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From: Los Angeles, CA, USA

This Los Angeles folk-psych artist got his kick start playing bass on Donovan's classic 1966 Sunshine Superman LP. Also at around this time, he released an obscure 45 ('Autumn Too Long' b/w 'You've Gotta Stop') on the Hanna-Barbera label as Bob & Kit.

In 1967, Ray along with James Smith and Terry Hand formed the trio Thorinshield, which was very much influenced by Donovan. The group issued a couple of singles and an excellent self-titled LP, but unfortunately none of their recordings sold well prompting them to split. Ray then went solo, hooking up with Johnny Rivers who produced his sole 1968 LP Initiation Of A Mystic, which includes the outstanding tracks 'Personal Movie' and 'Smog Song'. Unfortunately, this album too went nowhere prompting Ray to drop out of the music business.

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Artist information sources include: The book, 'Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.

Original LPs/EPs

Initiation Of A Mystic

Original LP/EP Label: Soul City SCS-92007

Released: 1968

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Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Personal Movie
  • Smog Song