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Beacon From Mars
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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 b... more »
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!
Worth searching for.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kaleidoscope was a Los Angeles-based band in the Sixties which, despite talent to burn and an eclectic mix of styles which should've clicked naturally in the Summer Of Love, never broke out of cult status. A BEACON FROM MARS is worth picking up as it shows the band's diversity off in so many ways. There's mid-eastern-inspired jamming ("Taxim"), a nod to the blues ("You Don't Love Me"), a great counterculture anthem ("Life Will Pass You By") and inspired playing on bouzuki, oud and mandolin in addition to the traditional guitar, bass and drums set-up. Future Jackson Browne-sideman David Lindley was a band member and brings his skills to the mix. While this is a terrific album, some may be put off by the two long jams here; the best place to start for the Kaleidoscope neophyte is to search out for their first album, SIDE TRIPS, which has a tighter structure, or their compilation disc, EGYPTIAN GARDENS. Both are sadly out-of-print but worth looking for, and A BEACON FROM MARS is also worth the search if you're looking for a bit of the diverse."
Impressive range of diverse classic rock and more
IRate | 02/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
Around the same time their British companions played gently with a particular brand of folk rock, this American band of the same name released a more impressive rock album with a far more diverse slant. Expertly navigating many different musical cultures from Irish to Indian and back home again, this modest release matches the band's moniker far more effectively then their buddies from across the pond. Although these worldly recordings may be looked upon as glorified samplers more then authentic replications, the playing and production remains adept enough to engage even cynical listeners.