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Friday, May 14, 2010

THE OPEN MIND - MAGIC POTION


An absolute holy grail record for me that I never thought I would actually own. I first heard "Magic Potion" around 1993 when it was covered by the British psychedelic group Sundial (on their "Return Journey" album); I distinctly remember reading in one of the reviews for the disc that the song was originally performed by the Open Mind which started the search. At the time, I worked at a small record shop and I poured over all of our import catalogs for any trace of the Open Mind on any format or compilation and there was NOTHING. This was also a time when I was heavily collecting psychedelic records so this just built up the urgency to find out more about this record and group.

Some time later (but still in those pre-internet days) I learned enough about the record to know that it was incredibly hard to get so at the time I basically put it out of my head that I would ever own it. It's not as if I would have found it on any of my digging excursions through rural flea markets and my favorite record store haunts!

Here it is fifteen years later and this record is now in my collection! Due to lots of grief from the seller the deal almost fell through and it certainly was heartbreaking that it almost slipped through my fingers but all was right in the universe and I was able to collect it in person while I was recently in London and DJ'ed it out that same night to not only my utmost satisfaction but it elicited some real heat on the dance floor as well. I certainly wasn't surprised as this is the most arse-kicking psychedelic record ever made.

from 1969...

THE OPEN MIND - MAGIC POTION

13 comments:

Red Leeroy said...

That is a stupendously good tune. cheers.

Anonymous said...

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IAN WRIGHT said...

Thanks, Derek. Shades of Steppenwolf and Strawberry Alarm Clock ! Great track.

Regards,
IAN in Oz.

Gyro1966 said...

A real monster, Derek!

Rockin' Jeff said...

This is an awesome track.
Any chance you migth post the flip side anytime soon....?

citybuddha said...

A real toe tapper...

dean chalkley said...

a great record to have in your collection and it sounded fantastic at SHAKE! too.... i did get a little concerned when just at the moment you had qued it up that girl leaned over the decks to speak to you..but all was saved and the open mind's sonic delights were seamlessly beamed to all in the room...joy..nice one derek...

Anonymous said...

Indeed one of the Holy grails of English psyche.......

Mighty choon and choice...nice ome...


got me a repro of BABY YOUR PHRASING IS BAD - CALEB , the other day....

great site , thanks for all the choons and effort....

Hunter said...

did not let down

Jem said...

Whoa! Excellent tune thank you!

Out In The Street said...

Great story, great song!

I guess the Nuggets II box hadn't come out back in the early 90s? That's where I heard this one.

Derek See said...

yeah, the Nuggets II box came out around 2002.

1969ok said...

Thanks for posting - heard this on sounds of the 60's on R2 today. Which came first I wonder - this or the Stooges first album (also 1969)?