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7 Aug 2016

The Mystic Tide “Solid Sound" 1965-1967 US Psych Garage Rock

The Mystic Tide “Solid Sound" 1965-1967 US Psych Garage Rock


One of the truly great 1960s garage classics, this leaps out of the speakers and grabs you from the word go, then proceeds to turn the heat up yet several more notches with a supercharged guitar break that was unbelievably unhinged and over-the-top by 1966 standards. Out of the Woodbury suburb of New York City, this band made some outstanding recordings. They started life combining their own compositions with Them, Searchers and Zombies originals. They went very much against the tide of most Long Island bands, who were heavily into soul. By early 1966 they were becoming more adventurous. For their second 45, they covered a Them song, Mystic Eyes. Indeed, this slow punk ballad was party responsible for their name, as their leader Joe Docko liked it so much. Their third 45 was their magnum opus. Frustration was a haze of dementia with superb guitar leads from Docko. They played 10 minute versions of it live and each was different. The flip, Psychedelic Journey Pt 1 was a stunning psychedelic instrumental which once again contained some superb guitar playing from Docko. The song continued on the flip to their fourth 45, which featured fine discordant clashing guitars and a striking ending. After this Jim Thomas left and they continued as a trio for one final effort:- Mystery Ship, another punk ballad - a tale of death and the futility of life, backed by the more optimistic, You Won’t Look Back. This lacked the ‘fullness’ of sound of their previous two, now they were only a trio.

The Mystic Tide released a total of five singles between the years 1965-1967 and they are all nearly impossible to find now. The recent Distortions retrospectives include all their 45s plus an early effort, I Wouldn’t Care, a gentle Merseybeat-influenced song. The later CD release includes seven extra tracks.They are now considered to be one of the best garage/psychedelic groups to come out of Long Island. …….

In reality The Mystic Tide was single vision of one Joe Docko. Joe was the mainman of The Mystic Tide and believe it or not he stills resides in Woodbury. I actually called up information in Woodbury and got his phone number. But so far I have been too chicken to ring him up. I mean you just don’t make a cold call to Joe Docko, do you?
The group’s early material is well represented by “I Wouldn’t Care”, “Why”, “Stay Away” & “I Search For New Love.” These tracks are all ultra cool stabs at a sort of Mersey-Beat sound with garage and surf rock overtones. However things really get cooking with the immortal “Mystic Eyes” (possibly influenced by Them.) “Mystic Eyes” is a pulsating death wail of garage punk oblivion. This thing just oozes all over you, Joe sounding like a second cousin of Eric Burdon on vocals while musically the Tide sound like an east coast answer to the Calico Wall. “Frustration” (not the Painted Ship track) is just a seething, full bore punk camando raid which brings to mind The Craig’s “I Must Be Mad” in terms of all out intensity.
“Running Through The Night” heads off into Third Bardo territory of surf/psychedelic madness. “Psychedelic Journey Parts 1&2” is a non-stop instrumental choke hold which was inspired by The Butterfield Blues Band’s landmark “East West” title track from 1966. Next up is the group’s tour de force “Mystery Ship”, this one is in the same bag as “Mystic Eyes”, it just sort of sits there in it’s own juices then strikes at the listener like a rattlesnake, Joe’s guitar is just lethal on this one. “You Won’t Look Back” ties up the original 60’s material of the band in fine style, turning back to the group’s early garage/folk sound.
When it’s all said and done, The Mystic Tide were one of the truly great group’s of the late 60’s as this album so readily affirms. The Mystic Tide were easily the equals of the 13th Floor Elevators, Chocolate Watchband or any other 60’s garage band you care to mention. by Dave Furgess ……

The Mystic Tide
Pavel Safroshkin Picell - Bass, Backing Vocals
*John Wilham - Drums
*Jim Thomas - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
*Joe Docko - Vocals, Lead Guitar

1. I Wouldn’t Care - 3:10
2. Why - 1:59
3. Stay Away - 2:15
4. I Search For New Love - 2:46
5. Mystic Eyes - 3:32
6. Frustration - 2:41
7. Running Through The Night - 2:27
8. Psychedelic Journey Pt.1 - 4:59
9. Psychedelic Journey Pt.2 - 4:27
10.Mystery Ship - 2:55
11.You Won’t Look Back - 2:56
12.You Know It’s True - 4:43
13.It’s Simple Sister - 4:32
14.Mystery Ship - 3:53
15.Frustration - 3:42
16.Silver Rails/Going Home - 3:45
17.See The Light - 4:19
18.Solid Ground - 3:17

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