Crystal Syphon

Crystal Syphon

Merced, California based, mid-60s psych band.


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Crystal Syphon Family Evil Roaratorio US 2012 Sell This Version
Crystal Syphon Elephant Ball Roaratorio US 2015 Sell This Version


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September 24, 2012
Crystal Syphon, one of the greatest “lost” groups of the West Coast psych scene, came together in Merced, California in 1965. Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, it’s imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week. The band entertained offers from various labels during their existence, but as they insisted on complete artistic control and ownership of their music, no deals were struck. Now, some 44 years after its creation, Roaratorio is proud to make the music of Crystal Syphon available for the first time ever. Drawn from studio tracks, rehearsal tapes and a live recording from the Fillmore West, Family Evil is released with cover art by Norman Orr and extensive historical liner notes in an old-style “tip-on” jacket. Digital download included.

8/10 : "...unlike many of the scene's almost-rans, Crystal Syphon had great songs on their side, borrowing the best moves from primitivist garage energy, adding the glass-spun guitars and the warp and weft harmonies of The Byrds, and then dosing further with just the right amount of psychedelics. Particularly staggering are several longer cuts, like "Fuzzy And Jose" and the live "Winter Is Cold," where the quintet stretch the songs with sinuous organ and needlepoint guitar solos that are period-piece perfect." - Jon Dale, Uncut

"This is amazing. I'm way past believing that everything of worth has already been mined - I've been surprised too often. However, Merced, California's Crystal Syphon represents a true lost West Coast gem...I'd hate to curse the disc with over-enthusiasm, but you really should own this." - Paul Martin, Shindig!

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