Too Much to Dream Unofficial Soundtrack
Pink Floyd, Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Truly, the great psychedelic album of the sixties, filled with songs both whimsical and sinister, transcendent and earthly, all guided by the sure but slightly unsteady hand of Syd Barrett.
Syd Barrett, The Madcap Laughs
Barrett’s great solo album, teetering on the verge of full-blown psychosis, but somehow keeping it all together long enough that by the end you are completely and helplessly in love.
King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King
Going from psychedelic rock to prog rock was not going to be an easy task, but this is the album that gets you there unabashedly. It scared the hippies for sure. The flute makes it one of my all-time favorites.
Zombies, Odyssey and Oracle
Often overlooked because of the wide shadow cast by Sgt. Peppers, this is undeniably one of the most perfect albums. The songs are more pop than psychedelic to be sure, but the songs like “Beechwood Park” and”Time of the Season” beautifully capture the expansive and altered mood of the time.
Olivia Tremor Control, Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle
27 songs of lo-fi psych-pop perfection. Next to Neutral Milk Hotel’s Aeroplane Over the Sea, the best thing to come out of Elephant 6 collective.
Blithe Sons, The Great Orthochromatic Wheel
Lots and lots of albums are labeled psych-folk, but very little actually surpasses the label. Blithe Sons expand the definition of psychedelic from an overused trope to a profound inspection of psychic isolation within the midst of the natural world.
White Rainbow, New Clouds
Oscillating between the immanent and the transcendent while playing joyfully in a sandbox of prog, psych, Krautrock, with fuzz keeping it all contained. One of my favorites albums.