Shipping Now: Kaleidoscope’s Late 60s Puerto Rican Garage Psych Rock Masterpiece

Now-Again | Sep. 8, 2016 | News | ,


If you’re a frequent visitor to this site, then this is not the first time that you’ve heard of Kaleidoscope. You know, for instance, that this is the Kaleidoscope whose roots are in Puerto Rican teenage garage rockers, whose sole album was recorded in the Dominican Republic at the high-point of the flower power era, which album was only ever pressed in a miniscule run in Mexico in 1969.

You know it’s now one of the most sought after rock artifacts on the planet. And you know, because you read about it when we mentioned it, that their “Let Me Try” was sampled by Just Blaze for Beyonce’s “Freedom.”

But you’re probably just hearing that Kaleidoscope is now remastered and reissued with an extensive, photo-filled booklet with the story of the band and their album by historian Enrique Rivas Viniegra. And with a cool new cover to boot. Not that the original wasn’t great (in fact we think it was superb – but you can read about that in the liner notes.


Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope

Now-Again | May. 5, 2016 | Catalog |

Buy it here.

LP tracklist:

Hang Out
PS Come Back
A Hole In My Life
Let Me Try
I Think It’s All Right
Once Upon A Time There Was A World
A New Man
I’m Crazy
I’m Here, He’s Gone, She’s Cryin’

Original sessions produced by Kaleidoscope. Originally produced for issue by Edgar Zamudio

Originally issued on Orfeon Mexico LP-12-666.

Licensed courtesy Francisco Tirado. All songs written by Francisco Tirado, except “Hang Out,” “A Hole In My Life,” “I’m Crazy” written by Orlando Vázquez and “I’m Here, He’s Gone, She’s Cryin’ written by Adib Casta.
This reissue produced by Eothen Alapatt.
Liner notes by Enrique Rivas Viniegra..
Remastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles.
Art direction by Errol Richardson.
All photos courtesy Francisco Tirado.
Special thanks to Thomas Hartlage and Shadoks Music.

Recorded January 1968 at Fabiola Studio in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, by Fabio Inoa.
Personnel: Francisco “Frank” Tirado (Bass, Vocals on “Colours,” “Please Come Back,” “Let Me Try,” “I Think It’s Allright,” “Once Upon a Time There Was A World”); Orlando “Orly” Vázquez (Guitar, Bass, Vocals on “Hang Out,” “A Hole In My Life,” “I´m Crazy”); Julio Arturo Fernández (Organ); Rafael Cruz (Drums); Pedrín García (Guitar), Adib Casta (Guitar, Vocals on “I´m Here, He´s Gone, She´s Cryin’” ).

LP, CD. NA 5145.