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When people mention "acid," two names come to mind: Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary

 


The Acid Test Graduation
Original Graduation Poster

Oct 31, 1966, San Francisco
On a perfect day
Decorating Furthur Bus

(and after twelve "tests") Ken Kesey (& The Merry Pranksters) decided it was time to graduate
Acid Test Diploma

. Scheduled for Winterland (a day before a Democratic political rally), it was moved on short notice to a warehouse near Market Street. Quite the event, I'm told—by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Or, you can buy the movie done by Ken Kesey's son. Or hunt around the internets for the 6-CD set of recordings from most of the tests. It's pretty interesting listening, let me tell you. The following album, released in 1966, is included in this set.

The Acid Test
Sound City EX 2-7690
1966
Side One
Ken Kesey   7:02
Ken Babbs And Harmonica   3:00
Take Two   0:43
Bull   0:47
Peggy The Pistol   4:05
Side Two
One Way Ticket   8:11
Bells & Fairies   1:20
Levitation   3:41
Trip X   1:48
The End   0:30
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Label states: As photographed and shown in "LOOK" magazine. Recorded from 14 hours of the actual trip.

Note: Actually recorded at The Sound City Acid Test, San Francisco, January 29, 1966

 

Links!
Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters
Merry Pranksters: Reference @ The Full Wiki
The Official Ken Kesey Site Run By Me... (Zane Kesey)

 


Dr Timothy Leary
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out was the mantra that this Harvard psychology professor developed after experimenting with mind-altering drugs at his Millbrook, NY estate. He was the spiritual guide for many of the days' musicians, political types and college kids. He was a great influence of the times, inspiring many songs about what transpired when you were "tripping."

In June, 1969, Leary decided to run for California Governor (against St Ronnie). Every campaign needs a theme song, so his friend, John Lennon, offered to compose a song based on his campaign slogan: "Come together, join the party." But Leary was sent back to prison for marijuana possesion, effectively ending his campaign. Lennon replaced some of the lyrics with gobbledygook words and recorded it with the rest of his Liverpool chums.

Here are a few of the recordings he made promoting his views on the subject. The last one listed has the attraction of Stills & Hendrix as back-up musicians.

The Psychedelic Experience
Broadside BRX-601
1966
Side One
Going Out   16:44
Side Two
Coming Back   24:10
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Readings from The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, PhD, Ralph Metzner, PhD, and Richard Alpert, PhD
Produced by: not named

Note: Timing are from CD reissue
 


Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
ESP Disc 1027
1966
Back Cover

 
Side One
Timothy Leary, Ph.D. Speaks On LSD   29:35
Side Two
Timothy Leary, Ph.D. Speaks On LSD   29:57
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Dr Timothy Leary
Produced by: not named

Note: Timing are from CD reissue
 


LSD
Pixie CA-1069
1967
Back Cover

 
Side One
Untitled   15:45
Side Two
Untitled   14:23

Note: Recorded at the Castalia Foundation
 

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Dr Timothy Leary
Produced by: not named

Note: Timing are from CD reissue
 


Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
(The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Mercury SR-61131
1967
Back Cover

Side One
The Turn On Bond-Eric-Giercarz 2:23
The Tune In Bond-Eric-Giercarz 3:34
The Beginning Of The Voyage (Heart Chakra) Bond-Eric-Giercarz 4:01
Root Chakra Bond-Eric-Giercarz 2:05
All Girls Are Yours Bond-Eric-Giercarz 4:37
Freak-Out Bond-Eric-Giercarz 0:29
Side Two
Freak-Out (Continued) Bond-Eric-Giercarz 3:53
Genetic Memory Bond-Eric-Giercarz 6:43
Re-Entry (Nirvana) Bond-Eric-Giercarz 3:10
Epilogue (Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out) Bond-Eric-Giercarz 2:52
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Timothy Leary, PhD-voice [Guide]
Ralph Metzner, PhD-voice [Voyager]
Rosemary Woodruff-voice [Divine Connection]
with:
Lars Eric-guitar
Richard Bond-tabla
Maryvonne Giercarz-veena
Produced by: Al Ham

 


You Can Be Anyone This Time Around
Douglas 1
8/70
Back Cover

Side One
You Can Be Anyone This Time Around   9:12
What Do You Turn On When You Turn On   6:41
Side Two
Live And Let Live†   14:12
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Timothy Leary, PhD
with:
Stephen Stills-guitar†
John Sebastian-guitar†
Jimi Hendrix-bass†
Buddy Miles-drums†
others uncredited
Produced by: not named

 

Note: Can't forget The Moody Blues song about Timothy—Legend Of A Mind (from In Search Of The Lost Chord, 7/68)
When Leary died in 1996, the Moodies re-recorded the song with updated lyrics.
 


Links!
Timothy Leary web site
Timothy Leary vaults

 


Second Opinion
Not everybody shared the "enlightment" that Leary preached. There were records released that were like bad trips, what with the ham-handed effects and nightmare stories. This Capitol record tries to present a more balanced view of LSD. Side one featured an open-ended interview (a sheet provided the local broadcaster the questions to ask). Side two had excerpts from another Capitol LSD record.

LSD
Capitol TAO-2574
8/66
Back Cover

 
Inside Cover

 
Record Label

Side One
Open End Interview With Dr Sydney Cohen   11:56
Side Two
Allen Ginsberg Excerpt   1:46
Lost Generation Excerpt   2:58
The Users Excerpt   4:04
Timothy Leary Excerpt   2:17
Trip Excerpt   3:30
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Produced by: not named

 

 


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