Sacred Mushroom

Band members                              Related acts

- Fred Fogwell -- rhythm guitar
- Danny Goshorn -- vocals
- Larry Goshorn -- vocals, lead guitar
- Doug Hamilton -- drums, percussion
- Joe Stewart -- bass


- Pure Prairie League (Larry Goshorn) 


Genre: psych

Rating: ***  (3 stars)

Title:  Sacred Mushroom

Company: Parallax

Catalog: 4001

Year: 1969

Country/State: Hyde Park, Ohio

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG+

Comments: minor tape on back cover

Available: SOLD

Catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD $180.00


This one's always been somewhat of a mystery to me.  I occasionally see it on high priced psych lists, coupled with the usual dealer BS descriptions "radical, mind numbing psych, etc., etc." ... Many of you probably won't be shocked to hear that most of the album isn't particularly psychedlic.

First, here's what I know about the band. Hailing from Hyde Park (a Cincinatti, Ohio suburb), rhythm guitarist Fred Fogwell, singer Danny Goshorn, lead guitarist Larry Goshorn, drummer Doug Hamilton and bassist Joe Stewart came together in 1966. Sharing an interest in the blues they began playing local clubs as The Sacred Mushroom, in the process attracting a small following (dubbed the Mushroom People). Signed by the small Minaret label, the band released a one shot single ('Break Away Girl' b/w 'Yellow Fellow' Minaret catalog number MIN-131), that instantly vanished into obscurity.

1969 found the band somehow attracting the attention of the small Parallax label, which signed them, agreeing to finance an album. Released later in the year, "The Sacred Mushroom" teamed the band with producer Don Litwin (Herman Gimbel credited as executive producer). In spite of the trippy name and great psychedelic cover art (courtesy of Rhea Atkins), the majority of the album found the band pursuing a fairly pedestrian blues attack. With Larry responsible for the majority of the eight tracks, there wasn't anything wrong with material such as 'You Won't Be Sorry', 'I Take Care' or 'Lifeline'. Unfortunately, overlooking a nifty cover of The Kinks' 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else' (which stood as the album's highlight), none of the set's white-boys-singing-the-blues efforts were particularly original. Competent and professional, the isolated bits of excitement were largely a result of Larry's excellent guitar work ('I Take Care"' ... Probably based on rarity more than quality, the album's been booted a couple of times, including a 1993 CD release by the French Eva label (catalog number 852125). In 2001 the Goshorn's reissued the collection in CD format.

"The Sacred Mushroom" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) I Don't Like You (Larry Goshorn - Doug Hamilton) - 2:50
2.) You Won't Be Sorry (Larry Goshorn) - 2:15
3.) Catatonic Lover (Larry Goshorn) - 3:00
4.) All Good Things Must Have An End (Larry Goshorn) - 4:40

(side 2)

1.) I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Ray Davies) - 4:34
2.) I Take Care (Larry Goshorn) - 4:57
3.) Mean Old World (Otis Rush) - 4:38
4.) Lifeline (Larry Goshorn) - 6:34

Larry and Danny subsequently enjoyed some success as a member of Pure Prairie League (see separate entry).  They also have their own website: