T. Swift & the Electric Bag

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- none known


Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Are You Experienced

Company: Custom

Catalog: CS 1115

Year: 1967

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $75.00


I'll readily admit that I have a thing for exploito psych.  There's something fascinating in many of these quickie collections that were meant to part the consumer from his hard earned dollar.


This outfit's a complete mystery to me (and apparently everyone else as well). Their sole album was released by the small L.A. based Custom label which was responsible for a number of other expolito releases.  In typical exploito fashion, 1967's "Are You Experienced" contained no writing credits, no performance credits and no production credits (although the back panel carried a ton of technical data on the way the record was cut). That said, the result was a wonderful slice of period psychedelia ... Clearly a throwaway collection, the set offered up a mixture of surprisingly impressive originals and popular covers such as the Hendrix title track and a cover of the The Box Tops' 'The Letter' (mis-titled as 'A Jet'). Elsewhere they lock, stock and barrel appropriated The Classic IV's 'Spooky', re-titling it 'Take It Easy Baby'. Won't appeal to everyone, but for those of you into this weird subgenre, it's an undiscovered underground pseudo-classic !

"Are You Experienced" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Are You Experienced (Jimi Hendrix) - 
2.) As I Grow Into a Man
3.) Red Eyes (Instrumental)
4.) A Jet (instrumental)
5.) Take It Easy Baby


(side 2)
1.) What's Your Bag (instrumental)
2.) Free From In 6 (instrumental)
3.) The Stinger (instrumental)
4.) The Strut (instrumental)
5.) Expo In Sound (instrumental)


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