Psych & Garage
For those who want to freak out, fuzz out, trip out and melt out, Psychedelia and Garage music may just be for you! Starting from the early 60s, many bands that started out as a Beat or Pop groups found LSD (amongst other psychedelics). The effect that this had on the music was very powerful, especially as technological advances meant that you could use backwards tapes, huge amounts of reverb and chorus, phasing, flanging and in some cases a Theremin!
Record collectors often thrive on records that are musically adventurous, so there are countless records that fall under the category Psych & Garage that can have significant value. Some of these are the albums that are now extremely well known – The Velvet Underground & Nico’s eponymous classic form 1966, the seminal ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ by Jimi Hendrix, Cream’s ‘Disraeli Gears’, the Syd Barrett era Floyd LPs ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ and ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’, Love’s ‘Forever Changes’, ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ from Jefferson Airplane and the 1968 monster ‘S.F. Sorrow’ from The Pretty Things. Original pressings, especially if they’re nice and clean of these titles are going to set you back a pretty penny or two though they are arguably a good investment – neat examples of these records will get harder to find as the mean mistress of time marches on.
Unsurprisingly, some of the most sought after records when we think about Psych & Garage are the ones that were not just musically innovating, but those that were pressed in miniscule number. Such examples include the phenomenal 45 ‘Shattered’ by The Good Feelins (we can find no record of this ever selling online), moody Ohio Garage from The Eye Zooms in the 45 ‘She’s Gone’, the 1967 7” cut from The Troden Path ‘Don’t Follow Me’, Cool Stove’s ‘Big Sensation’, beautiful Folk/Garage from The Vectors ‘Paisley Haze’ (this was a B side!) and from Montreal, Quebec the essential ‘1-2-5’ by The Haunted.
So whether you have that scorchingly rare slice of fuzz on a small label or a cracking condition Doors of Captain Beefheart record, we want to hear from you – it’s always in our interest to get the top prices for your rare, interesting and wonderful Psych & Garage screamers!