Garage-psych holy grail Kaleidoscope finally available digitally!

Now-Again | Jul. 25, 2013 | Licensing,News |

It’s a great pleasure that we can present one of our favorite garage-psych records of all times – the self titled, and only, record by the Puerto Rican band Kaleidoscope, who recorded their album in the Dominican Republic and saw it issued in a promotional run of two-hundred copies on Mexico’s Orfeon label. It’s gone on to become one of the sought after artifacts of the late 60s world-rock scene, with clean copies – when the surface – selling for upwards of $8,000.

The German reissue label Shadoks – with whom we’ve issued a number of Zamrock titles – licensed the album through the band’s leader, guitarist and vocalist Frank Tirado, and issued it on CD and LP. We approached Frank and got the rights to license Kaleidoscope’s impossible to imitate music on both master and publishing sides – and, at the urging of Shadoks Thomas Hartlage, have made it available for digital purchase for the first time ever. Download a sample song below and if you like what you hear – and we’re almost certain you will – support the release of global wonders by purchasing the entire album.

Download: Kaleidoscope – Let Me Try
Buy: Kaleidoscope: Kaleidoscope on Itunes.

8 Responses to “Garage-psych holy grail Kaleidoscope finally available digitally!”

  1. [...] Danny Bridgman og Peter Daltrey. Det var aktivt i årene 1967-68 og fik udgivet to album, Tangerine Dream og Faintly Blowin. Dernæst var der det amerikanske Kaleidoscope med David Lindley, Chester Crill, Solomon Feldthouse, John Vidican, Chris Darrow, Stuart Brotman, Paul Lagos, Jeff Kaplan, ogRon Johnston. Dette band var aktivt i årene 1966 til 1970 (og er blevet gendannet et par gange siden hen) og fik dengang udsendt fire album - Side Trips (1967), A Beacon from Mars (1968), Incredible! Kaleidoscope (1969) og Bernice (1970). Siden er der kommet et par stykker til og diverse opsamlinger. Endelig er der det puerto-ricanske band Kaleidoscope, der fik udsendt et enkelt eponymt album i tresserne. Det udkom i nogle få hundre eksemplarer på de mexikanske plademærke Orfeon. Siden den psykedeliske musik fra tresserne fik en renæssance – bl.a. i kraft af udgivelse af de såkaldte Nuggets-opsamlinger – er Kaleidoscopes plade blevet et efterstræbt samlerobjekt, der er gået til skyhøje priser. Og pladen blev udsendt på cd af det obskure tyske mærke Shadocks. Via tyskerne er det nu lykkedes det amr. Nowagainrecords at få rettighederne til endnu en genudgivelse. Hermed bliver det muligt for en større kreds af feinschmeckere at lytte til en af de mest specielle psykedeliske udgivelser fra tresserne. Lidt flere oplysninger og et gratis download finder du på plademærkets hjemmeside. [...]

  2. [...] Les Pauls, and the Hammond B3 organ layered on top, the album was off to a good start, but ‘Kaleidoscope‘ really draws its strength from its raw youthful energy; the garage aesthetic.  With no [...]

  3. Steven says:

    I dig Now-Again and what you do generally, but why do labels who love quality music and vinyl in particular, then make the music available digitally but only at the lowest quality i.e iTunes and mp3s?

    It so easy these days, if you’re going to release digitally as well (great for those who can’t always afford to buy everything they want on vinyl) to make releases available in full-quality format either from your own website/store, Beatport, juno etc – or in hi-grade smaller file format like FLAC using something as easy as Bandcamp. That way people can still appreciate the music at a decent quality.

  4. [...] Las Grecas – Amma Immi Kaleidoscope – Colours Unknown Mortal Orchestra – The Opposite Of Afternoon Dinosaurs Are Still [...]

  5. kimdibby says:

    Steven, I feel that these types of recordings don’t necessarily warrant your “decent quality” standards. I don’t hear much room for enhancement. Paltry nitpicking imo…

  6. [...] (Only One) 19. The Fire Tapes – Scarlett Cliffs 20. Rose Windows – Wartime Lovers 21. Kaleidoscope – Let Me Try 22. Allah-Las – Every Girl 23. Campfires – Fortune Teller 24. Obits [...]

  7. [...] late 1960s psych-rock band Kaleidoscope is not to be confused with the English Kaleidoscope of the late 1960s…or the American [...]

  8. […] late 1960s psych-rock band Kaleidoscope is not to be confused with the English Kaleidoscope of the late 1960s…or the American […]

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