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Hi! I’m Maya, aka @thebeatlesandwings on Instagram. I am a music fan and enjoy posting pictures of my favorite artists/bands from the '50s to the '90s. I will be publishing different stories and more informative things related to the birth of rock ‘n roll; the genre that
formed some of my favorite genres. Enjoy!

Psychedelic Rock - The Albums

Psychedelic rock — a genre that transpired through rock, blues, and folk, but with a little touch of diversity, imagination, and experiments. A genre that spans through various sounds including the synthesizer, the Indian sitar, and studio effects, this is a genre of its own kind. These are albums that define the creativity and uniqueness behind psychedelic rock. Hope you enjoy!


Disraeli Gears - Cream

'Disraeli Gears' is the second studio album by rock supergroup Cream. It was released on November 2, 1967. Following its release, it was a sensation around the world. Reaching #4 on the US Billboard charts and #5 on the UK Albums Chart, it reached #1 in other countries worldwide including Finland, Sweden, and Australia. Produced by Felix Pappalardi, this album was recorded during the early months of the 'Summer of Love.' The album cover, designed by Martin Sharp, truly transcends the 'warm, fluorescent sound' of the music itself. From the iconic riff of 'Sunshine On Your Love' to the smooth voice of Jack Bruce on 'Tales of Brave Ulysses, to the fast paced drums of 'SWLABR' to the melancholic lyrics of 'We’re Going Wrong', to the blues-y guitar of 'Outside Woman Blues,' this album represents a generation of pure psychedelic rock of the late 1960s.

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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd

'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' is the debut album by Pink Floyd. This was released on August 5, 1967. Produced by Norman Smith.
A few months before this release, the band signed to EMI on February 1, 1967, two years after forming.
They started recording their album at EMI Studios right away on February 21, 1967. They would record the album in the studio right next to where The Beatles were recording their next record, 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
Formed by architecture students Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright with art student Syd Barrett, they released their debut single, 'Arnold Layne,' on March 10, 1967. That followed with another single in June, 'See Emily Play,' which gained more attention from the people, reaching #6 in the UK.
Exactly four months after the recording sessions started, they finished on May 21, 1967. Unfortunately, even before the start of these sessions, Syd had been experimenting with LSD like many other rockstars of this era. The other members quickly saw changes in their bandmate's behavior, which affected their gigs. They would soon have Syd's friend, David Gilmour, be a part of Pink Floyd during the sessions of their next album 'A Saucerful of Secrets' before officially replacing Barrett.
It did well in the UK during its initial release, peaking at #6 on the UK Albums Chart. It did chart in the US, but only reached #131 on the Billboard 200.
An integral aspect of the psychedelic rock culture was the lyrics, and Syd Barrett's lyricism definitely reflects the psychedelic, imaginative, and creativity behind the psychedelic rock genre.
From the space rock classics 'Astronomy Dominé' and the 9-minute instrumental 'Interstellar Overdrive' to Syd Barrett's nostalgic trip 'Matilda Mother,' to more obscure tracks like 'Chapter 24' and 'Flaming,' this album itself definitely stands out as the pivotal psychedelic rock album.

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is the seventh studio album by the Fab Four. Originally a concept thought of by no other than Paul McCartney, he wanted this to be a getaway from the troubles of fame during their Beatlemania era throughout the mid-1960s. With sessions starting in late 1966 shortly after their retirement from touring and the release of their sixth studio album 'Revolver,' they started to experiment more with the effects in the studio now that they had more time in their hands without worrying about touring. Their previous record, 'Revolver,' had already had some experiences with synths and different effects to create a psychedelic sound. They wanted to enhance the now-mainstream psychedelic rock sound with more experiments. These experiments can be heard on songs such as 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!' and 'Good Morning Good Morning.' This album also includes various stylistic influences including Western and Indian classical music, mainly enforced by George Harrison. It also includes avant-garde elements that also contributes to the album’s psychedelic sound.
The album cover for 'Sgt. Pepper' cost over £3,000 (which is £50,000 in today's money), costing more than any other album sleeve at its time. Over 50 people can be seen on the front cover including Edgar Allan Poe, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, and even Bob Dylan. The back cover is the first of its kind to have the lyrics to each track. This album is innovative and it has proved to be an instant success. Hitting #1 in the US and the UK, as well as in many different countries.

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The Doors - The Doors

'The Doors' is the self-titled debut album by The Doors. This was released on January 4, 1967. A few months prior to starting to record this album, the band spent months throughout 1966 performing at the 'Whiskey A Go-Go' in Los Angeles. They were soon found by Elektra Records on August 10, 1966. They started recording the album at Sunset Sound Recorders studio four days later, and officially got signed onto Elektra on August 18. They had already gotten two songs together— 'Light My Fire' and 'The End.' They continued recording until the 29th, and it would be completely finished by October.
The album was received incredibly well, with critic Paul Williams describing it as "an album of magnitude." It also did well on the charts, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200.
Songs like 'The End' and 'The Crystal Ship' really showed the melancholy and poetic sense behind Jim Morrison's songwriting. The main thing that really caught the attention of others was the band not having a bass player, instead having keyboardist Ray Manzarek using his keyboard as a bass. The unique sound that comes from Ray's keyboard really transpires the idea of psychedelia, and the smooth sound that it creates. His keyboard sound really stands out on tracks such as 'Light My Fire' and 'Soul Kitchen.'
This is an album that is considered to be one of the best of all time, and it has changed generations with its unique and flourishing sound.


Revolver - The Beatles

'Revolver' is the sixth studio album by The Beatles. This album was released on August 5, 1966. The album not only introduced psychedelic effects into mainstream, but it revolutionized the late 1960s counterculture.
After their previous album, 'Rubber Soul,'

Let It Be - The Story

In honor of the 52nd anniversary of 'Let It Be,' let’s take a deep dive into the history behind this album.

Intro

'Let It Be' is the final studio album by The Beatles. Released on May 8, 1970, the recording of this album spanned over two years. Songs dating back to early 1968, here will explain everything that went on throughout the two long years of recording 'Let It Be.'

Part I : Rishikesh, India

The Beatles had went to India prior to 1968, but their stay was cut short due to the news of the death of their long-time manager, Brian Epstein. This would make the following years of The Beatles more difficult.
Starting in February of 1968, The Beatles traveled to northern India to take a training course at the ashram of the Maharishi. Their interest in studying Transcendental Meditation was led by George Harrison, whose desire was to loosen tensions between the band and be at peace. During this visit, they had the motivation to write songs. Songs that came out of this time in India include 'Sexy Sadie,' 'Back In the U.S.S.R.', 'Dear Prudence,' 'Cry Baby Cry,' 'I Will,' 'Mother Nature’s Son,' 'Long, Long, Long,' 'Rocky Raccoon,' 'Mean Mr Mustard,' 'Polythene Pam,' and even a Ringo Starr song, 'Don’t Pass Me By.' Many of which were released on to future Beatles records such as The White Album, and Abbey Road. Other songs that were written during this period that were either released on a Beatles solo record or never released were 'Sour Milk Sea' (recorded by Jackie Lomax and was released as a single the same year; there is an Esher Demo of that song on the Deluxe Edition of The White Album), 'Child of Nature' (now known as 'Jealous Guy'; released on 'Imagine'), 'Circles' (released on 'Gone Troppo'), 'Junk' (released on Paul McCartney’s debut album, 'McCartney'), 'Look at Me' (released on John Lennon’s debut album, 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band'), 'Teddy Boy' (released on Paul McCartney’s debut album, 'McCartney' as well), and 'Dehradun' (a never released Harrison song). Other contributors to this course were other famous artists and people such as Donovan, Mia Farrow, Mike Love, and Paul Horn. Overall, this trip was memorable and life changing for The Fab Four. After they returned, they started the sessions of “Hey Jude” and “Revolution.” This was the year that The Beatles established their own record label called “Apple Corps.”

Part II : The White Album Sessions

After they returned, they started the sessions of “Hey Jude” and “Revolution.” This was the year that The Beatles established their own record label called “Apple Corps.” A multimedia label that allowed other artists to sign on, a potential retail store, and other music electronics. In mid 1968, they started recording their self-titled double LP “The Beatles,” also known as “The White Album.” Most of the material on this album dated back to their stay in India.
The sessions for 'The White Album' were relentless. The tension got so fractious that they started to work independently on their individual songs. John had his fair share of songs he had written in India including 'Julia,' 'Dear Prudence,' and 'Sexy Sadie.' Paul had songs including 'Blackbird,' 'Mother Nature’s Son,' 'Rocky Raccoon' and more. These changes created more tension, which led drummer Ringo Starr temporarily leaving the group on August 22, 1968. The album would eventually be released exactly five years after their second studio album 'With The Beatles,' on November 22, 1968.
You can hear throughout the record that most of these tracks are done individually rather than as a whole group. For instance, 'Blackbird' and 'Mother Nature’s Son' were recorded solely by Paul McCartney. George even invited Eric Clapton, who was a part of Cream at the time, to do the guitar solo on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' Everything seemed to go downhill gradually, and that’s when Paul McCartney got an idea.

Part III : The Television Special

In January of 1969, Paul McCartney, who was becoming the 'leader' and the motive to keep the group going, realized that continuing to work independently on songs like they did in the White Album sessions would further fragment the tension that’s already occurring. With that, he got the idea of filming a television special.
In order to do the television special, The Beatles reconvened and head to Twickenham Film Studios to begin what was originally known as the 'Get Back' project. Their concept was to go back to their early roots and perhaps return to live performances. It had been three years since they retired from touring after their last performance at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. Their plan was perform one or more live shows, with a television special and record release.
Highly endorsed by Paul McCartney, the Fab Four began rehearsing on January 2, 1969 for a concert which was to be filmed, and for which they hoped for some new material to be used for an album.
These sessions were directed by Micheal Lindsay-Hogg, who had previously directed their promotional films for 'Paperback Writer,' 'Rain,' 'Hey Jude,' and 'Revolution.'
Many hours of rehearsals and performances were filmed at Twickenham from January 2-14. However, nothing was being done and had an extreme lack of enthusiasm. John Lennon had gotten addicted to heroin and was rarely enthused by this project. Continuous arguments among the group led to George Harrison temporarily leaving the group on January 10, 1969. With his departure, this made things even harder to function properly. They were also unhappy with how everything was turning out and it became clear that this project would not happen this way, so they decided to scrap the television special altogether and go back to Apple Studios to start formally recording their next album.

My Top 5…

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Here are my top 5 parts of a band: guitarist, vocalist, bassist and drummer. Let me know what you think!

My Top 5 Lead Vocalists

1) Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
2) Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
3) Morrissey (The Smiths)
4) Steve Perry (Journey)
5) Phil Collins (Genesis)
Honorable mentions:
Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
Agnetha Fältskog (ABBA)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Jim Morrison (The Doors)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
James Hetfield (Metallica)
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)
Layne Staley (Alice In Chains)
Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine)

My Top 5 Guitarists

1) Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
2) Alex Lifeson (Rush)
3) Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
4) Carlos Santana (Santana)
5) Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Honorable mentions:
Randy Rhoads (played for Ozzy Osbourne)
Rory Gallagher
Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
Tony Banks & Steve Hackett (Genesis)
Jimmy McCulloch (Wings)

My Top 5 Bassists

1) Geddy Lee (Rush)
2) John Entwistle (The Who)
3) Cliff Burton (Metallica)
4) Geezer Bulter (Black Sabbath)
5) John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
Honorable mentions:
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
John Deacon (Queen)
Adam Clayton (U2)
Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine)
Andy Rourke (The Smiths)
Simon Gallup (The Cure)

My Top 5 Drummers

1) Neil Peart (Rush)
2) Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
3) John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
4) Phil Collins (Genesis)
5) Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

My Top 20 Albums (June 2022)

01

Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin

Top 3 Tracks
1) Ten Years Gone
2) Houses of the Holy
3) In My Time of Dying

02

A Saucerful of Secrets - Pink Floyd

Top 3 Tracks
1) See-Saw
2) Remember a Day
3) Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

03

Morrison Hotel - The Doors

Top 3 Tracks
1) Waiting for the Sun
2) Peace Frog
3) Blue Sunday

04

Meddle - Pink Floyd

Top 3 Tracks
1) A Pillow of Winds
2) Echoes
3) San Tropez

05

Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin

Top 5 Tracks
1) Friends
2) That’s the Way
3) Gallows Pole

06

Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin

Top 3 Tracks
1) The Rain Song
2) No Quarter
3) The Crunge

07

Axis: Bold As Love - Jimi Hendrix

Top 3 Tracks
1) One Rainy Wish
2) Little Miss Lover
3) Spanish Castle Magic

08

Powerslave - Iron Maiden

Top 3 Tracks
1) Rime of the Ancient Mariner
2) Powerslave
3) Back In the Village

09

Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath

Top 5 Tracks
1) Under the Sun
2) Cornucopia
3) Snowblind

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Trespass - Genesis

Top 3 Tracks
1) Stagnation
2) Dusk
3) The Knife

11

Future Games - Fleetwood Mac

Top 3 Tracks:
1) Future Games
2) Sometimes
3) Morning Rain

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12

Bonded By Blood - Exodus

Top 3 Tracks
1) No Love
2) Strike of the Beast
3) Metal Command

13

Part One - The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

Top 3 Tracks
1) Shifting Sands
2) 1906
3) Transparent Day

14

Heavy - Iron Butterfly

Top 3 Tracks
1) Unconscious Power
2) Look for the Sun
3) So-Lo

15

Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Top 3 Tracks:
1) Creeping Death
2) Ride the Lightning
3) The Call of Ktulu

16

Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! The Final Kill - Megadeth

Top 3 Tracks
1) Rattlehead
2) Mechanix
3) Chosen Ones

17

Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

Top 3 Tracks
1) The Afternoon
2) Evening
3) Nights In White Satin

18

Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden

Top 3 Tracks
1) Sun and Steel
2) Die With Your Boots On
3) To Tame a Land

19

Master of Puppets - Metallica

Top 3 Tracks
1) Leper Messiah
2) The Thing That Should Not Be
3) Disposable Heroes

20

Deep Purple - Deep Purple

Top 3 Tracks
1) April
2) Fault Line
3) Chasing Shadows

My Top 5 Albums (December 2021)

It is finally here — my top 5 albums of December (so far).


01

✎ #1 The Smiths - The Smiths (1984)

Top 3 Tracks:
1) Still Ill
2) Hand In Glove
3) Reel Around the Fountain


02

✎ #2 Disintegration - The Cure (1989)

Top 3 Tracks:
1) Lullaby
2) Lovesong
3) Fascination Street


03

✎ #3 Naked Eyes - Naked Eyes

Top 3 Tracks:
1) When the Lights Go Out
2) Fortune and Fame
3) Low Life


04

✎ #4 Hemispheres - Rush (1978)

Top 3 Tracks:
1) La Villa Strangiato
2) The Trees
3) Hemispheres


05

✎ #5 Paranoid - Black Sabbath (1970)

Top 3 Tracks:
1) Hand of Doom
2) Rat Salad
3) Electric Funeral or Planet Caravan


06

- Honorable Mentions -

1) Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park (2000)
2) Human’s Limb - Howard Jones (1984)
3) Combat Rock - The Clash (1982)
4) Help! - The Beatles (1965)
5) Breaking the Chains - Dokken (1986)
6) Please - Pet Shop Boys (1986)
7) Doolittle - Pixies (1989)
8) Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (1992)
9) A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay (2002)
10) All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (1970)


Happy Birthday Ozzy! —

Happy 73rd Birthday to the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne! I hope you, Sharon, Jack, Kelly and the rest of your kids are celebrating happily ♥︎

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Happy Birthday to Randy! ♡

Randy was known for being the guitarist during the early years of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career after getting fired from Black Sabbath. His extravagant guitar solos and riffs can be heard in songs such as 'Crazy Train' and 'Mr. Crowley.'

My Top 20 Albums (October 2021) ☁️

I have a very mixed music taste. Here you will see the top albums I’m listening to as of right now. Enjoy!


01

1) Naked Eyes - Naked Eyes

Top 3 Tracks:
1) Fortune and Fame
2) Promises, Promises
3) I Could Show You How


02

2) Gish - The Smashing Pumpkins

Top 3 Tracks
1) Bury Me
2) Crush
3) Window Paine


03

3) Dirt - Alice In Chains

Top 3 Tracks
1) Rain When I Die
2) Dam That River
3) Them Bones + Sickman


04

4) Dookie - Green Day

Top 3 Tracks
1) Sassafras Roots
2) She
3) Burnout


05

5) War - U2

Top 3 Tracks
1) New Year’s Day
2) Red Light
3) The Refugee


06

6) Permanent Waves - Rush

Top 3 Tracks
1) The Spirit of Radio
2) Freewill
3) Natural Science


07

7) Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin

Top 3 Tracks
1) Out of the Tiles
2) That’s the Way
3) Gallows Pole


08

8) Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? - The Cranberries

Top 3 Tracks
1) Pretty
2) Sunday
3) I Will Always


09

9) Doolittle - Pixies

Top 3 Tracks
1) Hey
2) Here Comes Your Man
3) La La Love You + There Goes My Gun


10

10) It's My Life - Talk Talk

Top 3 Tracks
1) Such a Shame
2) Renee
3) Dum Dum Girl


11

11) Trespass - Genesis

Top 3 Tracks
1) Stagnation
2) Dusk
3) White Mountain


12

12) The Smiths - The Smiths

Top 3 Tracks
1) Still Ill
2) Suffer Little Children
3) This Charming Man


13

13) Evil Empire - Rage Against the Machine

Top 3 Tracks
1) Down Rodeo
2) Vietnow
3) Without a Face


14

14) The Police - Ghost in the Machine

Top 3 Tracks
1) Spirits In the Material World
2) Invisible Sun
3) Darkness


15

15) Fuel for the Fire - Naked Eyes

Top 3 Tracks
1) No Flowers Please
2) Eyes of a Child
3) New Hearts


16

16) Gala - Lush

Top 3 Tracks
1) Sweetness and Light
2) Scarlet
3) Leaves Me Cold


17

17) Seventeen Seconds - The Cure

Top 3 Tracks
1) A Forest
2) Secrets
3) M + In Your House


18

18) Scoundrel Days - a-ha

Top 3 Tracks
1) Cry Wolf
2) Maybe, Maybe
3) I’ve Been Losing You


19

19) Rio - Duran Duran

Top 3 Tracks
1) New Religion
2) Save a Prayer
3) Rio


20

20) There Is Nothing Left to Lose - Foo Fighters

Top 3 Tracks
1) Aurora
2) Generator
3) M.I.A.


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