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The Youngbloods – Get Together
30th July, 2009 | 185 views

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The definitive version of this track which has been recorded numerous times, although I also have the version by We Five on seven. Love, peace and flowers drip out of the grooves in this universal paean to just getting along maaan, provoking big smiles and the involuntary rocking of the head from side to side to any listeners. Indelibly connected in my mind to the movie adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, as it was used in the soundtrack that introduced me to some outstanding ‘new’ music. Dialogue from the movie is used to bridge some of the songs on it and Johnny Depp utters the monologue below (adjusted only slightly from the novel) just before the Youngbloods track fades in:

San Francisco in middle of the sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive, in that corner of time in the world, whatever it meant. There was madness in any direction, at any hour, you could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning and that I think was the handle.

That sense of inevitable victory over the forces of old and evil, not in any mean or military sense, we didn’t need that; our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum, we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west and with the right kind of eyes, you can almost see the high water mark; that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

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Albert Hoffman RIP

From wikipedia:
The band were unique, even in the 60’s, in that they played most of their live shows and recorded their albums while on LSD

Not familiar with psychedelic rock, my brief brushes with it confined to viewing the “Pidgeon Toed Orange Peel” scene from the Clint Eastwood flick, Coogan’s Bluff and eating some mouldy rye bread. In these cases, when you have a whole genre of music that is unfamiliar, you need some guidance in the form of a huge compilation by an esteemed expert in the field and in this case you can do no wrong by getting the 4 CD box set of Nuggets – Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-68. Get it and freak out.

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