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1. I Found Out
2. Greenwood Sidee
3. Life Will Pass You By
4. Taxim
5. Baldheaded End Of A Broom
6. Louisiana Man
7. You Donít Love Me
8. Beacon From Mars

The Kaleidoscope

A Beacon from Mars LP

LP | $28.98

LP 5247

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Wielding a battery of exotic instruments that once adorned a thrift-shop front window (bazouki, oud, vina, saz, doumbeg), the Kaleidoscope was every bit as multi-hued and subject-to-change as the telescope full of bright bits of colored glass the band was named after. If there had been a prize for the most eclectic psychedelic outfit, L.A.’s Kaleidoscope would have had it stashed on a shelf—between the hookah pipes and the bowling trophies—in the band’s rehearsal space. Formed by multi-instrumentalists David Lindley and Chris Darrow, with a membership that also included multi-instrumentalist Solomon Feldthouse and multi-instrumentalists Max Buda, Chester Crill and Fenrus Epp (all the same person!) along with drummer John Vidican, this wildly experimental outfit pioneered what would become the world-music genre by darting deftly between rock, folk, blues, Cajun, country, Middle Eastern, good-time ballads and Eastern European styles, with plenty of full-blown psychedelia on the side. It’s an exotically diverse approach, explored to great effect on 1968’s A Beacon from Mars, Kaleidoscope’s second LP (the working title for the album was Bacon from Mars). Just float your head through the buoyant, sprawling, mystical title track; the driving, raga-esque “Taxim”; or the graceful opener, “I Found Out,” which unfolds like the tender petals of a young rose. Beacon from Mars is an album no fan of ’60s West Coast psych can afford to miss!

Chris Darrow of THE KALEIDOSCOPE talks with Sundazed's Jud Cost about his life and times with The Kaleidoscope.....
:: Read the exclusive interview HERE

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