|Begin by The Millennium|
As an adult one of my greatest thrills is discovering some bubble-psych masterpiece that had somehow managed to slip past me. For example: In the late 80’s I found the Zombies’ Odessey & Oracle and The Rascals’ Once Upon a Dream. Ten years later I dove into Love’s Forever Changes and The Byrds’ Younger than Yesterday.
Today I experienced The Millennium’s 1968 masterpiece Begin for the first time. It’s records such as this (and the ones mentioned above) that are life-changing. Much in the way that I suspect LSD was for many people in the 1960’s (I’ve never sampled the substance myself), hearing these records can be transformational in that there’s no way of getting back to how life was prior to hearing them.
Not all psychedelic records are transformational in this way. There became a point in 1967-69 where “flower power” had become a brand, seen and heard everywhere as part of popular culture. Sadly, this meant that poser psych bands were a dime a dozen, and the real psych gems often got lost in the shuffle. This is the only explanation I can think of for why I’m just hearing Begin now. No worries, tho. I plan to listen to this record every day for the immediate future. It’s just that lovely.
I kindly suggest you do the same. :)