed a deal with the band, and now puts this baby out legitimately for the first time, ever. The band was not actually from Mexico: the musicians came from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Spain, and the album was recorded in 1967 in the Dominican Republic. The manager took it to Mexico where it had a tiny release of 200 copies on the Orfeon label. They were friends with Addib Casta from Ladies WC, Venezuela, so one song is by Ladies WC -- the rest are all original compositions. The music features some amazing, heavy, guitar-based psychedelia of the best kind, and there are three bonus tracks here, including a live track from 1969. The cover art has also been completely restored (bootleg versions were heavily cropped) with the original label artwork for the first time. The package also includes many photos and a band history, making this a collector's dream come true........


- Frank Tirado / Voz
- Orly Vazquez / Bajo
- Pedro Garcia / Guitarra
- Rafi Cruz / Bateria
- Julio A. Fernandez / Teclados

Hang Out (2:20)
P.S. Come Back (2:11)
A Hole In My Life (2:34)
Let Me Try (3:28)
I Think It’s All Right (3:00)
Colours (2:37)
Once Upon A Time There Was A World (8:09)
A New Man (2:38)
I’m Crazy (3:34)
I’m Here, He’s Gone, She’s Crying (2:28)

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