Can't get enough "Psychedelic Soul"

i.e. Ball of Confusion by the Temptations

Can you point me to any other great examples not performed by The Temptations, Sly & The Family Stone?

This whole album is a landmark in the genre:

Well, there’s The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today

But, really, the kings of it are technically Psychedelic Funk - Parliament/Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

“Strawberry Letter 23” by the Brothers Johnson

“Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire

“Cloud Nine” by the Temptation

Almost everything by Sly & the Family Stone

“Love Roller Coaster” by the Ohio Players

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This whole album is a landmark in the genre:


So is Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, for that matter.

And Marvin’s “I Want You.”

The compilation Cloud Nine: Soul Gets Psychedelic is great. Starbucks’ was selling it, about five years ago.

My favorites on it are “Kofijahm” by Mandrill, “Brothers on the Slide” by Cymande, plus maybe “You Goin Miss yo Candyman” by Terry Callier.

As an 80’s child, I was completely unaware that the Love and Rockets version was a cover, until…less than a year ago. >_<


Note: this is a cover. The original is by Shuggie Otis, who’s most famous cult work would certainly qualify as Psychedelic Soul, an album called** Inspiration Information**.

The band War is a good example for that. They even recorded their first two albums with Britain’s biggest hippie, Eric Burdon, and kept the soul/rock hybrid style later.

With Burdon - Spill The Wine

War - Cisco Kid

Granted, there’s also often a very pronounced latin tinge (as well as Jazz influences), but that is also true of several other examples posted before. This mishmash of styles was just what made soul music of the first half of the seventies so great and exciting.

Also working the same sound at that time were the Isley Brothers, I recommend their albums Givin’ It Backand 3+3.

Who’s That Lady

Ohio/Machine Gun

Also, a very important and far-reaching album for psychedelic rock/soul crossover, and a classic anyway, is Jimi Hendrix’ Band Of Gypsys, with Buddy Miles on drums and sometimes vocals. The ghost of Hendrix somehow hovers over all the examples posted so far, so I think it fits the bill. In the meantime, almost the whole of the 1969/70 New Year’s Day Fillmore shows has bee released as Live At The Fillmore East, and these are fantastic recordings (the best Hendrix live recordings of all IMHO), but the initial impact came from the Band Of Gypsys album, which was a strong and effective condensation of those gigs.

Sorry, I found no direct links to songs from the album, but here’s one from those shows:

Band Of Gypsys - The Power Of Soul