Thursday, October 7, 2010

CD Review: The Psychedelic Aliens Have Landed

The Psychedelic Aliens
Psycho African Beat

Ghana's psychedelic-funk bands of the 1960's and 70's were influenced not only by other West African bands, but American rock and soul acts, too. The Psychedelic Aliens formed in 1968 and released only three short records over the next four years. So-named for the diverse ethnic composition of the group, The Psychedelic Aliens embodied an Afro-psyche-funk sound with touches of rock and soul for an outstanding album of historical proportions. The entire album contains only eight tracks, but this is attributed to the band's few recordings. The music does not disappoint. Anyone with an interest in African music from the 1960's-70's should obtain Psycho African Beat. After all, The Psychedelic Aliens have landed and their music doesn't sound so 'alien' to any of us. ~ Matthew Forss

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