KALEIDOSCOPE - 'Keep Your Mind Open' (Epic BN 26304) June 1967
The Kaleidoscope were one of the most enigmatic and mysterious groups from Los Angeles whose music came across like a gypsy ensemble on acid. They utilized exotic instruments like saz bouzoukee, dobro, dulcimer, caz, oud and layered the Persian sound with keyboards, 12 string guitars, banjos and fiddles.
When I bought my first Kaleidoscope album in the mid 80s (the Edsel collection called 'Bacon From Mars') I must admit I was perplexed and just didn't understand where Kaleidoscope were at apart from some instant psychedelic jewels like 'Pulsating Dream' and 'Keep Your Mind Open'.
'Keep Your Mind Open' is from their debut album 'Side Trips' and is one of their most instant songs with it's laid back trippy sound and lysergic production. The song was written by bass player Christopher Darrow who also wrote the previously mentioned and classic acid/folk rocker 'Pulsating Dream'.
Although 'Side Trips' was released in June 1967, the songs were recorded much earlier at Columbia Square, Los Angeles during November and December 1966.
THE KALEIDOSCOPE - Keep Your Mind Open