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Blues Magoos
From: The Bronx, NY, USA
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The Blues Magoos, originally from the Bronx and named the Bloos Magoos, rose from the budding Greenwich Village folk-rock scene. In 1966, they signed to Mercury Records and were immediately made over with Vidal Sassoon haircuts and lighted electric suits created by New York City fashion designer Diana Dew. They were originally comprised of Peppy Thielhelm (vocals, guitar), Ralph Scala (organ, vocals), Ronnie Gilbert (bass), Mike Espisito (lead guitar) and Geoff Daking (drums).

Their late 1966 debut LP 'Psychdelic Lollipop' is notable for the early use of the word "psychedelic" in the title. Highlights on the album include the U.S. #5 hit single '(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet' and the equally good B-side 'Gotta Get Away'. The Blues Magoos gained further notoriety with hidden drug references in titles such as 'Love Seems Doomed' (LSD) and 'Albert Common Is Dead' (ACID).

The 1967 follow-up LP 'Electric Comic Book' took promotion of the band to whole other level. Lava lamps and iron-ons were advertised inside the album, which also came with a mini comic book of the band, but all of these marketing efforts weren't enough to put them back up high on the charts. This album includes the excellent 'There's A Chance We Can Make It', featuring some outstanding psychedelic lead guitar work.

In 1968, the band's original lineup released their third and final LP, 'Basic Blues Magoos', which shed some of the garage sound for a more melodic groove, even including a respectable cover of 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow', a song originally conceived and performed by the U.K. pop-psych outfit the Move. Highlights on this album include the anthem sounding 'Chicken Wire Lady' and epistle 'I Can Move A Mountain'. Unfortunately and quite surprisingly the LP yielded no hits and the original ensemble soon split.

Thielhelm, with a completely different lineup, signed to ABC Records and recorded the Latin-tinged album 'Never Goin' Back To Georgia' in 1969 and 'Gulf Coast Bound' in 1970. In the early 90s a highly recommended CD compilation titled 'Kaleidescopic Compendium' was released and covers their best songs from their first three LPs.

Psychedelic Lollipop
Original LP/EP Label: Mercury SR 61096
Released: November 1966
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
Blues Magoos -  (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
(Original 45 Label: Mercury 72622, A - October 1966)
Blues Magoos -  Gotta Get Away
(Original 45 Label: Mercury 72622, B - October 1966)



Electric Comic Book
Original LP/EP Label: Mercury MG 21104
Released: 1967
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
Blues Magoos -  There's A Chance We Can Make It
(Original 45 Label: Mercury 72660, B - March 1967)



Basic Blues Magoos
Original LP/EP Label: Mercury ST 61167
Released: 1968
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
Blues Magoos -  Chicken Wire Lady
Blues Magoos -  I Can Move A Mountain

Kaleidoscope Compendium: The Best Of The Blues Magoos
CD Label: Polygram 512313
Kaliedescope
This compilation CD contains all of the songs by this artist that are played on TWOS.

More Nuggets, Vol. 2
CD Label: Rhino 75777
 
This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet



Nuggets: Original Artifacts From The First Psychedelic Era
CD Label: Rhino 75466
 
This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet



  

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