Album Review

Kesey, Ken and Babbs, Ken – “Acid Test Vol. 1” – [King Mob]

abacus   2/6/2013   A Library, CD

Some more lost treasures from the Merry Prankster archives of tripped out recording experimentation. We have two LPs here. One is the Sound City Acid Test??recording session from 1965 at the La Honda compound full of interviews and strangeness revealing the mission statement and mischevious meanderings of the Merry Pranksters. For more info on this, check the 12″ already in the library. What’s new to us here is the LP Red, White and Blue Meet the Black from 1966 that details the relationship between the Pranksters and the Hell’s Angels surrounding the events of the Vietnam Day Protests in Oakland/Bezerkely. Two side-longs of primitive psychedelia and campfire blues storytelling with interviews, fake news reports and general tribalistic trippery. Ponderous poetry and stream of consciousness poetry rapping about outlaws, beatniks and bums, pacifist protests and pill popping, communism and crazies, all the leftover crumbs of society. The pieces blend jam sessions between Ken and Ken and then jump in and out of chaotic collages of improvisations, vocal layerings and all sorts of found sounds. A perfect picture of the early days of acid tripping and duping the man. Dig it.

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