Fine Melodies

Category: 1960s

Mort Garson – Electronic Hair Pieces (1969)

Mort Garson’s Plantasia is probably his most well-known work, but all of his work is quite brilliant. Especially this one, Electronic Hair Pieces, which covers songs from the musical, Hair. He became a synth master during the 60’s, mainly known for using Moog. Mort has been involved as composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and pianist as required in many top hits starting in the 50’s, and starting on his own projects in the 60’s. There is a great slice of a mini documentary on him floating on Youtube. I haven’t been able to find a longer version of the video.


Alan Watts – This Is It (1962)

A poetic album by the philosopher. Very out there and great. I didn’t know he had made an album until I stumbled upon it in Cincinnati on a road trip and bought it immediately without listening to it first. The record store was around the corner from a brewery in a church basement.

Paul Horn – Inside (1968)

Here’s another one I thought I might as well put up. Also has been played on Double Sided Galaxy many times. Paul Horn the great flautist, he passed away in 2014.

He began as a Jazz flautist in the late 1950’s and into the late 1960’s when he began practicing Transcendental Meditation, at which point he made his musical transition into the more meditative playing. He is known for recording an album not only in the Great Pyramid, but also in the Taj Mahal.

He recorded over 40 albums, and some of his more ‘out there’ greats are Paul Horn in India, Inside, Inside II, Visions, and Inside the Great Pyramid.


Dorothy Ashby – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby (1970)

A beautiful harpist from Detroit, funky jazz, reaching spiritual. Most active in 1960s. Notable albums are “Hip Harp”, “Afro-Harping”, and “Dorothy’s Harp”. This album I think is the most notable because it’s not conforming so much to other styles or funk, like “Afro-Harping” and “Dorothy’s Harp” do, which is a reason to check those out too though, because they are funky. She also played on many albums of other famous folk such as Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Billy Preston, Freddie Hubbard.

I think my favorite song on this album is possibly “Joyful Grass & Grape”.


France Gall – Frankenstein (1972)

Song by Serge Gainsbourg, which wrote multiple hit songs for France Gall, so did Alain Goraguer. This song never became popular but it’s the best song she recorded in my opinion; everything else is just typical 60’s french pop.

She was married to a man with the last name Hamburger, so I guess that means at one point in her life she was a singing France Hamburger with sweet buns and pickle.

Alain Goraguer arranged this for France Gall:


Jimmy McGriff – Electric Funk (1969)

Legendary American Hammond B3 player… this is the grooviest album he created.

Released on Blue Note.


Fifty Foot Hose – Cauldron (1967)

this is dope stuff.. way better than jefferson airplane which the singer sounds almost identical to grace slick.. and i think this is the only album they made.

Fifty Foot Hose is a psychedelic rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1967. Like a few other acts of the time they consciously tried to combine the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas.


Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida (1968)

a rockin band, pretty good grooves

the mid 70’s bass player of this band had disappeared in 1995 and many thought it was x-files style sketch stuff going on, four years later hikers found his skeletal remains inside a van at the bottom of a malibu canyon ravine. here is some info on it:

 Kramer immersed himself in schooling, studying engineering and getting a job building radar equipment. He graduated from night school with straight A’s and got a job at Northrup, working on the design of the MX missile. At the time of his disappearance, he had reportedly discovered a mathematical formula that would allow matter to travel faster than the speed of light. His involvement in projects of this nature have led to theories that he was abducted or murdered.  What is known is that on Feb. 12, 1995, having spent an hour waiting at Los Angeles International Airport for a business contact who never arrived, he called both his wife and Ron Bushy from his cell phone in his car, leaving Bushy a cryptic message about seeing him  “…on the other side.” According to newspaper reports, Kramer also called 911 just before noon that day and said he was going to commit suicide. Despite this, family members believe he could have been the victim of foul play. After he disappeared, his wife, Jennifer, said her husband “would never, for any reason or under any circumstances, allow himself to completely abandon the family he loves more than life itself.”


Schizofrenia – Taste of Blues (1969)

from the youtube description to describe it best:

Formed around Claes Ericsson, who would later perform in the 70’s band LOTUS, Taste of Blues challenges their listeners with a saucy concoction of the late 60s psych sound as well as something entirely original and free. It might just be a stretch to call this one Krautrock, but when one jumps in at the deep end here, the overt improvisations beyond the relative blues banner up front, is downright uncanny. Loads of CAN reminding moments, and this is well before CAN even developed their legendary monotonous rhythm based structure.

i been jiving on this for days

perfect amount of synth, variation, etc.


Brigitte Fontaine – Comme à la radio (1969)

so this was your b day gift.

brigitte fontaine with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Areski Belkacem, crazy free jazz stuff going on with french chanson, erie groovy awkward. she has collaborated with a bunch of people like stereolab, sonic youth, archie shepp..